Bookaboo, the new kids series from Amazon, will debut on October 28 on Prime Video in the US and UK. Already a full-fledged international hit, the series for preschool-aged children celebrates the fun and benefits of adults and children reading togetherThe mobile and the tab, pad, et al, parents, have restricted, if not killed, the reading habit amongst children, and amongst the many terrible effects of not reading is that children’s power to imagine, to let their minds make pictures and moving images with the printed words as triggers. So it comes as good news that Amazon has launched a new original series for kids in the US and UK, to help allow children discover the joys of reading. And not just children, Bookaboo will also show adults how enjoyable it can be, and is, to read books together with children.
Here’s Revati Nair’s report:
Bookaboo combines puppetry, live action and CGI animation, and every episode features a different celebrity guest, who goes “backstage” to share their favorite picture book with Bookaboo, the adorable world-famous drummer puppy and star of the show who needs to be read a book a day or he just can’t play.
What’s more, some very interesting celebrities like actors Paula Abdul, Selma Blair, Guillermo Diaz, Michael Sheen, Rachelle Lefevre, Molly Parker, Hannah Simone, and Emily Van Camp, along with WWE wrestler Adam Copeland, NASA Astronaut Commander Chris Hadfield, and NFL player Antonio Brown of the Pittsburgh Steelers, will guest-star on Bookaboo. Now how many such top and meaningful celebrities with real fan following do you see on kids programs on Television in India?…. I’m waiting… Never mind.
What this series aims to and can do is… let’s hear what Tara Sorensen, Head of Kids Programming at Amazon Studios, has to say: “Bookaboo is an exciting show developed to promote literacy by inspiring parents to read to and with their children and help instill a lifelong love of reading. Each episode incorporates funny storytelling and great books, specifically chosen to capture young viewers’ attention and imagination.”
The series is created by Lucy Goodman, Founder of Happy Films, and produced by Happy Films and Sinking Ship Entertainment. Bookaboo will debut on October 28 exclusively for Prime members via the Amazon Video app for TVs; connected devices, including Fire TV, mobile devices; and online—Prime members can also download the series to mobile devices for offline viewing.
Lucy Goodman said, “We’re thrilled to be working with Amazon Prime Video to bring Bookaboo and its important message to families all across the country. With only half as many parents reading to their kids as there were a generation ago, the time to make a difference is now. Every child should have the opportunity to share great books with someone they love.”
The rocking series follows Bookaboo as he tours the globe with his bandmates Paws and Growler, playing drums to packed stadiums of adoring fans. There’s only one hitch – Bookaboo just can’t play without a story a day! The precocious pup finds creative ways to avoid performing, leading to laugh-out-loud comedy sketches and silly songs. To empower Bookaboo to return to the stage, a famous face appears in each episode to share a favorite story. The picture book that the celebrity guest brings in the special “bookabag” is brought to vibrant life through animation and an interactive, energetic reading that restores Bookaboo’s “bojo.”