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Little Boo: What Will You Do? is a much needed, updated ABC picture book of career options for children of all ages in today's world.
81 backers pledged $6,197 to help bring this project to life.

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An ABC picture book offering a fresh, new world of possibilities for children today

(Please check the 'Updates' link above the video for additional artwork samples from the book and new reward offerings)

About a year and a half ago, I received a text message from my sister-in-law that included a picture of my niece Avery. In the picture, Avery had a pacifier in her mouth and was posed in the traditional 'baby squat' position that I love.

The picture that started it all.
The picture that started it all.

In response to the picture, I created a quick graphic rendition of the image using Adobe Illustrator. During the illustration process, a slight mistake transformed the initial 'baby squat' into a pose resembling a basketball player dribbling between the legs. Shortly after this realization, I created another illustration of my niece as a basketball player. Following that, I decided to create an illustration of Avery as a disc jockey. Then, the  idea for an updated ABC career picture book developed into an obsessive series of illustrations. After all of the characters were illustrated, I wanted to create unique settings that would allow me to incorporate my backgrounds as a traditional and graphic artist . Here are a few samples of the finished product (minus text).

Astronaut
Astronaut
Basketball Player
Basketball Player
Chef
Chef
President (Updated 7/15/13)
President (Updated 7/15/13)

The next logical step for this project was deciding on a name for the character. After long consideration, I decided on the name 'Little Boo'. Little Boo, the nickname given to Avery, seemed to be a perfect fit for the character due to the endearing quality and innocence it personified. The name also gives the character more universal appeal and broader reach than a specific person's name.

Education and graphic illustration are both deep passions of mine. With countless hours spent on this book, I want to give children of all ages a well-illustrated picture book that exposes them to many non-traditional career options. It is my hope that children are able to imagine freely and have their immense dreams nurtured as they flip through this book. I am a firm believer in doing what I am passionate about and enjoy, and I think this belief is often ignored or overshadowed by many external factors in various cultures and society. Although Little Boo is the main character, the possibilities and voice of this book can be realized by all children, including your own little boo or two. Although things will never be perfect, opportunities amongst genders and ethnicities are improving each day.

Through Kickstarter, I hope to obtain the funds to self-publish 1,500 hardcover (8.5" X 8.5") copies of Little Boo: What Will You Do?, purchase an ISBN, create and ship all of the rewards for this proposal, and cover all of the distribution costs of this book.

At this moment, I have 100% of the illustrations completed for this project (A to Z) and am currently adding text to each page. I have already received quotes from all of my vendors along with shipping timelines. All I need now is your support, generosity, and word-of-mouth to help these illustrations come to life on bookshelves all over the world.

Thank you for taking the time to review my proposal, and I hope you enjoy my book as much as I enjoyed producing it. 

Risks and challenges

Self-publishing comes with many inherent risks such as order forecasting, production, and shipping delays. To keep the costs down, I will be using a printing company with a 2.5 month lead time, and the possibility of delays could arise. In addition to obstacles from vendors, possible setbacks on my behalf may include filling a large quantity (a good problem to have) of rewards once my project is funded, facing rejection from publishers, and extended time needed to create custom books for backers in the $500 + level.

Whatever the obstacle, rest assure that I will keep you up to date along every step of the way and will do everything in my power to remedy the situation!

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    You are Appreciated Level: Receive a handwritten thank you card (letterpress) sporting an original Little Boo design via first class mail.

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    Getting 'On Board with Little Boo" Level: In addition to the hand written card, you will receive an 'On Board with Little Boo" car/window hang tag with suction cup OR a Little Boo t-shirt.

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    Let's Get Physical Level: Receive a hardcover copy of the book in addition to the rewards listed at all previous reward levels.

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    Twice as Nice Level: In addition to the rewards at the $25 level, receive a second copy of the book.

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    Sharing is Caring Level: Receive all of the rewards at the $50 reward level, plus an additional hardcover copy of the book and an original Little Boo tote (screen printed). If desired, I will also split the shipment to one additional address.

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    New option for 100+ level: Receive 3 hard cover copies of Little Boo: What Will You Do? and one sports grey hooded sweatshirt (Available in youth sizes S-XL and adult sizes S-5XL). ***Please note, if you pledge/pledged $100+ before 11:59 pm PST on 7/17/13, you will be receiving this hooded sweatshirt in addition to the screen printed tote. No further action will be required on your behalf.

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    I Heart Little Boo Level: In addition to the rewards listed at the $100 level, you will receive two additional copies of the book (quantity of 5 in total, I will also sign as many of these as you would like), an additional tote (2 total), an additional hang tag with suction cup (2 total), and a limited 18" X 24" "Little Boo for Publication 2013" poster.

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    Little Boo Merchandise Hoarder Level: You will receive all of the following items:
    1) 8 hardcover copies of the book (Signed/Unsigned)
    2) A handwritten thank you card (letter press)
    3) 4 tote bags (screen printed)
    4) One limited 18" X 24" "Little Boo for Publication 2013" poster
    5) One limited 18" X 24" "A to Z Artwork" poster
    6) ***A custom copy of Little Boo: What Will You Do? (***Replace one of the pages listed in my original book with a suggestion of your own (as long as it is child-friendly). Based on your suggestion, I will create a custom Little Boo page with the occupation of your choice and send you a one-of-a-kind Little Boo book. Note that this custom book will not include an ISBN due to its unique nature.)

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Funding period

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