Subhash Kommuru (Author) | Nayan Soni (Illustrator)
Chatur the Laundry Man is a funny, lighthearted story with a subtle lesson. Chatur thinks of nothing but growing his business, but his friend Gadhu the donkey keeps telling him to take it easy. When Chatur has a bright idea to get more business, things seem to be going his way but take an unexpected turn. Will Chatur learn that sometimes success takes a little time and patience?
This book starts out with a little Hindi pronunciation guide, which I love. Not only does the story introduce a new culture, but it does so accurately and informatively.
The font choices inside aren’t exactly complimentary. A different (handwritten?) font would have been a better choice for speech/dialogue snippets. Also, it would be best if all dialogue (or none) was in a different font. As is, it’s a little confusing.
Really cute and fun. The simple artwork perfectly captures the tone of the story, and every character is wonderfully expressive.
Good overall, though I feel the title should be quite a bit larger. The text treatment is a bit lackluster, which detracts from an otherwise appealing cover. The designer used the same fonts for the title as for the main text. In theory, this might lend to continuity; however, I think a stronger title font would have been a better choice.
About the Author:
Subhash and Sujata an Award winning Children’s author(s), hail from India and have been Honored for Excellence by Mom’s Choice Awards.
They migrated to the United States along with their memories of childhood and youth. Now that they are parents, just like every immigrant they crave to introduce their child to the culture and values of their upbringing. Yet it is challenging to teach something while you are in the midst of adjusting to a different culture yourself.
Subhash and Sujata both work in different disciplines and have different styles and backgrounds, but it is the upbringing of their son that brings them on the same page. That exact place where they meet is captured and reflected in their stories, where Subhash can express in words, and Sujata can illustrate them beautifully. Where he puts it in black and white, she adds color to it. You get the idea!
These stories are their attempt to share a glimpse of their childhood days with their son. He is their inspiration to write short stories that have meaning to them and provide teaching in some shape or form.
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