Most three-years-old may find it difficult to even form a sentence, but not child prodigy Chryseis Knight who holds the rare distinction of being one of the youngest authors in the world.
“The Great Big Lion", drawn and written by child prodigy Knight, is a story about a lion and two children. It talks about friendship, inclusivity, wildlife conservation and the world of imagination.
Earlier published independently abroad, the book was released on Monday for the first time in India under Penguin Random House India’s “Puffin" imprint. Knight, who is currently residing in Canada, learnt how to read at the age of one, started writing the story of “The Great Big Lion" in her notebook when she was three years old. She then shared it with her family and became determined to do the artwork with the motivation of getting the book published.
Now seven-years-old, she hopes to inspire children all around the world to embrace the magic in books.
“Tremendously excited that we are publishing this unique book that was written and illustrated by Chryseis when she was merely three! Her writings have an endearing quality; it speaks to children and resonates with them, and the themes she covers are wide-ranging: from wildlife conservation to developing empathy. It is not surprising that she was inducted into Mensa at age two for her linguistic talents. She’s exceptionally gifted and we look forward to her writing career as she grows up," said Arpita Nath, commissioning editor, Penguin Random House.