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The Unboy Boy

 Author: Richa Jha

 Illustrator: Gautam Benegal

 Age: 6+

A gentle tale that breaks gender stereotypes. 

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The Susu Pals

Author: Richa Jha

Illustrator: Alicia Souza

Age:  4+

A rollicking roller coaster ride of two – err three – friends.

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Reviews: The Susu Pals

The Unboy Boy – Over to the critics and readers!

  • ...a great job of demonstrating how Gagan experienced inner conflict with regards to the pressures he felt to be a typical “boy” while still pursuing his own interests. I would highly recommend this book in a classroom setting to facilitate discussions about diversity, gender, and stereotypes.

    Renee Cormier, Africa to America, US
  • ...The Unboy Boy deals with issues of gender stereotyping. Illustrated by Gautam Benegal, Jha attempts to use the story as an early education tool about alternate sexuality.

    Asawari Ghatage, Time Out, Bengaluru
  • Writer Richa Jha ties up with illustrator Gautam Benegal in this story and together they charmingly bring out how cool and nice it is to be yourself.

    ArtNavy, Saffron Tree, India
  • We loved the story and its narrative laced with underlying humour, the real-life like characters and their quirks and have read the book many times over and each time there’s something new we discover in the illustration, almost as if it were a “look and find’ adventure of our own!

    Divya Purandar, One Story a Day, India
  • To many troubled children struggling with their sense of self, this book comes as a great reassurance that it is cool to be just who you are and not worry about conforming to stereotyped images.

    Shamim Padamsee, Young India Books, India
  • Gautam Benegal, the book’s illustrator, draws them all — monsters, witches and ghouls — and there’s not an inch which isn’t filled with his charming squiggles. Apart from his drawings, what makes The Unboy Boy endearing is its idea that there really is no such thing as un-boy boy or an un-girl girl.

    Kareena N Gianani, Mid-day, India

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The Susu Pals – Over to the critics and readers!

  • This book, about two best friends, Rhea and Dia, who do everything together. Even do susu together. I can’t tell you how happy this makes me because when I was a child I always envied the way men stood at the urinals and continued a conversation they’d started outside the loo, no sign of embarrassment. So while I’m not sure the Bean and any of her friends will end up sharing a toilet seat, I am blown away by the fact that Richa thought of it and used it. The ultimate test of friendship!

    The Mad Momma, India
  • The Susu Pals! is a picture book about friendship and loyalty by Indian author Richa Jha. The experience of best buddies Rhea and Dia mirrors what frequently happens in real life – a third person comes along and befriends one of the pair leaving one friend out. The underlying message of this book is that friendships are formed based on common interest and that loyalty and forgiveness are an important part of friendship. I highly recommend this picture book in elementary classrooms wishing to feature characters from a different culture and to generate discussions about relationship and friendship skills.

    Renee Cormier, Mother Daughter and Son Book Reviews, Canada
  • If you or your little one have ever been through the best friends-turned-enemies-turn best friends again phase, you’d totally relate to "The Su Su pals"! If not, this is a great book to read and explore and is sure to be laughing riot at home…!!

    Divya Purandar, One Story a Day, India
  • I was pleasantly surprised with how the author has managed to break stereotypical notions in a picture book for young girls.

    Sidika Sehgal, Eurekabookstores, India

Music to our ears!

  • Jha gets to the core of a certain truth about children—their idiosyncracies, politics, joys and anxieties—which most adults have very little access to.

    Somak Ghoshal, Mint Lounge, New Delhi
  • There are picture books for children, and then there are picture books that do more than just tell a story. Two new picture books by Richa Jha attempt to embed lessons in the narrative.

    Asawari Ghatage, Time Out, Bengaluru
  • Writer Richa Jha ties up with illustrator Gautam Benegal in this story and together they charmingly bring out how cool and nice it is to be yourself.

    ArtNavy, Saffron Tree, India
  • We loved the story and its narrative laced with underlying humour, the real-life like characters and their quirks and have read the book many times over and each time there’s something new we discover in the illustration, almost as if it were a “look and find’ adventure of our own!

    Divya Purandar, One Story a Day, India
  • Gautam Benegal, the book’s illustrator, draws them all — monsters, witches and ghouls — and there’s not an inch which isn’t filled with his charming squiggles. Apart from his drawings, what makes The Unboy Boy endearing is its idea that there really is no such thing as un-boy boy or an un-girl girl.

    Kareena N Gianani, Mid-day, India
  • This book, about two best friends, Rhea and Dia, who do everything together. Even do susu together. I can’t tell you how happy this makes me because when I was a child I always envied the way men stood at the urinals and continued a conversation they’d started outside the loo, no sign of embarrassment. So while I’m not sure the Bean and any of her friends will end up sharing a toilet seat, I am blown away by the fact that Richa thought of it and used it. The ultimate test of friendship!

    The Mad Momma, India
  • I was pleasantly surprised with how the author has managed to break stereotypical notions in a picture book for young girls.

    Sidika Sehgal, Eurekabookstores, India
  • ...a great job of demonstrating how Gagan experienced inner conflict with regards to the pressures he felt to be a typical “boy” while still pursuing his own interests. I would highly recommend this book in a classroom setting to facilitate discussions about diversity, gender, and stereotypes.

    Renee Cormier, Africa to America, US

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