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 | Book Awards 2022 | Writings/ Picture Books for Children


Full Title: Duster

Author: Richa Jha and Neeti Banerji
Publisher: Pickle Yolk Books

Award Category: Writings/ Picture Books for Children
About the Book: 

Duster the dog is more of a cat. He loves the naps, the flaps, and the fish. And he doesn’t like to announce arrivals, to play fetch, and to dig for bones. Especially, certainly, not the bones. His human craves dog love. Will the two ever be right for each other?

Richa Jha narrates with brevity and humour a tiny, universal tale of love and companionship (and expectations) that is sure to strike a chord with the readers. Neeti Banerji’s endearing frames are chocked full of details with Easter eggs and parallel threads to add to the re-readability of the story. The minimal palette and simple character shapes - Duster is essentially an oblong with legs - work with the highly detailed line-art to engage and not overwhelm.

About the Author: 

Richa Jha is a children’s author and a passionate advocate of children’s picture books. She runs Pickle Yolk Books, a multi-award-winning independent publishing house for picture books in India.

Neeti Banerji is an illustrator and visual artist based in New Delhi, India. After completing her BFA in Illustration from the Rhode Island School of Design, she worked with publishing houses in Boston and New York as a designer, returning to India a year later. She then had a year-long stint as the lead marketing designer for Paro Goodearth, handling communications both online and offline.
Since going freelance full-time in late 2019 she's worked in a number of fields including editorial art, F&B, visual identity creation, and board game development. Get in touch at


Duster the dog was really a cat.

He liked the couch. The cupboard. The chandelier.

Not quite the dog things, you see.

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