Legendary novelist Isabel Allende has a new audience in mind with her next books.
Allende, author of books including The House of the Spirits, Paula, and Island Beneath the Sea, has signed a deal to write three children’s picture books for Philomel Books, the Associated Press reports.
The first book will be Perla, the Mighty Dog, which is slated for publication on June 4, 2024. Illustrated by Sandy Rodriguez, the book was inspired by Allende’s own pooch. It tells the story of a boy named Nico and his dog, who boasts two superpowers: earning the love of people, and barking at an unusually high volume. It will be published in both English and Spanish.
“I love dogs more than people because we have so much to learn from them,” Allende told the AP. “Perla is joyful, loyal, loves unconditionally and is always ready to protect her family. Perla and Nico’s adventures are about the power of friendship, teamwork and the magic hidden in our daily lives.”
Allende announced the news of her book deal on Instagram, writing, “This is a poignant story about the bond between child and pet that also teaches young readers to stand up for themselves. I can’t wait for you to share it with your families.”
Michael Schaub is a contributing writer.