Ganesha’s Sweet Tooth

Written by Sanjay Patel and Emily Haynes
Illustrated by Sanjay Patel

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Ganesha’s Sweet Tooth not only makes a lovely addition to any school library interested in exposing children to other cultures, it also entertains through the bold colors and images of India that leap off of the page.It will surely appeal to every child with a sweet tooth and sense of humor.

Although Ganesha’s Sweet Tooth is not a retelling of how Ganesha came to write the ancient epic Sanskrit poem called “The Mahabharata”, it is loosely based on it. The authors, Sanjay Patel and Emily Haynes have crafted a version that is sure to strike an emotional chord among young readers with a weakness for sweets and one that reads totally credible from a child’s point of view. Every child will easily see himself in the modern Ganesha and fall in love with his character because of the humorous honesty in which the authors reveal his weakness for sweets. In telling their version of how Ganesha came to become Ekadanta, the one-toothed god, the authors are sure to inspire young readers to read the many other stories of Hindu mythology.

Ganesha’s Sweet Tooth is a read aloud picture book aimed at pre-school through second grade reading level and up.

By day Sanjay Patel is an animator and storyboard artist at Pixar Animation Studios. In his free time he enjoys celebrating Indian mythology and culture through the books he writes and illustrates. Other titles by Sanjay Patel include: The Little Book of Hindu Deities, Ramayana – Divine Loophole, and The Big Poster Book of Hindu Deities. For more information about Sanjay Patel and his exhibitions, please go to

  • Ganeshas Sweet ToothTitle: Ganesha’s Sweet Tooth
  • Author: Sanjay Patel & Emily Haynes
  • Illustrator: Sanjay Patel
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books
  • Reviewer: Annemarie O’Brien
  • Paperback: 68 pages
  • ISBN: 978-1-4521-0362-4
  • Genre: picture book

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