Ravishankar, Anushka
Moin und das Monster (Moin and the monster)
A novel from India

Illustrated by Anitha Balachandran
Translated from English by Barbara Brennwald
© Baobab Books, 2016
120 pages, hardcover, 14 x 20,5 cm
ISBN 978-3-905804-73-7
CHF 21.80 / € (D) 15,90 / € (A) 16,40
ages 8 and up

One night, in the dim darkness of his room, Moin heard something shuffling and sniffling under his bed. "Who's that?" Moin squeaked. It's a monster! Moin flashed the light under the bed. "But I can't see you."
"You can only see me if you draw me,"  the invisible creature replies and starts with a detailed self-description. The problem is, Moin's drawing skills are limited. But then the monster is on the paper and out in the world. And Moin has to learn how to live with a monster which does nothing but eat bananas and dates, sing silly songs and try out new hairstyles.
However, keeping the monster a secret from his parents and teachers is a tough task and finally Moin decides that the only thing to do is send the monster back where it came from. The monster though sees things a little different …

The Illustrator

Anitha Balachandran (*1978) is an animation film-maker and illustrator of children's books. She studied at the National Institute of Design in India, and then did her MA at the Royal College of Art in London. She has collaborated with a number of publishers including Puffin, Scholastic, Duckbill and Zubaan, and creates her art using a combination of ink, paint, pencils and collage. She currently lives in Bangalore with her husband and little son. As well as her work as an illustrator, she is an award-winning experimental animation film-maker and has exhibited her films at international festivals, museums and galleries.


Original edition: »Moin and the Monster«
Published by Duckbill Books, India
Text © 2012 by Anushka Ravishankar
Illustration © 2012 by Anitha Balachandran

The Author

Anitha Balchandran (*1961) was born in Nashik (Maharasthra) and graduated in mathematics in Pune. She worked with an IT firm for a while but became a full-time writer after the birth of her daughter. She has written over twenty books for children, many of which have received international awards. Her books include Elephants Never Forget, One, two, tree and To Market! To Market! Her work does often contain nonsensical elements, it is not always pure nonsense. She collaborates with artists from South Africa, Switzerland, Italy and India. While some of her books have an Indian flavour, most have a cross-cultural appeal.