The Wrong Stripes

Written and Illustrated by Arjun Rihan

A heartwarming children's picture book about what it means to belong when you feel all wrong.

Rudy the zebra has a peculiar problem: his stripes zag instead of zig. Unable to fit in with his herd, he sets off on an adventure with the hope of finding someone like himself.

On his journey, Rudy discovers a world full of animals with vibrant spots, dazzling points, and other mesmerizing patterns.

But will he find what he is looking for?


Gold Medal Winner, 2018 Wishing Shelf Book Awards for Pre-School Picture Books
Finalist, 2018 Next Generation Indie Awards for Children's Picture Book (ages 6+)

What readers are saying:

“I read this every night for a week with my mum. It’s the best book ever.”
-Girl, aged 7

”It’s important for children to understand that everybody is different. The children understood the message but also they thought the story was fun. They loved the pics and all the sweet animals the zebra met. Lovely.”
-Primary teacher, aged 34

“A lot of thought went into this picture book. The writing style is perfect for younger children, and the theme is simple to understand but also very relevant to them. My Yr 1 class used this book to discuss how animals – and people – can be very different and how important it is not to judge too quickly. Heartwarming and sweet.”
-Primary teacher, aged 52

“Beautifully illustrated and fun to read”-HKhosh
“wonderful” -srs
”sweet and touching” -NV
”I liked this book so much. The zebra was cool.” -Boy aged 6

“A wonderfully sweet story, superbly illustrated. A GOLD MEDAL WINNER and highly recommended.”
-The Wishing Shelf Book Awards


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Price: $15.99 U.S.

Suggested Reading Level: Ages 5 and up

Format: 36 pages hardcover

Publisher: Dedoop Books

Language: English

ISBN: 978-0-9991588-0-7

Dimensions: 8.5 x 8.5 x 0.3 inches

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