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This illustrated children's picture book with music takes the scare out of a thunderstorm with a tale of eternal friendship.
This illustrated children's picture book with music takes the scare out of a thunderstorm with a tale of eternal friendship.
293 backers pledged $11,003 to help bring this project to life.

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Once upon a time my daughter Lillie was terrified of thunderstorms (she still doesn't like them much). One night after feebly trying to calm her and assure her that it was all just noise, I started thinking about what could make a spring storm less scary. I had been making up bedtime stories for my kids for some time, featuring a cast of characters that included an elf named Widget and his best friend Wobble, a penguin. I used them to create a frame around the story of a friendship between Thunder and Lightning. They were also best friends, and played with such fervor and fun that they shook the sky. But when Thunder's family has to move away, their ability to play is limited to all-too-brief visits, with the wildest storms being their most outrageous fun.

When considering the challenges of portraying abstract forces such as thunder and lightning as relatable characters, I asked the prodigiously talented Dee Duncan to collaborate with me to bring this story to life. It is truly gratifying to have someone share a vision for the book as Dee has.

And the music of the incredible band The Low Anthem is another integral aspect of the life of the book. I believe it adds an essential, but wholly complementary, dimension to the impact of the story. 

Your support will allow us to create ebook and hardcover version of the story, as well as additional premiums. Ultimately our dream is to create a story that kids will recall fondly for the rest of their lives. Thank you in advance for your interest and support in making this project a reality. 

- Tim Sheridan

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If we do not achieve our goal, this book will not be published. We simply do not have the funds to make it a reality. Every backer means so much to us, we can't even say. We are eternally grateful.

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    A hardcover First Edition copy of the book, a download of the songs, and a temporary tattoo set featuring the title characters.
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    A hardcover limited First Edition copy of the book signed by the author and illustrator, a card set outlining the development of the character art, a download of the songs, the ebook version of the book (with the songs playable on Apple iPad), and a temporary tattoo set featuring the title characters.
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    Two hardcover limited First Edition copies of the book signed by the author and illustrator, two copies of a card set outlining the development of the character art, a download of the songs, the ebook version of the book (with the songs playable on Apple iPad) and two temporary tattoo sets featuring the title characters.
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    Two hardcover limited First Edition copies of the book signed by the author and illustrator, a Thunder and Lightning T-shirt, two copies of the card set outlining the development of the character art, a download of the songs, the ebook version of the book (with the songs playable on Apple iPad) and two temporary tattoo sets featuring the title characters.
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    Four hardcover limited First Edition copies of the book signed by the author and illustrator, a Thunder and Lightning night light, a limited edition poster, a Thunder and Lightning T-shirt, four copies of the card set outlining the development of the character art, a download of the songs, the ebook version of the book (with the songs playable on Apple iPad) and four temporary tattoo sets featuring the title characters.
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    Six hardcover limited First Edition copies of the book signed by the author and illustrator, six Thunder and Lightning night lights, three Thunder and Lightning T-shirts, three limited edition posters, six copies of the card set outlining the development of the character art, a download of the songs, the ebook version of the book (with the songs playable on Apple iPad) and six temporary tattoo sets featuring the title characters.
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    Ten copies of the hardcover limited First Edition copy of the book signed by the author and illustrator, an original, signed Dee Duncan print, four Thunder and Lightning T-shirts, four limited edition posters, four Thunder and Lightning night lights, ten card sets outlining the development of the character art, a download of the songs, the ebook version of the book (with the songs playable on Apple iPad) and ten temporary tattoo sets featuring the title characters. You will also secure a special place in Heaven (if we have any say in the matter).

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