Sunday, February 17, 2008

Of Barbers and Ghosts

A generous barber, an angry wife, and a fearful ghost form the ingredients for this funny, whimsical story from Bengal, retold by noted storytellers Martha Hamilton and Mitch Weiss. Last year, I was invited to read this story in manuscript form, a thoroughly enjoyable experience. Martha and Mitch use simple prose and quick turns of story, and the illustrations by Kristen Balouch, with their large flat blocks of color and strategically slanted perspective, convey a world completely suited to these characters, both ghostly and human. From August House.


  1. Martha Hamilton & Mitch WeissSaturday, February 23, 2008 at 6:35:00 PM MST

    Thank you so much, Uma, for your indispensable help with this book. When we were put in touch with you by our publisher, you treated us as if we were old friends and shared your insights and knowledge of all things Indian. We are incredibly grateful for your generosity of spirit!