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S. K. C.By S. K. C.
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S. K. C.By S. K. C.
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About

Two Stories. One Publisher.

*** We are going to match donations!  For every $25 given in support of this fund raiser, we will also donate a book to a child in need if the fundraiser is successful!  So even buying a book for yourself, helps a child in need, and buying for a child in need helps towards us donating another one as well!  Let's see if we can reach 1,000 books for children in need!  Please see updates! ****

Charlie and the Hot Air Balloon

Written by Nerris Nassiri and illustrated by Jessica White

(Sample Artwork by Jessica White)
(Sample Artwork by Jessica White)
(rough draft sketches)
(rough draft sketches)

Charlie and the Hot Air Balloon is about a little boy who has been told that his mother has "gone to live in the stars".

More than anything, he wants to go find her.

"He was in the library when he read about hot air balloons for the first time." - Charlie and the Hot Air Balloon

"Okay I am actually crying. Like fully ugly crying Well done It’s beautiful When I have recovered I will try and see if I can offer anything more constructive than this" - Editor, upon reading Charlie and the Hot Air Balloon for the first time.

Written by Nerris Nassiri and illustrated by Jessica Frazier, Charlie and the Hot Air Balloon tells the story of a young orphan boy, and his experiences of loss and love. This book is also scheduled to be adapted into a short film in late 2019, to help spread awareness for A Belletristic Wander - all backers will have a special thanks in the credits of the movie!

About The Author

Nerris Nassiri is an award winning storyteller and has been a filmmaker, advocate, and Disney Imagineer. He loves exploring different methods of storytelling through the eyes of children.

Screenshot of Nassiri's latest film, Charlie and the Baker
Screenshot of Nassiri's latest film, Charlie and the Baker
                      

Rumtum The Sailor

Written by Kyle Duffy and illustrated by Mary Manning

"I have always loved a good rhyme. And sadly, there aren’t very many children’s books written in good rhyme. Along with my love of children’s books, I have also become rather picky about them. When I came across Kyle Duffy’s rollicking poetry, with hilarious twists and turns in it, I felt like I had found gold! Actually better than gold. What is gold compared to a good book? I have lots of kids (understatement) and so have been reading Dr. Seuss, Eric Carle, Sandra Boynton, etc. to my youngest ones almost every night for close to two decades straight. There is little that excites me more than when we get another book that entertains that very very young crowd. Like some people wait for the Super Bowl, I wait for Mo Willem’s next release. To have found another author like them. Let’s just say it is worth trying to raise $18,000 to start this publishing company, just to be able to have another truly great rhyming book for the very young when I want to snuggle up with my 3 year old and read." - interview with S.K.C., by Bits and Books

Written by Kyle Duffy and illustrated by Mary Manning, Rumtum the Sailor is a larger than life story of a father who is determined to keep his promise and get home to his family, before supper. It is also the story of "Stow-a-way" a mischievous octopus that shares all of Rumtum's adventures, without Rumtum ever even knowing he is there!

Beneath the humor and rollicking rhyme of this book, the core feelings of love for his family and the taste of fantasy as he accomplishes the impossible, will touch the heart of the reader.

"The thing I love about Mary Manning's artwork is that she is not scared of pushing reality.. if you browse her amazing pictures, you will see her stretching the limits of imagination. This is just what Kyle Duffy does with his rhymes, and so when he too fell in love with her artwork, it was a perfect match. His rhymes appeal to even the very young, and the brightness of Mary Manning’s pictures is going to be so good in a picture book coupled with Kyle Duffy’s rollicking rhymes!" - interview with S.K.C. by Bits and Books

"Beverly's Bird" by Mary Manning
"Beverly's Bird" by Mary Manning
"The Bon-Bon Tree" by Mary Manning
"The Bon-Bon Tree" by Mary Manning
"The Way Home" by Mary Manning
"The Way Home" by Mary Manning
    

Mary Manning's Illustrations

(excerpts from an interview with S.K.C. by Bits and Books.)

"I think I first fell in love with her artwork when I saw her piece 'The Cheesemaker'."

"The Cheesemaker" by Mary Manning
"The Cheesemaker" by Mary Manning

 "Her art has such a real feel to it, the authenticity."

"She draws what is in such a way that we realize that it is the less than glamorous aspects of her characters, that we relate to and truly love."  

"Sisters" by Mary Manning
"Sisters" by Mary Manning

"She so perfectly captures that emotion of truly knowing each other, all the flaws and the good and the bad, way deep down inside, all the hardships and less than perfect moments, just loving all of each other."

"She has made Rumtum so real, so easy to relate to, and at the same time making us feel better for our uniqueness. But she has also added her touch of whimsy, that is so tantalizing to the imagination."

"Rumtum the Sailor" by Mary Manning
"Rumtum the Sailor" by Mary Manning

About The Author

Kyle Duffy

What do you do when your daughter loves nursery rhymes, but you are sick of reading the traditional ones over and over again? Write your own, of course! Kyle Duffy is an author who has written countless rhymes that are perfect for children of all ages!

Kyle and his Daughter
Kyle and his Daughter

About The Publisher

 "Belletristic" is a word used to describe literature that's driving force is the beauty of the writing itself. Having read tens of thousands of books to my children, I have fallen in love with those that elicit deep emotions, those that touched our hearts and brought tears to our eyes, those that made us laugh so hard, they also brought tears to our eyes. I want to bring the world more of these books starting with Rumtum the Sailor and Charlie and the Hot Air Balloon.  After editing hundreds of manuscripts and realizing from the high recommendation even well published authors have given me, I realized I posses a talent for not only spotting especially exceptional books, but for being able to polish them until they are even better. I realized not only that I could help contribute to there being more wonderful picture books in the world, but that I was needed. This foundation will help create the first 1,000 copies of two short stories helping make it possible for children everywhere to enjoy the wonderful power of these books!

Short Film Adaptation

In addition to these two books, the author is developing the screenplay for a short film adaptation of Charlie and the Hot Air Balloon, which will screen at several international film festivals and online. This movie adaptation will be under the Belletristic Wanderer publishing company, which you're helping to back! All Kickstarter backers will have their names listed in special thanks of the film's credits, and top contributors will get their very own IMDb page and Producer credit!

The Costs of Publishing

The cost to get this startup off the ground will be roughly $18,000. 100% of this money will go straight towards the publishing and marketing of the initial two stories. 

Risks and challenges

Publishing 1,000 copies of books is no small tasks! Luckily, our team is comprised of a wide variety of reviewers, editors, and creatives across the country.

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Funding period

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