Ganesha’s Sweet Tooth

written by Emily Haynes, pictures by Sanjay Patel

{Please, please, please…if you live in San Francisco, GO SEE THEM at the Cartoon Art Musuem on October 4th. Please! For me.}

Ganesha’s Sweet Tooth is based on a legend in Hindu mythology, but this version has jawbreakers! And a mouse pal! And SPECTACULAR illustrations!

Spectacular is really an understatement. I don’t think I know a word that can contain how spectacfantasterrificawesome these pictures are.

Endpapers that look like blueprints and sketches set the tone for a fresh story, enhanced so beautifully by shape and line.

From the title page on, this book will knock you out graphically. You will see stars (shape!) and vibrating birdies (movement!) flitting around your brain.

Ok. Let me back up a minute. Do you know Darshana Khiani? You should. She reviews books on her blog and always shares gems. And SHE is a gem. We met at the LA SCBWI conference in 2011, but what we didn’t know is that we would bump into each other over and over again online this year and become fast friends. So cool. Darshana emailed me a couple of weeks ago and told me I had to stop, drop, and roll myself to this book ASAP.

I love that she thought I would love it. I love that she was right. And I love that she suggested doing a joint review on it today.

That’s right! More book bang for your buck! So be sure to head over to her place for more of Ganesha and Mr. Mouse.

So much hops off the pages of Ganesha’s Sweet Tooth that my brain hurts to know where to begin. From the title page up a few pictures, to the repeated circles on the illustration above, shape dominates the pages. It’s a smorgasbord of circles, squares, and triangles.

Oh, this page. After every handful of illustrations, your eyes land on a picture like this one. The bright colors quiet for a moment, and these particular pages are striking in their stark contrast. White text, white graphic elements, and one bold, rich color. There’s something about pacing here, and I can’t quite put my finger on what it is that happens, but aesthetically, the balance is just outstanding.

A story about a sweet tooth begs for a decadent color palette, and these hues are just plain tasty and delightful.

Get this book. (Listen to Darshana, even if you think I am bonkers. She has good taste.)


  • Posted September 27, 2012 at 11:54 pm | Permalink

    I am so glad we met at the Summer Conference. Thanks for doing the joint review. Fantastic write-up, love your enthusiasm. Glad you LOVED the book. 🙂 I wish I could go to the event at the Cartoon Museum. Maybe next time.

  • Posted September 28, 2012 at 8:26 am | Permalink

    Haha, wasn’t at all obvious, huh?!

  • Posted September 28, 2012 at 4:05 am | Permalink

    WOW! That’s pretty much all I can say! The art is amazing. Talk about jump off the page. Thanks so much for giving us a glimpse at this wonderful book. So great that you and Darshana teamed up! Thanks, Carter! 🙂

  • Posted September 28, 2012 at 6:45 am | Permalink

    Oh wow, it’s GORGEOUS! And my new-phew (’cause he’s new to the family) Akash is Indian and his favorite animal is the elephant! PERFECTION. I will be sending it to him TODAY. And grabbing one or two for myself! Thank you Carter and Darshana! (Both of your posts came to my inbox at the same time!)

  • Posted September 28, 2012 at 8:26 am | Permalink

    NEW-PHEW?!! That is the best word I’ve heard all day. I mean, it’s early…but that’s a keeper.

  • Posted September 28, 2012 at 7:02 am | Permalink

    Wow, the art in this book is amazing. And what a great idea to do a joint review! Thanks for sharing it.

  • Posted September 28, 2012 at 10:11 am | Permalink

    Loved that you and Darshane teamed up on this one. Beautiful artwork. Enjoyed your interpretation.

  • Posted September 28, 2012 at 1:20 pm | Permalink

    What a spectacular book. I am sold! As a dental hygienist by day and writer by night, this book hits two of my heartstrings. Carter, your excitement is contagious!

  • Posted September 28, 2012 at 1:23 pm | Permalink

    Ha! How perfect!

  • Posted September 28, 2012 at 7:56 pm | Permalink

    Love the bold, bright colors! And I absolutely love that the two of you teamed up on this review. What an excellent idea! (I’m just a tad envious, though, that Darshana met you at SCBWI LA ’11 and I didn’t! I *did* meet Darshana!)

  • Posted September 29, 2012 at 12:01 pm | Permalink

    I love visiting your blog. You show off some of the most dazzling books I have ever seen.

    And this one is on my “to get” list.

  • Posted October 4, 2012 at 10:59 pm | Permalink

    This is awesome. I love the colors and the shape 🙂

  • Posted October 5, 2012 at 5:37 am | Permalink

    Reblogged this on dbradah's Blog.

  • Posted October 5, 2012 at 9:48 pm | Permalink

    I have a vintage scarf collection and some of the designs look like beautiful 60’s textile prints freshly interpreted. I will have to check it out. Thanks for sharing.

  • Posted October 6, 2012 at 11:38 am | Permalink

    amazing artwork. I love it.

  • Posted October 6, 2012 at 11:41 am | Permalink

    Crazy gorgeous.

  • Posted October 8, 2012 at 3:29 am | Permalink

    Hello Carter! I just discovered your blog and I think it is fabulous! I love the concept of exploring the ways pictures can works with word.Going to follow you from now on!

    I love the design in this book: smart and colourful! I am not a child but I would buy it the same! 🙂

  • Posted October 23, 2012 at 2:45 pm | Permalink

    This is beautiful! I will have to hunt it down for sure!

  • Posted October 23, 2012 at 2:46 pm | Permalink

    Yes! Do it!

  • Posted May 3, 2014 at 2:19 am | Permalink

    So sweet,, Simple but great picture collection,, like it,,

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