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Young Puffin's Wonderfully Grand Mystery is a carousel-bound pop-up book for kids.
Young Puffin's Wonderfully Grand Mystery is a carousel-bound pop-up book for kids.
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Young Puffin's Wonderfully Grand Mystery: A Pop-Up Book!

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I am so excited to present to you Young Puffin's Wonderfully Grand Mystery, a pop-up book for both small and adult-sized kids! 

The book opens 360° and is made up of ten interactive pages. It's up to you whether you want to read it like a traditional book or open all the way and make it a dollhouse. 

So what's the story with Young Puffin?

A mystery is afoot! We follow Young Puffin as he solves the mystery of the missing things. It all starts with a disappearing dinner jacket, but it soon turns out that everyone in the house has lost something! We go from room to room in his Victorian home, and on each page, we meet a different character. As we come closer, step by step, to discovering the culprit, the clues may have been there all along.  

In this Downton Abbey meets Sherlock Holmes children’s mystery, the reader rediscovers the joy of pop-up books while exploring a different time period. 

When we first started this project, everything was hand-made. While taking a bookbinding class, I had stumbled upon carousel books. These gorgeous books are typically layered and open 360 degrees. I knew that I wanted to make one. I also liked the idea of the book being a vintage dollhouse, so it seemed natural that each section would become a room. It wasn't easy. It took several engineer friends and many tears to figure out the lengths of each section so that they opened perfectly.  

For my first copy of the book, every layer you see was hand cut and glued or stitched together by hand. The book was divided into two volumes because traditional carousel books (also known as star books) can only have five or six sections. Each book set took at least a week to make. It wasn't feasible and the cost meant that they were collector's items rather than something everyone could enjoy.  

Fast-forward two years later, and I am working as a designer for a paper goods company, still dreaming of publishing my book. Mike and I came very close to finding an agent, but it just wasn't the right fit. The project is too unique and too complicated. Finally, we decided to take the plunge and do it ourselves.  

That's where Kickstarter comes into play. The biggest barrier to self-publishing, especially a pop-up book, is the initial investment. You have to buy a minimum order quantity (in this case 500 books). That's why the support we have received thus far has been crucial to getting us here. It's amazing to see people's eyes light up as they open the book and start playing with it. We know you will enjoy it as well! 

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For those of you new to Kickstarter, you will receive a survey once the campaign has successfully ended. There you can indicate your greeting card choices, personal message, etc., depending on your reward level. Also keep an eye out for updates. 

I get this question every once in a while. Black and white is unusual in the world of children's books where everything is colorful and flashy. When Mike and I started this project, we wanted it to have a vintage Victorian feel and film noir look. Pair that with pop-up books having a nostalgic feel, and we hoped it would be an opportunity to slow down and enjoy something old-school. We've had several dozen children read it; between the fascinating structure of the layered pages and the engaging cartoons, kids are never the ones asking for color!  

Making a pop-up book is hard. After emailing dozens of vendors, we finally found the one. Finding the right supplier is worse than dating.  

I sent the printers a handmade copy of the book. Then I took each individual layer and created a cut file to go with it and - voila! - they sent back a blank dummy book. 

It looked pretty neat but there were still a few tweaks to be made. A few months later and at long last the printed sample arrived. To be honest, it looked better than the handmade original. There is only so much you can do with a tiny electronic cutter and an X-Acto knife (and ailing fingers!).  

That was it. We took a deep breath and placed a deposit on the books.

Manufacturing and shipping! We have covered the cost for samples and production described in the previous section, along with a deposit to the factories. This Kickstarter will go entirely towards paying for the order. This has been a labor of love, and we haven't paid ourselves a cent. Your support helps bring a shipment of books stateside so that we can start trying to really share this with the world.  

Help get the word out!

Even if you don't pledge it will help immensely if you share this page on social media. Thank you for all of your support so far - we can't wait to see where this takes us!

Risks and challenges

We have been working on this project for three years and facing the challenges that come with self-publishing. Fortunately, that means that the project is in a very good position. All of the manufacturers have been found. We have good relationships with the factories and have received quotes along with samples. The deposit for the Young Puffin pop-up book has already been paid.

