Nimesh the Aventurer


Diverse Books, Picture Books / Saturday, April 7th, 2018

My second blog tour of the week and I’m here with Nimesh the Adventurer written by Ranjit Singh, illustrated by Mehrdokht Amini and published by Lantana Publishing.

I have to say that Lantana Publishing are absolutely storming 2018 with their new releases, specialising in cross cultural books, their work really stands out. Nimesh the Adventurer is one such remarkable picture book.

This is a celebration of the imagination of a child. Nimesh takes us, as readers, through his normal day to day life, but he enhances it with his own imagination. His school becomes an ancient cave with a sleeping dragon inside, his street is actually the North Pole and his local pastry shop becomes a pirate ship. Nimesh shows how much  excitement and adventure we can inject into our lives through the use of our imaginations. But the poignant ending to this book also teaches the value of home and family. It’s such a lovely concept and story, well written by Ranjit, in simple and suspenseful writing.

One of the outstanding aspects of Nimesh the Adventurer are Mehrdokht’s mixed media illustrations. Absolutely fascinating to look over there seems to be a mixture of illustration, photography and collage effects used here to create a unique and exciting set of artwork. The shark pages in particular are absolutely stunning and really take you into an oceanic world. The merging of reality and imagination is extremely beautifully done.

This story is just one that sucks you in, makes you eagre to turn the pages and one you never really want to finish reading. It made me smile, it’s one I can’t wait to read to children in the library, it’s a diverse, enchanting and utterly uniquely wonderful picture book.

Nimesh the Adventurer is a book to help children really engage with their surroundings and explore their own creativity. This story could be used so effectively in schools to aid writing, illustration, discussion and even some brilliant role play.  I can even imagine maybe taking photos of the classroom and printing them out, so that children can create their own imaginary versions of their schools. So many ways to explore such a fantastically diverse book, in every sense of the word. But again, don’t get me wrong, for all it’s school and educational uses, this book is fun, bags and bags of fun!! It’s funny and exciting and sweet, and would make a brilliant bedtime, storytime or anytime choice!

Here I welcome the brilliant author Ranjit Singh to answer my Book Monster top three questions:

1. Nimesh the Adventurer is a fantastic tale about one boy embracing his wild imagination AND the security of home and passing this joy onto others. It’s a fabulous and important concept for a picture book. What inspired this story?
Hi Alexis!  So first I had the idea of the title, ‘Nimesh The Adventurer’.  The title just sprang to mind exactly like that.  I immediately pictured Nimesh wearing a hat like  ‘The Lone Ranger” and holding a wooden sword.  So then I asked, “What does he do?”  And the response (from the inspiration place within my brain) said ‘makes his journey into a wondrous game’.  Then that same ‘inner muse’ gave various scenarios and an ending.  Various landscapes sprung to mind- mountains, seas, deserts, caves. So maybe the plot was inspired by images I had seen of beautiful natural places from around the world, mixed with archetypes of childhood play and wonder (dragons, pirates, cowboys).
The narrative was also as a dialogue right from the start, though I did not fully understand who the ‘other’ voice is.  Was it an adult?  A teacher?  An older sibling?  A group of friends?  I still do not know, and I think that is quite interesting.
2. I love all the imaginary creatures in this story and the shark spread in particular thrills me. What aspect of this book are you most proud of?
I think the ‘twist’ at the ending, and after that the narrative back and forth between Nimesh and the questioner.
3. What does home mean to you?
That’s an interesting question.  I can’t articulate what it means exactly but I know how it feels.  The word ‘peace’ comes to mind.

Big big thanks to Ranjit for those fantastic and fascinating answers!


Nimesh the Adventurer is now available from all good book shops and libraries. Be sure to check out the final stop on this blog tour on Monday 9th April at
– http://www.playingbythebook.net

To find out more about illustrator Mehrdokht Amini you can visit her corner of the internet here:
– https://www.myart2c.com

And the fantastic Independant Publisher Lantana reside right here, so please pay them a visit:
– https://www.lantanapublishing.com

Thank you for reading this imaginative Book Monsters review.

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