I’m so excited about this just 1 book post by illustrator Ken Min! Ken is fabulously talented and has his first book, written by F. Zia and published by Lee & Low Books, Hot, Hot Roti for Dada-ji is going to be released in just a few weeks. But Ken Min and Lee & Low Books have offered to give TWO teach mama readers their very own signed copy–hot off the presses!
This new book focuses on little Aneel, whose grandparents have come all the way from India to stay with his family. Aneel loves the sweet smell of his grandmother’s incense, and his grandfather, Dada-ji, tells the world’s best stories. Aneel tries to find out if his Dada-ji still has the “power of a tiger” given to him when he ate “fluffy-puffy hot, hot roti, with a bit of tongue-burning mango pickle”, as Aneel figures out how to make a batch of hot, hot roti for his grandfather.
With fab illustrations, a strong story, and a food-focus, this book sounds like it’s right up my family’s alley–can’t wait to get my hands on it and try some hot, hot roti ourselves!
about the author: Ken Min studied illustration at Art Center, College of Design and has worked as a storyboard artist for animation and various commercial houses. He has been recognized for his portfolio work at various SCBWI regional events and was runner up in the portfolio display at the 2008 National Conference in Los Angeles. He recently illustrated the title HOT, HOT ROTI FOR DADA-JI for Lee & Low Books.
I absolutely love how one incident, one book moved Ken to become interested in children’s literature and to begin a career in illustrating. It always amazes me to see what it takes for a person to stumble upon his or her life’s work. . .
- just one book: illustrator guest post by Ken Min
You know how there are benchmark moments in your life, periods that define you and mold you into the person that you are? This is one of those moments for me.
I used to work at a retail bookstore. This is going to sound terrible, but no one wanted to go into the children’s section. It was always a big mess. The clerks drew straws to see who had to clean it up.
One day I drew the short straw and it was my time in the trenches. As I’m straightening up the section, trying to find some ‘order’ to the chaos, I spot this book on the floor by my feet. It was the miniaturized version of George Shrinks by William Joyce.
If you aren’t familiar with the title, it is a story about a boy who wakes up one day and finds he is about 4” tall. He shrank overnight. And the story, as it plays out, is a note from his folks telling him things he needs to do during the day. Just some random, ordinary chores to be completed. But at 4” tall, things take on a whole new perspective. Try brushing your teeth when the head of the toothbrush is bigger than your head. But when it comes to washing the dishes or feeding the fish, one can make quite an adventure out of these simple tasks. I remember thinking, “Wow, this is fun!”
At that moment I really took notice of all the books around me. There were titles like The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs (by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith), Tuesday (by David Weisner) and many others. Just a lot of really wonderful, creatively engaging new books which have a great artistic component to them. Of course, at the time, I was mainly familiar only with the titles from my childhood, so looking at all these new works was rather eye-opening. So much so, that I started thinking that I wanted to be a part of this, that I wanted to illustrate a picture book.
It took me a few years, but I succeeded in my goal. This spring marks the debut of my first picture book- Hot, Hot Roti for Dada-ji. I’m really excited by it and it probably would not have come to pass without a bit of inspiration and gentle prodding from George (by way of William Joyce).
GIVEAWAY: TWO signed copies of Hot, Hot Roti for Dada-ji of your very own!
- Leave a comment here (along with your email address) simply sharing why your family–or students–need a copy of Hot, hot Roti for Dada-ji.
- For extra entries, you can share this post with a friend (just tell me who you shared it with!) OR Tweet this: Win a HOT off the presses signed book by Ken Min on @teachmama http://teachmama.com/?p=1846 #weteach #ece
This contest ends on Monday, MAY 2, 2011 at midnight ET.
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