We've done the hard part, now it comes down to funding. Self-publishing, while advantageous in some ways (getting to make such a unique project, for one!) is also challenging in others. Namely that there is a high initial production cost. That's why your support for this Kickstarter is so important.

Right now the plan is to make a first edition run of 500 books. We also plan on ordering 150 plushies. Both vendors have been amazing so far, exceeding our expectations as far as samples were concerned. We should have everything in our hands around May. The August estimate is very conservative (we all have day jobs that keep us busy), but we'll keep you posted through Kickstarter updates. If everything arrives and is ready to ship earlier, then we will make that happen.

Thank you for your support!

Sincerely,

Yekaterina

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    Be Our Guest

    Sincerest gratitude! Every pledge counts and to show our appreciation, we'll be providing you with a pack of social-media ready avatars and cover images featuring the entire cast of "Young Puffin's Wonderfully Grand Mystery."

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    Drinks in the Grand Foyer

    The masters of the house appreciate your support, no matter the level. At this affordable level we’ve included an interactive e-book, complete with a very dignified, super-serious read-along!

    To enjoy full interactivity, read it in iBooks or Kobo Reads. If you don't have either program, no worries, you can still read a flat version of the book in other apps.

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    The Main Event

    This is it- what you came for. The beautiful, hard-cover, first edition pop-up book, in all its wonderfully-grand, mysterious glory. Each copy comes signed and numbered by the artists.

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    The Second Course

    Of course, you want the book. But maybe you want a little bit extra, too? We totally understand. To help you spread your joy of our mystery-most-fowl, we’ve included all the previous rewards as well as two greeting cards of your choice featuring our cast members and more terrible bird puns.

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    The Family Heirlooms

    Along with all of the awesome previous rewards, you will receive two wooden charms with the characters of your choice. These cute little charms have a vintage vibe that we love. Made from dark wood and coated in a thin, protective layer of resin, they come ready to hang on your purse, phone, key ring, or wherever you choose. You also have the option of wearing the charms as classy necklaces. Let us know your preference in the survey and we'll make sure you receive the right hardware. Charm options include: A cameo of Young Puffin, Squeaky the Maid, Grandma, the Butler, or the Monster. There is also an alternative Young Puffin charm that is a full body Young Puffin with a magnifying glass.

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    The Guest Of Honor

    It's the cutest thing ever! At this level, you will receive an adorable plushie to cuddle with while reading the book. We love him, our dog wants to steal him, and our friends secretly want him more than the book. We know you really want the plushie, but you'll get the book too and all previous rewards.

    The Young Puffin plushie is adorably soft and perfect cuddling density. He features the signature houndstooth “Holmes” hat and a strap for holding his handy-dandy magnifying glass (available at a higher level).

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    Belle of the Ball

    "Young Puffin's Wonderfull Grand Mystery" is a really unique gift and we know you want it to be personalized as well. If you want the book to be addressed to your little one, this is the reward level for you. Along with all the other rewards, you will receive a hand-made, personalized slipcase with the book. The slipcase protects an already hearty book on your shelf and features a vintage, Victorian-style frame with a message inside to your loved one (or just to commemorate the occasion). The message can be up to 100 characters. You also have the choice of the authors signing the slipcase (with a handwritten message) in addition to the signature on the book. We appreciate your support and because you're so awesome, you will receive not two but four wooden charms and four greeting cards of your choice.

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    Lord/Lady of the Manor

    You've got it all, all the wonders one could wish for. At this level you get the complete set. The social media avatars, the interactive e-book, EVERY wooden charm, EVERY greeting card, the pop-up book with signed, personalized slipcase, the plushie, and we include a real, functional magnifying glass! Slip it into Young Puffin's handy-dandy strap and use it to look for clues!

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    Most Wonderfully Grand Excellency

    Do you also want to be a Victorian character, or maybe you have a pet that would look dapper in a waistcoat? Are you envious of our characters' beautifully rendered images or want to imagine yourself as the Lord of the Manor? At this reward level, you can send us a photo, and we will transform it into Young Puffin's best friend. You will get your very own greeting card (supply your own text, or we'll provide!). You will also have your very own wood charm, and your character will be featured on the slipcase you receive. You will also get the original drawing, matted, framed, and ready to hang in your study for all your most fanciful guests to see!

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    • Adorable Young Puffin Plushie with Magnifying Glass
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