Captain Coconut is a one-of-a-kind Indian detective, ready to solve any mystery, large or small. In his debut adventure The Case of the Missing Bananas – the first in a planned series – we follow the Captain as he moves from his office to the scene of crime, his powerful brain constantly at work – even during the times he breaks into song and dance like a Bollywood hero.

Artist Priya Sundram takes Anushka Ravishankar’s hilarious mixture of logic puzzles and non sequiturs to a greater level of absurdity, bringing together elements of popular Indian imagery drawn from advertising, film, newspapers, architecture and decor to create a delightful world that is at once hilarious and grounded. Children of all ages will enjoy the book in innumerable ways.

Anushka Ravishankar, India’s best-known writer of nonsense verse, has been dubbed ‘India’s Dr Seuss’. Her witty and jubilant tales are internationally acclaimed and widely translated. She has authored over twenty books and travelled widely performing from her stories.

Priya Sundram is a London-based illustrator who graduated from the Royal College of Art. She is working on several forthcoming children’s book with Tara Books in her distinctive style of collage art. She has also been involved with a number of children’s workshops including at the V&A’s Museum of Childhood.

Captain Coconut and the Case of the Missing Bananas is published by Tara Books. Read more.