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A children's book about a gnome named Glippy who embarks on a grand quest to rescue his friend.
A children's book about a gnome named Glippy who embarks on a grand quest to rescue his friend.
148 backers pledged $14,550 to help bring this project to life.

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A few years ago, a close friend told me she was sometimes afraid of the dark. So, to help calm her fears, I told her I knew a gnome named Glippy, and I had asked him to watch over and protect her at night. Then, I would leave little pictures of gnomes around her house with encouraging notes on them. Some I would leave in plain sight; some I would hide. They'd be in her refrigerator, on her pillow, in a coat pocket, under her toothbrush, and all sorts of other places. They would serve as little reminders that Glippy was looking out for her. I also made up tons of stories about Glippy's grand adventures to help my friend sleep a little easier. And thus, the legend of Glippy was born.

Now, I've written a children's book about one of Glippy's adventures, and with your help, it will be published. The book will be 50 pages of adventure illustrated by the award-winning, Dana Cohen.

In this story, Glippy's friend Glenda has been kidnapped by a vile beast, and he must embark on an epic journey to save her. But this isn't your typical "damsel in distress" story. In the end, Glenda turns out to be more than capable of taking care of herself.

As you can already tell, the art for the book is going to be amazing! To see more of Dana Cohen's work, check out her website:

The Author

Gabe Barrett runs a mission organization in Atlanta, GA that organizes and leads high school and college students to work with the homeless. He majored in English at Auburn University and really just loves to tell stories. This will be his 4th book but first one for children. 

The Illustrator

Dana Cohen works mostly in watercolor and ink and her style has been described as whimsical with a bite. She received a BA in Studio Art from Florida State University and a MFA in Illustration from the Savannah College of Art and Design. She has been called many names but Donut has stuck around the longest. Her daily challenge is not mixing up her coffee cup with her paint water container.  http://cohenillustration.com/home.html

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The Book

50 pages. 8.5"x11". Full color.
50 pages. 8.5"x11". Full color.
 

If you'd like to add another book to your reward, simply add $25 to your pledge.

The Activity Book

25 pages. 8.5"x11". Coloring pages, mazes, word searches, jokes, mad libs, and more!
25 pages. 8.5"x11". Coloring pages, mazes, word searches, jokes, mad libs, and more!
 

If you'd like to add an activity book to your reward, simply add $15 to your pledge.

The Art Print

8"x10". Beautiful. Professional paper. Hand signed by the illustrator.
8"x10". Beautiful. Professional paper. Hand signed by the illustrator.

If you'd like to add an art print to your reward, simply add $20 to your pledge.

The Gnome in Your Home

9" tall. Fully poseable!
9" tall. Fully poseable!

Unlike elves who get into mischief, gnomes are much better to have around the house. They watch over things and make sure no monsters crawl out from under any beds. They've also been known to leave encouraging notes and tell jokes from time to time.

We've partnered with the very talented Carolee Carpenter Jandreau to make these. Check out more cool stuff at her Etsy store: https://www.etsy.com/shop/NatureTableTreasures

Rules for Gnome in Your Home: https://www.dropbox.com/s/n761j8nvwvz8plc/Gnome%20in%20Your%20Home%20%28KS%29.pdf

If you'd like to add a Gnome in Your Home to your reward, simply add $25 to your pledge.

The Sticky Note Pad

50 pages. Leave fun and encouraging notes from Glippy!
50 pages. Leave fun and encouraging notes from Glippy!

If you'd like to add 2 sticky note pads to your reward, simply add $10 to your pledge.

Where your money goes:

  • Artwork
  • Layout
  • Production costs
  • Shipping & Handling
  • ISBN number
  • Kickstarter fees

Thank you so much for taking the time to check out the project. We hope you'll help us turn this dream into a reality!

Stretch Goals

$17,000 - HARD COVER!

At $17,000, the book will be published in hardcover format. This is a goal we would really love to reach as children's books are truly meant to be in hardcover.

$22,000 - 2nd Activity Book!

At $22,000, everyone who backs at the $20 level or higher will receive an activity book. This will be a different activity book from the one at the $40 level.

$25,000 - Volume 2!

At $25,000, we'll start illustrating the next Glippy adventure: The Wizard's Curse. The story is done and just waiting to be drawn. Also, all Kickstarter backers of this project will get a discount on The Wizard's Curse.

Risks and challenges

Anytime you're dealing with art and publishing, there's a chance for delays. However, the illustrator, Dana Cohen, is a proven professional, and the art will most assuredly be done on time barring some unforeseen illness or shortage of watercolors. Also, I'm using a North American publisher which means the books won't get stuck in some shipping container for weeks on end.

If there are delays due to revisions, printing, or shipping, you have my word that I will do everything I can to have the books to you as quickly as possible, and I'll communicate with you every step of the way.

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    PEN PAL: You'll receive a postcard of a page from the story with a special thanks from Glippy the Gnome himself.

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    DIGITAL: You'll receive a full color, high resolution PDF version of the story in your e-mail as soon as the book comes out.

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    EARLY-BIRD: You'll receive a copy of the book delivered straight to your door and the PDF delivered to your e-mail. (Shipping is included)

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    THE SIGNATURE: You'll receive an author signed copy of the book delivered straight to your door and the PDF delivered to your e-mail. (Shipping is included)

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    ACTIVITIES!: You'll receive an author signed copy of the book delivered straight to your door and the PDF delivered to your e-mail.

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    The ART LOVER: You'll receive an author signed copy of the book delivered straight to your door and the PDF delivered to your e-mail AND an 8x10 full color art print signed by the illustrator. (Shipping is included.)

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    GNOME IN YOUR HOME: You'll receive an author signed copy of the book delivered straight to your door and the PDF delivered to your e-mail

    AND you'll get a 9 inch poseable version of Glippy to place around your home for your kids to find and/or play with

    AND you'll get 2 Glippy the gnome sticky note pads so you can hide clever, funny, and encouraging notes around your house.

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    TWO BOOKS: You'll receive two author signed copies of the book delivered straight to your door and the PDF delivered to your e-mail. (Shipping is included)

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    IMAGINATION BUNDLE: This is a combination of the GNOME IN YOUR HOME and ACTIVITIES! rewards. You'll receive an author signed copy of the book delivered straight to your door and the PDF delivered to your e-mail. AND you'll get a 9 inch poseable version of Glippy to place around your home for your kids to find and/or play with AND you'll get 2 Glippy the gnome sticky note pads so you can hide clever, funny, and encouraging notes around your house
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    THE GIFT GIVER: You'll receive 5 author signed copies of the book delivered straight to your door and the PDF delivered to your e-mail. (Shipping is included)

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    THE BIG TIME GIFT GIVER: You'll receive 10 author signed copies of the book delivered straight to your door or to the school of your choice and the PDF delivered to your e-mail. (Shipping is included)

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    BE THE GNOME: You'll receive 5 author signed copies of the book delivered straight to your door and the PDF delivered to your e-mail. AND you'll get everything in the IMAGINATION BUNDLE which includes the 9" poseable Glippy, sticky note pads, and activity book. AND you or someone you love will be drawn into the story. You send us a picture, and we draw them as a gnome and put them in the book. You'll also have options for the gnome's attire.

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