Poonam Mistry
You're Safe With Me

Lantana Publishing (2+)

9781911373292 (hardback)

Deep in the Indian forest, it is bedtime, but the baby monkey, loris, pangolin and tiger cub can’t sleep as the skies turn stormy, Mama Elephant’s words of wisdom bring comfort through the strange sounds and night visions of the dark, “You’re safe with me...”

Inspired by traditional Indian art techniques and depicted in rich autumnal hues that resonate with the natural world, this highly decorative, distinctive book acts like a soothing balm to bedtime fears. The intricate Kalamkari technique and use of elegant mandalas are employed to stunning effect throughout. A flowing style incorporates the text in and around the illustrations drawing the viewer’s eye across the page to explore the exquisite patterns and details of the hidden creatures of the forest, punctured by the sudden sights and sounds of thunder, lightning and rain. A pictorial feast that brings new visual experiences to the universal theme that nothing is as frightening as first it seems.


Poonam Mistry is a British illustrator of Indian heritage with a degree in Graphic Design and Illustration from the University of Hertfordshire. Her style incorporates her love of nature and her Indian roots and explores the relationships between pattern, shapes and colour. Poonam's work is heavily influenced by Indian folklore, mythology and art. The patterns and intricate details that are her signature style draw from Indian fabrics, Kalamkari textiles, Madhubani paintings and hand-painted ornaments. She is the illustrator of You're Safe With Me and its companion book You're Snug With Me, both published by Lantana Publishing.

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