Gadagada gudugudu . . . the marble rolls from one child's hand to another in exchange each time for something exciting. The story moves in a straightforward childlike way as, one after the other, it reintroduces simple street games endlessly popular with children. Trundling alongside is the rhythmic refrain that fascinatingly echoes the circular movement of the marble.
Jeeva Raghunath gets invited to storytelling festivals across the world. A popular performance storyteller, she also conducts workshops on storytelling, drama and language skills. Jeeva represented India twice at the Asian Children’s Festival organised by the National Library Board of Singapore and was part of an Indo-Swedish children's literature project. She writes stories in Tamil and translates children's books from English into Tamil. Jeeva's way with words brings great exuberance to Tulika's Gadagada Gudugudu, Malli, and Gasa Gasa Para Para. She lives in Chennai.
Jeyanthi Manokaran started her career in advertising, and moved on to work in edutainment. She has been with corporate and voluntary organizations. Jeyanthi's picture books for kids are popular. She won a UNESCO Award for illustrating and a Highlights Scholarship for writing. In Gadagada Gudugudu, her first with Tulika, the delightful pictures capture the life and laughter of children as they play on the streets.