Kayal, the Formidable

A non-linear epic picture book with hilarious verses and gorgeous illustrations

You don't know Kayal?
Are you really for real?
Waking up to shake things up,
She will pour the world and drink it up.

Kayal, the Formidable. Cover Image.

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A timeless epic

Kayal travels through a suspenseful adventure with a mysterious challenger discovering how everything and everyone is connected, eventually transforming herself into a formidable individual by realizing what it means to be strong.

Hilarious events, musical verses and gorgeous illustrations paint a landscape of mischief and wonder in Kayal, the Formidable. Parents are filled with nostalgia and joy when they read to their young children. As the children grow up, they can watch them read and enjoy the layered story at their own pace. Kayal is written with the intention of growing up with children.

Kayal, the Formidable brings alive the people, flora, and fauna of Tamil Nadu in an imaginary village called Moomi. A fantasy grounded in real-life, Kayal, the Formidable is well suited to imbibe cultural awareness and understanding and empathy in young minds.

Post Seuss

Kayal, the Formidable uses hilarious verses and rib-tickling illustrations with a tip of the hat towards Dr.Seuss and Shel Silverstein. A magical creature and nonsensical verses pull the reader in before driving them up to a thundering climax in this rip-roaring adventure.

Slow reading heaven

Binary stories are easy to tell, easy to listen to. They are also easy to forget. Kayal, the Formidable emphasizes that the journey is more important than the destination. It is meant to be read slowly, over a long period of time and repeated. A fitting bed time story for all age groups.

Cultural diversity

Children growing up in concrete jungles most often do not even know where their food comes from. Can a story set in a village where production is close to consumption make for an awe inspiring story? Kayal, the Formidable is set in an imaginary village in southern Tamil Nadu, India. The village, the practices and the people have been depicted as close to reality as possible without losing the charm of a picture book.

Challenge young readers

Stories for young children are usually short and simple. They are optimized for low attention span. But do they have to be? Can young children read a long story over multiple sittings? Can they remember or back track? Can we train the young ones in delayed gratification using compelling stories as vehicles? Kayal, the Formidable addresses these questions.


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