Listen to Alyson O’Brien and Sandhya Parappukkaran talk about The Boy Who Tried to Shrink His Name.

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The Boy Who Tried to Shrink His Name

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

Reviewed in the New York Times by Andrea Wang! 

Reviewed at Kirkus reviews!!


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.

Click here (this will take you to my Instagram page @sandhya_librarybagbooks) for a video explaining how to pronounce my name – Sandhya Parappukkaran 

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