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An A-to-Z picture book that introduces kids (and adults) to code terms from HTML & more with memorable rhymes and quirky creatures.
An A-to-Z picture book that introduces kids (and adults) to code terms from HTML & more with memorable rhymes and quirky creatures.
1,362 backers pledged $56,119 to help bring this project to life.

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OUR STORY 

Nearly two years ago, we were invited to a baby celebration for a dear friend, Matt. Amie & Matt have worked closely together, creating dozens of websites over the years, and he has become part of our chosen family. We knew exactly what we wanted to get a developer like Matt—a cool kid’s book about code, a book that would introduce Matt's baby to the nerdy world of websites, apps, and digital products. We were shocked to find that none existed... so, we wrote our own kid’s code book (well, a PDF) with brightly colored words on a black background.

Meet Matt and Camper. We want Matt to read our book to Camper before he gets much older, to inspire Camper with the wonderful world of code. I mean, the poor kid has waited his WHOLE life for this book.
Meet Matt and Camper. We want Matt to read our book to Camper before he gets much older, to inspire Camper with the wonderful world of code. I mean, the poor kid has waited his WHOLE life for this book.

OUR VISION

We knew the right illustrations would bring the book to life and into the hands of future developers. At a party, we saw a cute illustration that our friend Sarah‘s colleague drew of her that perfectly captured Sarah’s warm and spunky personality. We immediately knew we’d found our partner for the code book, someone who would understand our vision and could build on it with his own silly imagination and fabulous creatures. With illustrator Jason Heglund on board, the The Wonderful World of Creatures & Code (aka WWoCC) was finally born.

This is the awesome Jason. This guy should get paid for all the nights and weekends he needs to spend illustrating WWoCC away from his wife and daughter.
This is the awesome Jason. This guy should get paid for all the nights and weekends he needs to spend illustrating WWoCC away from his wife and daughter.

OUR BOOK

The Wonderful World of Creatures & Code introduces readers of all ages to foundational code terms and tags used to create websites. The book's world represents our diverse world, with girls, boys, and creatures of all types. WWoCC will be an 8" by 10," full-color hardcover book with premium uncoated linen paper stock—your eyes and hands will thank us.

The book is not all fun and games—we worked hard to make sure the illustrations bring each code concept to life. Each drooling creature gets new features added in this lab, just like you add attributes to <a> tags to make them complete.
The book is not all fun and games—we worked hard to make sure the illustrations bring each code concept to life. Each drooling creature gets new features added in this lab, just like you add attributes to <a> tags to make them complete.

A world of code, kids, creatures, and rhymes

WWoCC colorfully illustrates 26 essential HTML tags and fundamental code elements used in making websites—and has integrated “insider” references that developers and engineers will appreciate. Short, rhyming pairs make reading time fun and easy, even with a complex topic. The creature-filled world draws kids in and keeps them hooked as they learn things like the difference between ordered and unordered lists.

Who wouldn't want a pink polka-dotted creature with teef like those teaching HTML concepts like how a <br> tag creates line breaks in a website?!? So darn good.
Who wouldn't want a pink polka-dotted creature with teef like those teaching HTML concepts like how a <br> tag creates line breaks in a website?!? So darn good.

Fun and accurate 

Written to teach and inspire, The Wonderful World of Creatures & Code presents code terms and concepts in a simple way, rather than dumbing them down. With each WWoCC storytime, readers of all ages get familiar with arguably the most important language of the 21st century, with laughs and funny-toofed creatures along the way.

Pirates, unicorns, ice cream-eating creatures, and slobbery aliens teach the basics of making web pages—including cascading style sheets. What more could you possibly want?
Pirates, unicorns, ice cream-eating creatures, and slobbery aliens teach the basics of making web pages—including cascading style sheets. What more could you possibly want?

A perfect 21st-century bedtime story 

The Wonderful World of Creatures & Code is a must-have baby shower gift and go-to bedtime story for all kids, not just those of developers like our friend Matt. WWoCC is kid tested and developer approved. Please help us bring WWoCC from the drawing board to your child's hands.

Just like <!doctype> starts every HTML file, the creature and kid are at the start of their own journey.
Just like <!doctype> starts every HTML file, the creature and kid are at the start of their own journey.

OUR REQUEST 

We need your help to get this book into the hands of as many children (and adults) as possible. Please fund this project and spread the word with friends and family. And, if you’re wondering, most of the funds raised will be used to pay Jason the Great (illustrator) and to print and ship the book to you. The rest goes to the super exciting stuff: Fulfillment costs, Kickstarter fees, payment processing fees, freight charges, packaging materials, and copyright costs. Space paint not included.

Each pretty penny has its place in creating a quality children's book.
Each pretty penny has its place in creating a quality children's book.

