Pavithra Srinivasan
TO MARKET! TO MARKET: PICTURE BOOK by Anushka Ravishankar Tara Books, 2013, 24 pp., 175
November 2013, volume 37, No 11

Writer Anushka Ravishankar strikes again, with a novel little book—and this time, it’s about a little girl who goes to the market, with a little money from her mother, but so captivating are the strange sights that she spends her time, lost in the wonderful world. Flowers, bangles, toys and fish … the list is endless as she skips along the narrow lanes, peers at the colourful stalls, gapes at sellers and buyers, and loses all track of time.

Anushka’s style, as usual, is crisp, has plenty of innovative type-play that bounds through an exuberant Indian market—the words run, jump, leap and slither all along the page—showing us a glimpse of just what this exotic place looks like, through the eyes of an excited child.

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