The Boy Who Tried to Shrink His Name (Hardcover)
January/February 2023 Kids Indie Next List
“A lot of kids will connect with this book. The illustrations are beautiful and the message is heartwarming. Growing up with a long name — and I use a four-letter version of it — this made me question: who am I shrinking my name for?”
— Lupe Penn, Bookmarks, Winston-Salem, NC
Perfect for fans of Alma and How She Got Her Name and Your Name is a Song, this picture book encourages readers to take up space and support each other with respect and kindness
When Zimdalamashkermishkada starts at a new school, he knows he’ll have to introduce himself to lots of new people. He trips over his long name and decides to shrink it down to the shorter, simpler Zim. The nickname works fine for introductions, 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 proudly into his long name.
The Boy Who Tried to Shrink His Name is a warm and uplifting story that encourages young readers to celebrate their authentic selves, and proclaims that no one should ever have to shrink themselves to fit in.
About the Author
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. Her stories are inspired by her multicultural experience and include scrumptious food from her Kerala Indian heritage. Parappukkaran resides in Brisbane with her family. 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. She has worked with a range of clients such as Penguin UK, Netflix, the New York Times and Marie Claire.
"An insightful tale that digs deep into names—an inherent part of identity—and the emotions attached to them."—Kirkus Reviews