The Ammuchi Puchi

Written by Sharanya Manivannan and illustrated by Nerina Canzi


When Anjali and I were really little, we were sort of afraid of our grandmother, Ammuchi…

Aditya and Anjali love listening to their grandmother’s stories, particularly the scary one about the ghost in the tree. But the night their grandmother passes away, all her stories seem to lose their meaning. Then something happens that is more mysterious and magical than any story. Could their grandmother still be with them after all? A poignant and moving story about bereavement and healing, stunningly illustrated and told in gorgeous poetic prose.


'Sharanya Manivannan's beautiful story will help sensitive children from the world over make friends with loss, and Nerina Canzi's colour-drenched, jewel-like illustrations bring this tale of grandmothers, families and a very special butterfly to radiant life. The Ammuchi Puchi will take children, and adults, of all ages, on an unforgettable, sweet-sad journey from grey back into a world of glorious colour.' – Nilanjana Roy, award-winning author of The Wildings

'Stunning, vibrant illustrations bring this book to life. Not only is this a poignant story, handling the issue of bereavement with tact and understanding, it also shows children that grief is a universal emotion, shared by all cultures and peoples. Simply beautiful!' – North Somerset Teachers' Book Awards blog

'This is just a beautiful book, about love and loss and magic and subjective truth, the hugest of subjects delicately handled for the smallest of people.' – Preeta Samarasan, award-winning author of Evening is the Whole Day

'A gentle story of love and the coming to terms with the loss of a loved one. Sharanya Manivannan's poetic lyricism shines through in her perceptive text for this picture book. The vibrantly coloured accompanying illustrations by Nerina Canzi set the scene with detailed fabric designs.' – June Hopper Swain, ibbylink 48, Spring 2017

'A traditional story feel, bursting with bright colours and emotion set to the backdrop of beautiful India. One for every bookshelf and library.' – Alexis Filby, librarian and author of popular blog Book Monsters

'The essence of Ammuchi Puchi is of universal appeal and relevance. It’s a beautiful picture book, both for sharing and, with its satisfyingly substantial text, for an older child to read alone. It is a moving, thought-provoking story that doesn’t offer any answers, but only asks of its readers that they have an open mind – and is all the richer because of it.' – Marjorie CoughlanWindows, Mirrors, Doors

'The rich, vibrant coloured artwork carefully follows the mood of the story. Another clever indicator are the flowers in Anjali's hair that change as the tale unfolds. As moods change so too do the colours…An unusual story that celebrates life, loss and the importance of family.' – Outside in World

'A book of such incredible beauty, you can feel your heart grow bigger. Simply splendid!' – Baisali Chatt Dutt, author

'The stunning illustrations by Nerina Canzi are vibrant and detailed and bring to life the richness of India as well as helping to effectively convey feelings and emotions which are universal to people of many cultures and backgrounds. The story sensitively portrays the children's journey of sadness and loss. A valuable resource for all.' – Melissa Jordan, Reading Pebbles blog

'Joyous and full of life!' – Mary MayfieldOur Book Reviews Online

'What Sharanya Manivannan’s moving, thought-provoking narrative offers for all readers is, ‘a place from which to become aware’. Yes, it’s deeply sad in part; but ultimately it’s about much more than heart-breaking loss and grief: this is a joyous celebration of love, of a very special person who relished life; of family; of the beauty of the natural world; and of the power of the imagination.' – Jill BennettRed Reading Hub 

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