The Boy Who Tried to Shrink His Name CBCA Award for New Illustrator

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When Zimdalamashkermishkada starts a new school, he knows he’s got to do something about his long name. ​

When no amount of shrinking, folding or crumpling works, he simply settles for Zim – but deep down, it doesn’t feel right. It’s not until a new friend sees him for who he truly is that Zimdalamashkermishkada finds the confidence to step boldly into his long 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.​

  • Winner of the 2022 Children's Book Council of Australia's Award for New Illustrator 
  • Selected as the January/February 2023 American Booksellers Association's Kids' Indie Next Title
  • 2023 Outstanding International Book for USBBY (United States Board on Books for Young People)

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ISBN:

9781760509361

Format:

Hardback

Pages:

32

Dimensions:

27cm x 22cm

Weight:

400g

RRP:

$24.99

Publisher:

Hardie Grant Children's Publishing

Published:

18 August 2021

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Sandhya Parappukkaran

Sandhya Parappukkaran left her job as a Food Technologist so she could put her feet up and read. Then she rediscovered her passion for children’s books. She writes stories with themes of ‘embracing your cultural identity’ inspired by her South Indian heritage. Sandhya resides in Brisbane with her husband,

ABOUT THE ILLUSTRATOR

Michelle Pereira

Michelle Pereira is an illustrator who spent her childhood in Nairobi, Kenya and now lives in Melbourne, Australia. She graduated from Monash University with a Bachelor of Communication Design and became a professional illustrator after a somewhat extended, but enjoyable, stint of bar work. She has worked with a range of clients such as Penguin UK, Netflix, the New York Times and Marie Claire. She uses bright colours and textural elements