OUR REWARDS

Here's another rundown of our awesome rewards—but, please be sure to read the full descriptions in the Rewards section.

WWoCC FAN CLUB: No physical reward.

WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD: One (1) unsigned first-edition hardcover copy of WWoCC.

SIGN ON THE SLOBBERY LINE: One (1) autographed first-edition hardcover copy of WWoCC. Each book will be signed by Amie, Heather, and Jason.

SHARING IS CARING: Two (2) unsigned first-edition hardcover copies of WWoCC.

LIVE BY THE CODE: Five (5) unsigned first-edition hardcover copies of WWoCC.

CREATURE FEATURE: One (1) signed 11" by 14" print of the CSS page and one (1) autographed first-edition hardcover copy of WWoCC.

CREATURE COMFORTS: A one-of-a-kind stuffed creature toy from the pages of WWoCC made just for you. Here's an example of the type of stuffed creature you'll receive. Note: these examples are not WWoCC creatures, but they other creatures made by Yvonne, our awesome local craftswoman who will be making your kid's new best friend. We will choose a creature from the book to have made for you. Plus, you also get an autographed first-edition hardcover copy of WWoCC.

BECOME IMMORTAL: Three people have the chance to have their kid drawn into the pages of WWoCC. You will need to send us a picture or two and a brief description of your child, and Jason will work his magic. Each of the three kids will make it into one of the inside pages of the book and will be drawn in the style of the rest of the book. You will get an autographed first-edition hardcover copy of WWoCC that features your child on one of the pages. As a reminder, here's how kids look in our world of creatures and code:

Risks and challenges

We are 100% confident we can get this awesome book in your hands by April 2016 based on our extensive experience in both the publishing and tech worlds.

There is minimal risk for everyone involved. The book is completely written and sketched out. With the first 5 illustrations done, Jason is on track to finish illustrating the book by this December. But only if we can fund the rest of his time.

Our carefully-selected printer (Friesens in Canada) and fulfillment house (Co-Operations in Oregon) located in North America are ready to get the book to you in a timely manner.

Many thanks and little slobbering creatures to you for helping make this book real.

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    WWoCC FAN CLUB:

    Maybe you don't know any children. Maybe you don't like creatures. But you do want to support our quest to get this book into the hands of as many people as possible. Every dollar counts, so we will reward you with sunshine, rainbows, and regular updates. (Sunshine and rainbows not guaranteed.)

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    WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD:

    ONE (1) FIRST-EDITION HARDCOVER BOOK. This is the real deal. No bells, no whistles, no ice cream cones. Just a smart, fun, awesomely-illustrated book that will both engage and educate for years to come.

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    SIGN ON THE SLOBBERY LINE:

    ONE (1) AUTOGRAPHED FIRST-EDITION HARDCOVER BOOK. You like the human touch and are willing to pay a bit extra for it. Amie, Heather, and Jason each will sign your book before we send it to you. And you can hope we’ll become famous one day and that the book’s value will skyrocket.

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    SHARING IS CARING:

    TWO (2) FIRST-EDITION HARDCOVER BOOKS. You like us AND someone else in the world. Buy two copies to be shipped directly to you so you can share one with a special someone in your life. You'll get twice the thanks for it.

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    LIVE BY THE CODE:

    FIVE (5) FIRST-EDITION HARDCOVER BOOKS. You know something good when you see it and you want to spread the love around. We will send you five books and you can become your neighborhood's Pied Piper, with children following you around clamoring for one of the books (not that you necessarily can play a pipe or that we are saying children are akin to rats).

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    CREATURE FEATURE

    ONE (1) SIGNED PRINT OF THE CSS PAGE & ONE (1) AUTOGRAPHED FIRST-EDITION HARDCOVER BOOK. Like us, you know that it does not get much better than Jason’s adorable kids and creatures and you want to adorn more than your bookshelf with them. We’ll ship you an 11" by 14" print before you get your signed book so you can look at it and dream of the wonder to come.

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    CREATURE COMFORTS:

    ONE-OF-A-KIND WWoCC CREATURE DOLL. In addition to one autographed copy of WWoCC, this is your chance to own a one-of-a-kind stuffed creature from the book made just for you. Handmade by a Portland craftswoman, this all cloth, kid-friendly stuffed toy is destined to become the heirloom over which the family fights. (Creature choices are ours.)

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    BECOME IMMORTAL:

    Okay, maybe that's overselling it, but you have the chance to be one of just three people to have their kid drawn into the book. Working from a photo you supply, Jason will draw your kid’s likeness alongside the creatures in the pages of WWoCC. So cool! (One kid per pledge drawn in the style of the book.) Plus, of course, you get an autographed copy of the book.

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