The Boy Who Tried to Shrink His Name

Winner – 2022 Children’s Book Council of Australia New Illustrator Award. Congratulations Michelle Pereira!

Nominated for the 2022 West Australian Young Readers’ Book Award.

Highly commended – NSW Premier’s Literary Award

Shortlisted for the 2022 Queensland Literary Award.

Long listed for the 2022 ABDA. Congratulations Pooja Desai. 

New Book

The Boy Who Tried to Shrink His Name

A warm and uplifting story that encourages young readers to celebrate their individuality, and shows how no-one should ever have to shrink themselves down to fit in.​

Available in libraries and bookstores from 18 August, 2021

Fun Facts about

Sandhya Parappukkaran

  • I love mangoes – green ones! Dipped in salt and chilli powder.
  • My first language – Malayalam. This word is a pallindrome!
  • Sandhya (Sun-dhya) means dusk. Parappukkaran is pronounced Para-pu:-kkaa:-ren. The stress is on the kk and the second last ‘a’ is a long vowel sound. 
  • Possibly the first Malayali-Australian to be a finalist for the Queensland Literary Award!! 
  • I visit the library once a week.
  • Galahs are my favourite bird. You can see them around Brisbane.

Sandhya Parappukkaran’s session was focused on brainstorming ideas for writing topics. The students left the session truly inspired, begging to continue with their ideas when we returned to class. We have since been able to use these techniques in the classroom.

This was an excellent session where the students learnt great skills, including incorporating their own cultures or special memories into their writing.

Year 4, Harlaxton State School, Toowoomba

a new book in 2023!
stay tuned!!!