Mina vs. the Monsoon


Product Details

Yali Books
Publish Date
8.5 X 8.5 X 0.25 inches | 0.72 pounds

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About the Author

Rukhsanna Guidroz was born in Manchester, England. With a Persian-Indian father and a Chinese mother, Rukhsanna was always drawn to traveling to faraway places. After studying French at King's College, London, and political science at the Sorbonne, Paris, she left for the steamy shores of Hong Kong. There, she worked as a reporter for the Hong Kong Standard daily newspaper, and later as a producer of the current affairs show Hong Kong Today for RTHK's Radio 3. She also wrote features for in-flight magazines for China Airlines, Qantas, and Emirates. Inspired by all her life experiences from Europe to Asia, and now to Hawaii, Rukhsanna has many written adventures to share.
Debasmita Dasgupta enjoys drawing children with big eyes and shining smiles in a world of bright colors. After her first picture book The Friday Fair (KATHA India) was published in 2010, she has gone on to illustrate 11 more books. Her work has been exhibited in Italy, Singapore, and Thailand. She is also the founder of My Father Illustrations, an online movement to amplify voices of fathers who fearlessly defend the rights of their daughters. She lives and works in Singapore. Connect with her on Instagram @debasmitadasgupta and @debasmita_d on Twitter.


"On close inspection, it is so much more than it seems: a delightful picture book about a girl child discovering a wondrous secret about her mother." - Kirkus Reviews (STARRED)

"Both words and pictures create context for the book's cultural and geographic setting, while effortlessly incorporating universal themes that speak to children everywhere. A winner for storytime or one-on-one sharing." - School Library Journal (STARRED)

"This charming bilingual book has universal appeal and cultural specificity...a richly colored palette and crisp digital illustrations combine with a story that is refreshingly free of stereotypical tropes, making this a delightful addition to the #OwnVoices offerings for younger readers." - Booklist

"Mina is a ray of sunshine in a bright shalwar kameez, anklets tinkling and henna decorating her hands..." - Foreword Reviews