So begins this charming adventure that introduces us to a colourful cast of strange and silly creatures. Rich illustrations and delightful poems full of wry wit bring to life such confounding beasties as a juggling Millipus, a scatter-brained Two-Headed Mugwump, and more. Bailey Fort’s picture book debut captures the heart and spirit of a host of unique characters with a lyrical cadence that makes it a pleasure to read aloud, for both kids and parents alike.
Welcome to the Bewundering World of Bewilderbeests.
What is The Bewundering World of Bewilderbeests?
The Bewundering World of Bewilderbeests is a charmingly illustrated picture book aimed at kids ages 3–8 that uses fun poems and wordplay to introduce readers to a variety of curiously strange creatures. The odd quirks of the various Bewilderbeests are like little snippets of humanity, reflecting the eccentricities, virtues, and foibles of different people you might meet or already know personally. The book imparts a few lessons while it more generally explores the theme of accepting individuals' differences to embrace—not merely tolerate—the things that make each of us unique, and perhaps even a little bit strange.
The 36-page book will be released in hardcover with beautiful matte finishes, approximately 9.25"x10" in size. Kickstarter backers can also select rewards packages that include a PDF of the ebook, as well as commemorative stickers, mini-bookmarks, greeting cards, and posters.
It has been a long road to publication for The Bewundering World of Bewilderbeests. First conceived as part of an editorial design course, it was recognized with an award from Applied Arts Magazine for editorial design and with RGD Ontario’s Akran Marketing Award for Book design, and appeared in two past issues of Applied Arts Magazine. Since that time, plenty of new content has been added to the book and The Bewundering World of Bewilderbeests was released as a picture e-book in March 2015, available through Amazon, GooglePlay, Kobo, and iBooks. It is finally time to publish the print edition of The Bewundering World of Bewilderbeests—which brings us to this Kickstarter campaign! Please help support the print publication of this book and bring The Bewundering World of Bewilderbeests to life on the page!
Risks and challenges
The book is already completed and formatted for print production, with a printer arranged and high quality finishes selected. With large orders such as this, unforeseen delays in printing and shipping are always a possibility, though I hope to prevent such circumstances and otherwise expect the process to go smoothly. If any complications arise that could delay delivery of rewards in October 2015, I will be sure to provide updates to keep supporters apprised of the project's progress.
The book is planned for official release in November 2015; Kickstarter supporters pledging $20 or more will receive their copies of the book in advance of this date, with rewards packages planned for shipping in October 2015.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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