The three-thousand-year-old tale of Rama, who rescues his wife, Sita, from the Demon King, is said to confer a blessing on all who hear it. In Rama and the Demon King , this glorious myth is retold, so that children of all cultures can enjoy the thrilling story. The vibrant illustrations, based on the ancient tradition of shadow-puppetry, convey all the exuberance of a tale which, although centuries old, is still very much alive.
Jessica Souhami studied at the Central School of Art and Design. In 1980 she formed Mme Souhami and Co, a travelling puppet company using colourful shadow puppets with a musical accompaniment and a storyteller. Her illustrations, like her puppets, use brilliant colour and bold shapes and her characters leap and swoop across the spreads.