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A children's book with a magical twist. Point your phone at a page and watch as the book comes to life with 3D animations. Read more

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A children's book with a magical twist. Point your phone at a page and watch as the book comes to life with 3D animations.

Sandy, UT Apps
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About this project

 Experience a hidden world on every page.

We all want our children to love reading.  But, no matter how much kids love books if they see or hear a phone they are instantly distracted.  By combining traditional books with new technology we bring a whole new life to reading-time which will have your kids begging to explore the next page.

Try the demo out below
Try the demo out below

The Book

Goodnight Lad is a story familiar to many parents of children who just won't go to sleep.  In the book, the Logan's parents travel the world in hopes to tire him out.  They travel to fun places like the world of parties and the land of drums.  At first Logan has fun, but as time goes on he gets more and more cranky.  They start to believe all is lost as he begins to terrorize the world... but finally gets tired and goes to bed.

The real magic begins when you pull out your iOS or Android device and point it at the pages of the book.  The book comes to life in a 3D world with exciting animations that appear to pop right out of the book.  It is an amazing experience that will leave your children amazed.  They'll wonder what other hidden worlds exist and where to find them.

Available on iPhone, iPad, and Android
Available on iPhone, iPad, and Android

The book itself is 28 pages long.  With beautiful illustrations and a great rhythm and rhyme.  With your help we can finish the animations for the rest of the book and create a truly immersive experience.

Try it out

To fully experience the magic, you need to try it yourself.  If you have an Android device you can give the demo page a try today.

  • Open the sample page on your computer.  Or print out a copy for an even better experience. 
  • Download the demo app from the Play Store:  https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.givewaygames.goodnight.demo

Funds

The book is completely written and illustrated.  A single page has been animated and is fully functional today.  The funds raised will be used to finish the animations for the rest of the pages as well as print and ship copies the book so everyone can enjoy this bedtime experience.

About the Project

My son Logan struggled when he was really young.  He had acid reflux, allergies to milk products, and wouldn't sleep unless somebody was holding him.  It was a trying time for us, but miraculously we could get him to calm down using either books or technology.

I've always been torn about the technology side of things.  I myself am an App developer so I have a particular love for it, but I also know how easy it can get in the way of children's learning.  I've always wondered how we could stop using technology to waste time and start using it to encourage learning.  That's when I came up the idea to fuse technology and children's books, and the project Goodnight Lad was born.

Below is a view from the phone.  But to really experience the magic of Goodnight Lad you need to try it yourself.  Download the sample page and app and give it a whirl.

Risks and challenges

There are three remaining pieces that need to be completed, the animations for the remaining pages, the printing, and the shipping. I currently have a plan for each of those three with detailed quotes and channels to make it happen. As such I don't foresee any problems fulfilling orders.

That having been said things can and do happen. The biggest risks would be delays due to animations taking longer than expected to finish, or delays due to missed quality standards. In both cases I am fully committed to ensuring the highest quality possible in the shortest amount of time and will personally see to it myself.

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    About $5 USD

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    A postcard of one of the pages from the book, randomly chosen by me. Our heartfelt thanks for your support, and some thankful scribbles from Logan.

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    A recorded "Thank You" from Logan including your first name (or his best attempt at it) posted to YouTube and a postcard of one of the pages from the book.

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    Early Bird Special

    A copy of the book Goodnight Lad, and the ability to download the interactive app for iOS or Android.

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    About $25 USD

    29 backers

    A copy of the book Goodnight Lad, and the ability to download the interactive app for iOS or Android.

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    About $35 USD

    24 backers

    Your name in 3D on the back cover of the book, visible through the app only. A copy of the book and the app.

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    Pledge $75 or more
    About $75 USD

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    Your name printed in the Special Thanks section on the back of the book.

    A copy of the book, the interactive app, and your name visible in 3D on the back cover.

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    Pledge $100 or more
    About $100 USD

    13 backers Limited (7 left of 20)

    A blanket that matches Logan's blankie in the book, custom made by my dear wife Sarah.

    As well as... a copy of the book, the interactive app, your name printed on the back cover and visible in 3D via the app.

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    About $150 USD

    1 backer Limited (9 left of 10)

    A pair of matching pajamas that Logan wears in the book custom tailored to your child's size (8T or smaller), custom made by my dear wife Sarah. As well as... a copy of the book and app, your name printed on the back cover (and in 3D via the app), and blanket that matches Logan's.

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    Pledge $500 or more
    About $500 USD

    0 backers Limited (10 left of 10)

    A copy of every future animated children's book that I produce. As well as... a copy of the book, the interactive app, your name printed on the back cover, and your name in 3D on the back cover visible via the app.

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    Pledge $2,000 or more
    About $2,000 USD

    1 backer Limited (4 left of 5)

    *** A 3D animated model of YOU waving on the back cover visible in the app. ***

    As well as... a copy of the book, the interactive app, your name printed on the back cover, and your name in 3D on the back cover visible via the app.

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Funding period

- (30 days)