Author: Ken Spillman
Illustrated by Manjari Chakravarti

9789350467398 | Centre Stapled | pp. 28 | 2016 | Tulika Publishers

This is an uplifting tale in which a little girl who is called Clumsy, Slowcoach, Careless, finds and outlet.

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She spills, drops, breaks and trips on things. She is called Clumsy, Slowcoach, Careless, Sloppy, Messy, Butterfingers words that scare away all other words. But in her head, the words become stories and the stories become pictures. One day her grandmother gives her a box of paints – and with brush in hand she sweeps herself away from the names people call her! Vivid watercolours lift the little girl from her everyday milieu into a swirl of images and hues.


Ken Spillman
Illustrator: Manjari Chakravarti




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About the Contributors

The author has authored over fifty books. His stories for children have been published around the world and in languages as diverse as French, Farsi and Vietnamese. He lives in Australia and has presented hundreds of sessions on books, writing and imagination to schoolchildren.

The illustrator spent most of her childhood between covers of picture books. When she grew up, she studied art, drew, painted, sculpted and did printmaking. She also loves to write her own stories. Her evocative pictures can be seen in The Illustrated Premchand by David Rubin and more recently, in Ken Spillman’s The Circle and The Great Storyteller. She lives and works in Shantiniketan.


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