Dadaji's Paintbrush


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$18.99  $17.66
Levine Querido
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10.29 X 10.45 X 0.41 inches | 1.01 pounds

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About the Author

Ruchi Mhasane is an artist and illustrator who studied Children's Book Illustration at the Cambridge School of Art, UK. She works mostly in pencil and watercolor; in her art she enjoys capturing expressive gestures and movements, especially those of little children, and loves adding hints of fantasy and the natural world. In her spare time, she enjoys the company of books, wildlife, music, and quite often, solitude. She currently lives and works in India.

Former lawyer Rashmi Sirdeshpande is an award-winning British Indian children's author who writes hopeful and uplifting picture books and illustrated non-fiction. Her debut picture book, Never Show a T-Rex a Book, illustrated by Diane Ewen, won a Society of Authors award, was shortlisted for the Laugh Out Loud Book awards, and was selected for Dolly Parton's Imagination Library. Rashmi is also one of the official authors for World Book Day UK 2022, which seeks to get books into the hands of children all over the UK. Dadaji's Paintbrush, illustrated by Ruchi Mhasane, is her first lyrical story and draws on her Indian roots.


"This story of familial love and the special bond between grandparents and grandchildren wraps readers in a tight hug... A gentle, reassuring reminder that love lives on long after death." --Kirkus Reviews

[STAR] "An extraordinary work for every shelf; subtle and poetically less direct than other works in its treatment of death, this book stands out for the depth of its wise messages, and its gentle, evocative art." -- School Library Journal (starred)

"This is a masterpiece--a beautiful story of a sacred bond between a grandparent and a grandchild. It encapsulates so many things: adoration, passion, community, loss, and restoration. Children who do, as well as those who don't, have special relationships with their own grandparents will be touched by Dadaji's Paintbrush. Those experiencing grief will benefit from its positive and inspiring message as well." --San Francisco Book Review
"A lovely picture book about the universal bond between children and grandparents." -- Five Books, Best Books of 2022

"A moving tribute to the role of mentors and memory in a young artist's life, as well as to what "time and attention" can bring about." --Publishers Weekly

""This book honors the complicated feelings of grief while offering hope and solace." -- The Horn Book"

[STAR] "Sirdeshpande and Mhasane pay homage to the intense love felt by grandparents and grandchildren and demonstrate the importance of art and passing skills from one generation to another. This heartfelt picture book is perfect for an art class, a read-aloud session at a library or for sharing with a child who has recently lost a loved one." --Shelf Awareness (starred)

"Mhasane's soft illustrations, which capture light and shadows in especially evocative ways, enhance the gentle themes of this exquisite story, but never do they veer into excessive sentimentality."--Julie Danielson, Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast

"Explores the pain of losing a grandparent and the quiet joy of coming to see the legacy the person has left."--Wall Street Journal