"Retsnom" is the first in book in the Retsnom Series. The story introduces Retsnom as a tiny monster that can't scare away the bad guys because she is too little and they don't take her seriously. The story progresses with Retsnom quitting the 'scaring bad guys' business and for a while not knowing her purpose in life. Then out of the blue there is a special assignment (scaring off the alien rats that eat all of the cake and candy bars) that utilizes Retsnom's small size. She completes the task and is celebrated for her special capabilities. With her new found sense of purpose and confidence, Retsnom is ready to take on more bad guys. The series will then continue with book two: "Retsnom and the Ants that Eat Pants"
Books of Substance, Education and Value
The author, Michael Acey, takes his writing very seriously and wants to give the world substance and a good value. All Retsnom books will have a clear lesson and moral and they will also feature Acey's "Vocabulary Builder Approach". Acey believes in writing the story with words that an adult would use and then having a glossary with pictures and a definition in terms that a child can understand. As a parent and his children's guide, Acey has utilized this approach and his children have always been known for their large vocabularies and exceptional prowess of the English language.
Acey's Vocabulary Builder Approach not only teaches children new words, but it makes it fun to do so and helps children form the habit of looking up words they do not know as a normal practice when reading any book. As Acey says, "It simply makes the child hungry to learn more words."
A major component of the Vocabulary Builder Approach is quizzing the kids on the words they are learning. The Retsnom Website will have a fun and interactive learning area where the kids can take a quiz to see if they are learning the words in the books. Upon passing the test they will receive a "Certificate of Completion" with their name on it and it will be signed by Retsnom. As the series continues, we will add quizzes for the new words in the new books.
Added Fun Features
Hidden in the illustrations and the text will be clues and keys to deciphering secret messages from Retsnom. Finding them will be half of the fun and deciphering them the other half. This will entertain readers and challenge them to look beyond the story to find the clues and to figure out Retsnom's secret messages. Kids figuring out the secret messages will be able to log on to the Retsnom website and become an official member of Retsnom's "Scary Monster Society". Upon acceptance into the Scary Monster Society, members will receive an official Certificate of Membership signed by Retsnom!!! Let the fun begin!!!
The inside cover of Retsnom will also feature a poem from Mr. Acey's collection of poetry. Mr. Acey will feature one of his poems in all of the books in the Retsnom Series. The poem to be featured in Retsnom is titled "All the Same Stuff". It happens to fit in perfectly with the story.
Story Building and Depth
Retsnom will also contain a character biography and information section for the characters in Book One, as well as some of the characters that will be introduced in later volumes. Retsnom will be a 32 page hardcover (although we keep adding). The pages will be a full 13 1/2" x 16" in full color on gloss paper with no split page. Printing the book this way will cost more, but it will be much more fun to look at and read, as you won't lose any of the illustrations due to the pages being split down the middle like a traditional book.
The picture below is an example of the second stage of Mr. Wren's illustrating process. After the rough sketch, he completes a final sketch and then fills in the color with oil paints. This gives the illustrations great depth and vibrant coloring. The oil painting is then scanned and uploaded to his editing software where the final touches are put on it. This character is Retsnom's Pet, his name is Pickle Toes.
The Coloring Book
We are also printing a coloring book for each book in the series. The coloring books are exact copies of original books without color. It includes every detail, including the text. We thought, "How much fun would it be for a child to color an exact copy of the book. Not only will they get to color the book however they see fit, but they can then read from a copy that they helped to create."
The coloring book will also feature full 13 1/2" x 16" pages with no split down the middle. The paper will be a true white rather than the traditional off-white like most coloring books.
This is an Example of a Final Draft after Editing:
A Few of the Characters:
These characters from left to right are Distorto, Slim, Vinny Von Vin Va VaVoo and Ungin. You can see Slim and Vinny Von Vin Va VaVoo in the illustration above.
How You Can Help with Retsnom
We are raising funds to complete the Website and to Print the First Edition of Retsnom and the Retsnom Coloring Book. Due to the large size of the books, it is not a normal everyday job for the printers, so there is a lot of custom setup involved which makes the cost to print Retsnom and the Retsnom Coloring Book much higher than that of a regular sized book. However, we want to provide the world with something unique and different without sacrificing quality or presentation, so Retsnom, a book about a tiny monster, is going to be very large with full color glossy pictures that blow your mind.
Mr. Acey has dazzled his friends and family for years with his steady flow of stories, poetry and music. Mr. Acey's friends and family have repeatedly (and independently) given him the nickname "Michael Suess" because of his vast imagination and the ways in which he uses words, rhythm and rhyme to make his stories and the characters come alive in the minds of his readers. Now his writings are going to be shared with the rest of the world beginning with Retsnom.
The imagery that Mr. Acey achieves with his use of words is brought to life in an even more unparalleled way with the brilliant illustrations of Mr. Wren, who like Mr. Acey, has been dazzling friends and family for years with his art. This is a partnership of two great talents who are sure to catch the attention of the world.
If you have children, grandchildren or friends and family with children, Retsnom makes a wonderful gift. Thank you for your consideration in helping us to publish and distribute Retsnom. Please watch the video and if you like the sample Illustrations and the story, please become a backer of this wonderful project.
We are confident that you that you will not be disappointed with the quality of Retsnom and that you will fall in love with the story every time you read it, just as we do.
If you have an idea for a reward that would better suit you or your organization or if you have any questions about Retsnom or an existing reward, please contact us at: Retsnom@RetsnomBook.com We are open to any suggestions or opportunities.
Here are a few more sketches. The first is the original sketch of the front cover (the final is above).
This is the original Sketch of Retsnom:
A few examples of Mr. Wren's other work:
Here is another sample of Mr. Acey's poetry, he wrote this after a day in the snow with his children: