The Road to Mumbai
By Ruth Jeyaveeran
(Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, Hardcover, 9780618434190, 32pp.)
Publication Date: August 2004
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Along the road to Mumbai, Shoba and her monkey, Fuzzy Patel, make many new friendsmysterious monks, a curious camel, and a snake with a sensitive stomach, just to name a few. Shoba and Fuzzy are on their way to a top-secret monkey wedding. But you shouldn’t expect an invitation. According to Fuzzy, it will be the most boring wedding in the history of the universe. But magical things can happen on the road to Mumbaiand when trouble threatens to ruin the big event, unexpected friends come to the rescue.
In vivid paintings filled with color and light (and more than one uninvited guest!), Ruth Jeyaveeran brings the beauty and excitement of India alive for children everywhere to enjoy.
Ruth Jeyaveeran was born in Africa, raised in the Midwest, and currently paints in Brooklyn. Like Sophie, she's slightly obsessed with skateboarding. Unlike Sophie, she's unwilling to suffer broken bones for her art. The rest of the time Ruth brightens up her dimly lit basement studio with the illustrations for her children's books. She's hard at work on her third one right now.
For a sweeping, evocative glimpse of India's spectacular diversity, young readers could do no better than this good-humored, vivacious debut.
This lively romp across India introduces children to aspects of the country's culture and geography.
School Library Journal
Many kids will enjoy the snobbish, impatient voice, and the mischievous fantasy, illustrated in bright pink, purple, and green gouache...
The explosively vibrant illustrations...are both funky and fanciful...the story overall is notable for enjoyability.
Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books