PALOO AND FRIENDS IN IMAGINARIA is an exciting and adventurous children’s picture book about a precocious and fun-loving Nigerian boy named “Paloo”. He is known for telling exhilarating stories to the children in his friendly Nigerian neighbourhood. The only problem is that his best friend, Lara, thinks he’s telling tale tales.
In this debut picture book, written by Aishetu Fatima Dozie, Paloo, along with his friends, Lara and Suhail, embark on a fantastic adventure in the world of Imaginaria escaping through an old colorful wrapper given to him by his grandfather. He goes to places like China, Argentina, Tanzania, Brazil, Egypt, and Tibet all while the rest of Lagos is sound asleep.
PALOO AND FRIENDS IN IMAGINARIA is for children ages 7 and below and it comes alive with beautifully illustrated pages depicting a world where children have fun and learn about colours, animals, culture, and various life lessons. The book also creatively features fun activities that parents can participate in with their kids and includes some words in Nigerian languages for children to learn. Ultimately, PALOO AND FRIENDS IN IMAGINARIA through its adventurous journey teaches children the power of believing in the impossible.
The book will be launched on the 25th of May 2013 at Paloo’s Place in Ikoyi, Lagos, Nigeria and promises to be a day filled with lots of fun games and activities for kids in celebration of International Children’s Day.
Aishetu Fatima Dozie spent most of her professional career in finance and investment banking and had always nursed a nagging aspiration to be a published writer but told herself that she was not the “creative” type. However, after having her first child, her world went from black and white excel spreadsheets to a kaleidoscope of colors and whimsical activities. Her first venture, Paloo’s Place, was born and she created a space where young children and their parents go to play, learn, and grow creatively.
Following the success of Paloo’s Place, she decided to craft a series of Nigerian and African children’s characters in order to tell relatable stories to the children that come to her center everyday.
The author hopes the book will play an important role in strengthening the existing African culture of storytelling and reading to kids to further develop literacy and imaginative skills of young Nigerian children. This is the first in a series of books that will serve this aim.
PALOO AND FRIENDS IN IMAGINARIA is available in the iTunes iBookstore, Amazon.com Kindle Store, and in children’s bookstores in select locations in Nigeria.
For more information on the book and the author, visit www.facebook.com/PaloosPlace