{book} excused

30 days of pbI had thought to save Excuses, Excuses by Anushka Ravishankar for another time, having already shared two of her picture books this month. It suddenly seems apt as I’ve dropped off the map for the long weekend. I am also going to argue that this provides the opportunity to not only continue to revel in Ravishankar’s humor, but share another illustrator.

excuses coverDay Twenty: Excuses, Excuses

by Anushka Ravishankar, illustrated by Gabrielle Manglou

Tara Books 2012.

The stories Neel tells as excuse for his departure from intentions are as colorful as Gabrielle Manglou’s illustrations. Neel finds himself at an end of a week’s worth of excuses with the optimism that the next week is a new one; only instead of hoping he will be good and do as he says, we look forward to what excuses he’ll come up with next.

Excuses4Realist images are abstracted in mixed-media collage reflect Anushka Ravishankar’s text wherein Neel’s fancy is pieced among the familiar. Both Ravishankar and Manglou prove themselves poets, entertaining and smart.


Recommended for fans of Judith Voigt and Shel Silverstein.

….would’ve loved to write similarly creative excuses w/ Natalya, but more than that, the illustrations are inspiring.


Anushka Ravishankar a mathematics graduate, has made a name for herself internationally as an Indian children’s writer, with over 10 books of verse, fiction and non-fiction. Her special talent is in the area of nonsense verse, where she brilliantly adapts this difficult genre to Indian English usage, without a false note. Anushka Ravishankar can be said to have pioneered the Indian English nonsense verse form and brought it to international attention. She recently returned from a UK tour with Children’s Laureate, Michael Rosen, at the Children’s Bookshow.

Gabrielle Manglou was born in 1971 in Reunion Island, where she lives and works. She is a graduate of Graduate Schools of Fine Arts Montepellier and Marseille. A multidisciplinary artist, Manglou focuses on drawing in its original form. His sculptures, videos and installations then arise from the continuity of the creative process. Nourished by its roots carriers Creole imaginary “mesh”, the artist refers in works finely worked a magical world in which humans, animals and plants seem to converse with some glee. Since 2003, Gabrielle is an artist associated with The Magik!, A company that creates theatrical devices combining everyday objects and moving images. (Lerka bio)

{images belong to Gabrielle Manglou}

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I read, and I write. and until recently, I sold books.

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