The Piano- Story of a Friendship

“A graphic novel is an unusual form in children’s literature and this one uses the form well to tell a poignant story about creativity and the connection between an artist and her tools. The layering of history, with the piano being passed down to owners in different countries, is a skillful narrative device. It conveys the universality of these ideas and of human beings coping with similar issues across space and time.”

Duckbill Books by Penguin Random House India 2020 Nandita Basu Nandita Basu

Queen of Earth

“This is a brilliant historical fiction grounded in thorough research. The narrative is engaging and layered. While the focus remains on a queen ruling at a time when women were not documented in historical records, the story makes room for emotional relationships as well as complex details of lifestyle from that period.”


Duckbill Books by Penguin Random House India 2020 Devika Rangachari

Who’s There?

“A folktale from Jharkhand. A Bhoot and a Bhootni take temporary shelter in a farmer’s attic where the Bhootni gives birth to a dozen little ones. Later they find a permanent shelter in a tamarind tree at the end of the farmer’s field. The quirkiness of the idea and the setting of the story are very engaging. The charming and playful illustrations reinforce the text.”

Duckbill Books by Penguin Random House India 2020 Hansda Sowvendra Shekhar Anupama Ajinkya Apte

My Daddy and the Well

“As a child, Jerry’s father worked hard to water the banana fields. He used a long bamboo to lift water and often jumped into the well. Years later, a hand operated pump was used for watering. But when people migrated to greener pastures, the village stopped growing red bananas. One day daddy takes little Jerry to his village. On seeing the unused well and rusted hand pump he remembers the good old days and jumps into the well for a good swim!”

Duckbill Books by Penguin Random House India 2020 Jerry Pinto Lavanya Naidu