Mission Imagination is the brand new series of the Puffin podcast. Hosted by the stand-up comedian, actor, writer and fan favourite of Celebrity Gogglebox Babatunde Aléshé, alongside two young Puffineers, there’ll be a new adventure for each week of the summer holidays. Each episode will whoosh children away to a different magical world created by a fantastic Puffin author.
From magical forests to Biscuitville, children will be taken to places where sweets really do grow on trees, where puffins are rulers of the land, and where you can swim in a sea of chocolate. But, be warned, there are rules for stepping foot in these dreamlands – and when rules are broken, danger follows . . . What Danger? Well, you’ll have to tune in to find out.
Tom Austin, Head of Brand and Social at Puffin, said:
“We are thrilled to bring Mission Imagination, season 2 of the Puffin Podcast, to audiences just in time for the summer holidays. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to jump into the imagination of a different Puffin author each episode. Host Babatunde Aléshé, alongside his cheeky sidekicks, brings so much joy and positivity to the podcast. Mission Imagination captures the magic of storytelling in a way that’s accessible for all.”
The author line-up and key titles include:
- Humza Arshad, author of “Little Badman and the Invasion of the Killer Aunties”
- Jen Carney, author of “The Accidental Diary of B.U.G.”
- Rashmi Sirdeshpande, author of “How to Change the World”
- Greg James and Chris Smith, authors of “The Great Dream Robbery”
- Robin Stevens, author of the bestseller series “Murder Most Unladylike”
- Nathan and Dapo, author and illustrator of Waterstones Children’s book of the Year 2020 Look Up! and this year’s sequel Clean Up!
- Abigail Balfe, author of “A Different Sort of Normal”
Kicking off the first episode is actor, comedian, host, and writer, Humza Arshad, who invites listeners to a world of space exploration, featuring ninja-rapper-gangsters, a special cricket planet where you can play endless cricket in the championship, a spy headquarters where top secret work is conducted and the perfect reading spot in the far corners of the galaxy. The adventure with Humza, host Babatunde and two young Puffineers takes a turn for the worst when one crucial rule is broken and chaos ensues with the threat of green one eyed monsters and the scariest of all – killer aunties.
Humza Arshad, said:
“I am chuffed to be launching the second series of the Puffin Podcast but this time as a guest rather than the host! I can’t think of a better person to hand the mic over to than Babatunde. I’m really looking forward to sharing the world of imagination with listeners. Though I’m a bit nervous about being on the other end now and what those cheeky two young Puffineers might ask me!”
New episodes drop every Wednesday – and listeners can get involved by scribbling down any story ideas of their own along the way. Listeners also have the chance to be heard on the airwaves, sharing voicenotes about their Would You Rather questions for authors and their magical world to email@example.com.
Families can download a free Mission Imagination activity kit, filled with riddles, maps and everything an excited explorer needs on their audio adventure from puffin.co.uk/podcast.
Puffin Podcast : Mission Imagination is available to listen on all podcast listening platforms.