Ganesha's Great Race

Sanjay Patel, Emily Haynes

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Book cover for Ganesha's Great Race

Ganesha's Great Race

Ganesha's Great Race

Sanjay Patel, Emily Haynes

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The sweets-loving elephant Ganesha and his mouse companion are back! And this time you'll meet Ganesha's family, too, as they race around the world in this adorable companion to the bestselling Ganesha's Sweet Tooth.

From the creator of the Oscar-nominated Pixar short Sanjay's Super Team and the animated series Ghee Happy!

In Sanjay Patel's world, the bold, bright colors of India leap off the page and screen. Ganesha's Sweet Tooth introduced a fresh and funny picture book retelling of how Ganesha came to help write the epic poem of Hindu literature, the Mahabharata. Now Ganesha is back in a delightful new adventure!

When his brother Kartikeya challenges him to a race around the world, Ganesha knows he cannot win with speed. He may not be as fast as Kartikeya, but clever Ganesha knows that every problem has more than one solution! A celebration of the dynamic bond between siblings and a loving tribute to family, Ganesha's Great Race is the story of their most famous contest and will delight readers with a tale of muscles, mangoes, and the meaning of the world.

DIVERSE CHILDRENS BOOKS: Featuring lovable characters and a light narrative, this book provides a fresh and accessible way for families who practice Hinduism to see themselves and celebrate, and for other children to learn about religions and cultures that are different from their own.

NOTABLE CREATOR: Sanjay Patel produced a short based on his life, Sanjay's Super Team, with Pixar, as well as Ghee Happy, a series featuring the Hindu gods as toddlers. His brand, Ghee Happy, has reached an eager audience with two books, museum exhibitions, and merchandise. He is also the author of the popular picture book Ramayana, a twenty-first-century retelling of a classic 2500-year-old story.

VIBRANT & GIFTABLE: With dynamic illustrations, this story of family has a heartwarming message that makes a perfect gift for Mother's Day, Father's Day, or anytime you want to show appreciation for your family!

CULTURAL PICTURE BOOKS: As educators focus on ways to incorporate religious literacy into their teaching, Patel's vibrant books offer an outstanding resource for introducing conversations about different cultures and faiths into the classroom through fun and relatable narratives.

Perfect for:
  • Parents, grandparents, teachers, and librarians
  • Readers who love Hindu gods and goddesses, Indian mythology, and adventure tales
  • Educational material for classroom or homeschool curriculum
  • Anyone looking for children's literature featuring Indian mythology
  • Gift giving for Diwali, birthday, Mother's Day, Father's Day, or any special occasion
  • Fans of Ganesha's Sweet Tooth and Pixar's Sanjay's Super Team

About the Author

Sanjay Patel is an illustrator, animator, and director, as well as the creator of Ghee Happy, a collection of books, animation, and paper products that marry his whimsical style and graphic cuteness with the awesome universe of Hindu deities. During his twenty-year career at Pixar Animation Studios, he worked on numerous feature films and directed the short film Sanjay's Super Team, for which he earned an Academy Award nomination. Most recently, he created an animated preschool show for Netflix called Ghee Happy. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife (see below) and their two sons.

Emily Haynes is an author and editor with more than twenty years' experience in book publishing. As an editor she has worked for Penguin and Chronicle Books, and as a writer she has authored numerous titles for both children and adults. Her wordsmith superpowers are now available at her own agency, BluePen. Her clients include Airbnb and Netflix, as well as individual authors and producers. In her fleeting spare time, she also runs a ceramics studio out of her garage. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband (see above) and their two sons.

Critical Reviews

?"Another beautifully illustrated book on the Hindu gods by Patel and Haynes (-Ganesha's Sweet Tooth) that is gorgeously rendered with warm colors and adorable facial expressions on the young gods." -- School Library Journal

"This version of a popular Hindu tale is witty, clever, and entertaining.... Ganesha is an endearing hero. A charming interpretation of a Hindu myth." --Kirkus Reviews

Publishing Information

Publisher: Chronicle Books
Pub date: 2023-10-24
Length: 52 pages

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