Penguin Random House India (PRHI) announced the compiling of a series of three picture books from star couple Soha Ali Khan and Kunal Kemmu. The children’s books will be published under Penguin’s ‘Puffin’ imprint, which is tentatively titled “Inni and Bobo”. The first book of the series will be released next year.
A story about a little child finding friendship and the beauty of adopting dogs, the ‘Inni and Bobo’ series would help young readers learn about empathy along with some other “imperative life lessons” and more.
Soha and Kunal, who are parents to a three-year-old daughter, Inaaya Naumi Kemmu, said one of the things their daughter always looks forward to is listening to stories.
Talking about the same, the couple said in a statement, “One of Inaaya’s favorite things to do is storytime – either she’ll bring a book to one of us and ask us to read it to her whilst she looks at the pictures, or then as she says ‘from your mouth’ where she chooses the characters and the setting and we make up the story for her. Often the story is about her and an animal because she loves animals – all animals without discrimination, but perhaps being partial to dogs because of Masti. So, we started telling her stories about a little girl called Inni and her dog.”
“She loved the stories and then asked to see the pictures and that’s when we came up with the idea of writing a series of books about Inni – based on Inaaya – and Bobo,” they further added. According to the publishers, the truly captivating story will touch the hearts of children, their guardians, and animal lovers.
Arpita Nath, associate commissioning editor, PRHI, said, “I am absolutely thrilled that Soha and Kunal’s beautiful picture books have found a home at Puffin. I hope these gorgeously illustrated picture books find a special place on every young reader’s bookshelf. And we are also so very excited to welcome Kunal to the Penguin Random House family as a new author.”