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Tata and the Big Bad Bull
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Juleus Ghunta is a Jamaican poet, motivational speaker and recipient of a Chevening Scholarship. He is pursuing MA Peace Studies at the University of Bradford, UK. In 2010, he earned a BA in Media from the University of the West Indies, Mona. Ghunta's poetry has appeared in several journals including The Missing Slate, Moko, Spillway, Easy Street, Chiron Review, Pittsburgh Poetry Review, and has been anthologised in Cordite 81: New Caribbean Writing and In This Breadfruit Kingdom. He was awarded the Catherine James Poetry Prize by Interviewing the Caribbean in 2017. In 2015 and 2016 he was shortlisted for the Small Axe Poetry Prize. Tata and the Big Bad Bull is his first picture book. Ann-Cathrine Loo lives in Cambridge, England. She grew up in Sweden where she studied art for six years. In 1998, she earned a BA in Ethnology and Art History from Mid Sweden University. In Cambridge, she takes care of her family, paints, illustrates picture books, takes part in history re-enactments, and visits castles.

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"In Tata and the Big Bad Bull, the exuberant, rocking rhythms of Juleus Ghunta's rhyming story and the appealing and adventurous human and animal-filled illustrations by Ann-Cathrine Loo draw the reader into the world of Tata and his grandmother.... In a highly entertaining story, readers see how Tata learns to capably work through his problem by asking the right questions, not prejudging a person based on first impressions and reputation, apologizing when he is at fault, seeking advice from others, respecting people, and serving as a mediator in his community. Children and adults will enjoy and relate to this book immensely, but it also addresses in positive terms how to deal with bullying on individual and community levels." Loretta Collins Klobah, PhD Full Professor University of Puerto Rico "Juleus Ghunta boldly steps over the fences of genre, ignoring gatekeepers much like Tata, his relentless protagonist. Of course, children will easily relate to a Caribbean boy living with his Grandmother in an idyllic setting populated with people and fantastic animals with names like Owl Eugene and Nanny Dean. But upon close inspection one might find, tucked between the lines of Tata and the Big Bad Bull, some timely commentary on the challenges our children face on a daily basis and solutions that often go unmentioned. However Ghunta's commentary on a modern-day playground issue is skillfully interwoven into the tale and does not overtake the fact that Tata and the Big Bad Bull is fun ride from start to finish with constant repetition to rev up a child's urge to read out loud. The Caribbean is where the story takes place. However, this is a classic, universal tale even though one wishes there were more quirky Caribbean characters of feather and fur, speaking even short lines of dialect. Not to worry. Ann Cathrine Loo's bold, brilliantly rendered pictures vividly creates a well-loved local setting which will immerse young readers in Tata's experience. Welcome to the watercolour West Indian world of Pellken." - Roland Watson Grant, author of Sketcher "Young readers form the Caribbean will not only learn about prepositions and other language skills, they will be introduced to a young hero who resembles them. In this delightful tale, they will also learn that any obstacle may be overcome by using their minds and that perseverance is a gift in itself." Geoffrey Philp, author of Garvey's Ghost

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