When Miss Vee Noonie falls in love with garlic, there is pandemonium in the house. She is a vampire, after all. Her parents do their best to urge her to stay away from it. Garlic, they tell her, is fatal for vampires. Freethinker Vee’s research tells her that’s not true and she leaves no stone unturned in convincing her folks. Does she succeed? Richa Jha celebrates a young thinking mind’s spirit of inquisitiveness, questioning the given, persuasiveness and non-conformist free will in this pacey picture book that is packed with sharp dialogues, intense passion, and chic humour. The breathtaking sweep of Kunal Kundu’s detailed etching and dramatic artwork lingers on till long after the book has been put aside.
Author Note: Richa Jha is a writer and an author of picture books for children, and the founder publisher of Pickle Yolk Books. Her books have won several prestigious awards in India and internationally, including the Crossword Book Award, Publishing Next Industry Awards, Neev Book Award, Parag Honour list, Comic Con Book Awards, The White Ravens and the South Asia Book Awards among others.
Illustrator Note: Kunal Kundu is a self-taught artist who studied animation film design from the National Institute of Design (NID), the premier design school of India. He started his career by making promos for Channel [V], MTV, CNN-IBN to making short animation films for Galli Galli Sim Sim, the Indian leg of Sesame Street. Since then, he has gone on to create some of the most popular covers and children’s books in India.
Short Bios: Richa Jha breathes-reads-writes-publishes-dreams picture books and knows she has the funnest hobby cum profession in the world. Kunal Kundu is an award-winning illustrator based out of Calcutta. Like a true Bengali he loves his fish; both eating and keeping. It’s exotic cichlids when keeping and when eating, even a shark will do!
One Line Description: A vampire girl who loves garlic must find a way to convince her parents that garlic does the vampires no harm.