Excuses Excuses by Anushka Ravishankar

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White Ravens 2013 Award Winner.

"Youngsters will delight in Neel’s fantastic excuses... The illustrations, a collage of tinted photographs and art, provide an appropriately surreal backdrop" -Kirkus Reviews

"Art and text – intertwined with balanced whimsy – imbue Neel’s tall tales with colorful energy and unlimited creativity." - BookDragon, Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Program

Who doesn’t know a child who is always ready with an implausible excuse when caught out by an indignant adult? Excuses Excuses builds on this universal experience using an Indian setting. Young Neel is the boy next door who can’t help getting into trouble, and yet he is endearing in his explanations. He has one for every day of the week and for every kind of adult — it seems that he may never run out of them! Wildly funny and imaginative, this narrative in nonsense verse is fast-paced and keeps young readers guessing. Unusual and dramatic art that captures the improbable colors of India adds zest to a story that all children would want to be a part of.

US Grade Level Equivalent: 2
US Guided Reading Level: M


About Anushka Ravishankar

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Anushka Ravishankar studied mathematics and is now a well-known Indian children's writer, with over ten books of verse, fiction, and non-fiction to her credit. Her special talent is nonsense verse. She brilliantly adapts this difficult genre to Indian English usage without a false note. Kanyika Kini graduated in communication design from Srishti School of Art, Design & Technology in Bangalore, India. She is deeply committed to sustainable design and traditional art. She now lives in Munich and freelances as a designer and illustrator.
Published May 15, 2012 by Tara Books. 48 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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/ You brought a dog instead?” Neel hypothesizes that the dog hypnotized him: “I don’t know how I got back here, / and so, therefore, you see, / I didn’t bring the dog back home— / He brought me.” The rhythm sometimes stumbles, but the situations are recognizable—except for those that are so farfe...

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