Congratulations on the publication of 100 CHAPATIS by Derek Mascarenhas, illustrated by Shantala Robinson, released yesterday October 15th, from Owlkids Books!

About 100 CHAPATIS:

A boy makes one hundred chapatis with his grandfather while they wait for news of his new baby sibling’s arrival

Simon doesn’t want the baby to come. He was happy with just his mom, dad, and Pappa. Now, Mom and Dad are at the hospital, and Simon and Pappa are waiting for news at home.

Knowing how hard it is to wait, Pappa starts Simon on a project of making one hundred chapatis. They measure the ingredients, knead and roll the dough, and then drop them one by one into a giant frying pan. Soon, Simon is so busy that he forgets to worry. “Can I show the baby how to make chapatis?” he asks Pappa. And before they know it, Pappa is frying up the one hundredth chapati … and the phone is ringing!

A debut picture book with texture-rich illustrations and simple evocative text, 100 Chapatis is a gentle lesson in patience that makes for a wonderful read-aloud.

Derek Mascarenhas is a graduate of the University of Toronto SCS Creative Writing Program, a finalist and runner up for the Penguin Random House of Canada Student Award for Fiction, and a nominee for the Marina Nemat Award. His short story collection, Coconut Dreams, was acclaimed by Quill & Quire and The Globe and Mail. Derek lives in Toronto, Ontario, and 100 Chapatis is his first picture book.

Derek is represented by Amy Tompkins.

Congratulations Derek!