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Hot, Hot Roti for Dada-ji

By F. Zia

Illustrated by Ken Min


Aneel’s grandparents have come to stay, all the way from India. Aneel loves the sweet smell of his grandmother’s incense, and his grandfather, Dada-ji, tells the world’s best stories.

When he was a boy, adventurous, energetic Dada-ji had the power of a tiger. Hunh-ji! Yes, sir! He could shake mangoes off trees and wrangle wild cobras. And what gave him his power? Fluffy-puffy hot, hot roti, with a bit of tongue-burning mango pickle. Does Dada-ji still have the power? Aneel wants to find out—but first he has to figure out how to whip up a batch of hot, hot roti.

Overflowing with family, food, and a tall stack of fun, Hot, Hot Roti for Dada-ji is sure to warm the heart and tickle the tummy. Hunh-ji! Yes, sir!

Booktalk with author F. Zia and illustrator Ken Min

Teacher's Guide

Roti Recipe

Asian Pacific American Award for Literature
Honor, Picture Books

"Starred Review"
Kirkus Reviews

Best Children's Books of the Year
Bank Street College of Education

2014 International Children's Book Day
Imagination Nations through Story

Interest Level
Grades K - 5
Reading Level
Grades 2 - 3
Asian/Asian American Interest, Cultural diversity, Family Traditions, Food, Grandparents, Immigration
About the Creators

F. Zia is a writer and an elementary school teacher who grew up in Hyderabad, India. Her stories blend humor and tradition, memories and contemporary moments. Zia, who believes writing—like roti making—requires persistence and practice, wrote this story as a gift to her grandchildren. Zia lives in eastern Massachusetts with her husband. This is her first picture book.

Ken Min is an illustrator and animation storyboard artist. As a boy in Los Angeles, Min dreamed of becoming a dinosaur doctor. After realizing that dinosaurs were extinct, he decided to pursue his love of art. Min still lives in California and enjoys drawing the animals at the San Diego Zoo. His Web site is kenminart.com , and this is the first picture book he has illustrated.

Photo: Ryan Astamendi

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