Thursday, July 7, 2011

Karadi the Globetrotter

Books published by Karadi Tales have begun to travel the world. Several international publishers have picked up titles from the Karadi Tales catalogue of picture books and had them translated to make them available to children of the world. Our books now travel and are available in a number of different foreign editions. Here are some of the titles that have done particularly well in the international market.

The Lizard’s Tail, a story based on a Tamil folktale adapted by Shobha Viswanath with brilliant palette knife art by German illustrator Christine Kastl, is available in French from Ocean Editions and in Korean from Maeng & Aeng Publishers. Extremely popular and well-loved for its sophisticated artwork and charming plot, the book is doing extremely well in Europe and Korea. Interestingly, the Korean edition of The Lizard's Tail has been highly commended by Jangone, a popular bi-weekly educational magazine for children in Korea, because of the values and principles the book subtly espouses, as well as the lyrical, simple language used. 

In Korea's thriving children's picture book market, two more titles have found a home. Maeng & Aeng Publishers also publish a lovely Korean translation of When the Earth Lost its Shapes, written by Shobha Viswanath and illustrated by Christine Kastl. 

The Rumour, a hilarious folktale adapted by Anushka Ravishankar and vividly illustrated by Munich-based artist Kanyika Kini, is also available in Korean from Bookhouse Publishers. 

The Rumour and When the Earth Lost its Shapes are, in fact, among our most popular books. When the Earth Lost its Shapes is also available in German from Editions Bi:Libri and in Mandarin from Virginia Publishing. 

The Rumour is available in North America from Tundra Books, in Spanish and Catalan from Editorial Juventud and in German from Edition Orient. 

Another book now available in Spanish is The Blue Jackal adapted by Shobha Viswanath and illustrated by Dileep Joshi. Narval Editores makes a Spanish edition available, while Lineadaria publishes an Italian edition of this book. 

Dorje’s Stripes, a story about tigers by Anshumani Ruddra and illustrated by Korean artists Gwangjo and Jung-a Park, is another book that is now available in North America. It is available through Kane/Miller Books in North America and the Philippines. The book is also available in Mandarin through Virginia Publishing and in Bahasa through Kid Classic.

Kid Classic in Indonesia also makes Super Hathaman (written by Kaushik Viswanath and illustrated by Chetan Sharma) available in Bahasa.

Monkeys on a Fast, a Buddhist tale retold by Kaushik Viswanath and illustrated by Shilpa Ranade is available in the UK and Ireland through Hogs Back, in Mandarin through Virginia Publishing and in Danish through Forlag Actum. 

Other books available in China through Virginia Publishing are The Moustache Man (written by Priya Ramanathan and illustrated by Garima Gupta), Bookworm (written by Lavanya R. N. and illustrated by Shilo Shiv Suleman) and The Boy Who Drew Cats (written by Anushka Ravishankar and illustrated by Christine Kastl).

We hope to soon make many more of our titles available in as many languages as possible, and have our stories reach children across the world.