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"Hank and Stella in Something from Nothing" follows my kids' real, stuffed-animal friends - Hank the dog and Stella the bunny - as they learn all about improv.
The story begins:
Hank and Stella were really bored, with not a thing to do.
And on this grey and rainy day, they both were feeling blue.
The story continues as Stella excitedly suggests making an improv show, and then teaches Hank a few basic principles of improvisation. Things like:
- How to find and explore ideas
- How to react to accidents and mistakes
- The benefits of diversity
- The importance of practice
The story ends with Hank and Stella inviting the reader to join them in their improv show, and even includes a few fun and simple improv games to help kids get started making improv shows of their own!
The book is written in rhyme and has plenty of bright, fun illustrations to help kids laugh while they learn. And while the book is perfect for improvisers and their kids, it is also an educational and enjoyable way to introduce any child to improvisation.
The book is intended for kids between the ages of 5 and 10. And, depending on the child’s reading level, they might read it alone, or – my kids favorite – have it read to them by an adult.
This book comes from a lot of love. My kids really love Hank and Stella. It doesn’t matter where they are, Hank and Stella are never far. And, like many kids, my kids also love to read books, to play together, and to use their imagination.
And, of course I love my kids!
And, I also love improvisation. I’ve performed improv for over 10 years, and discovered that many of the things I learned and did on stage were also very useful at play and in life. The fundamental skills and concepts of improv can help children develop their imaginations, increase their confidence, and conquer boring, grey, rainy days!
I also discovered that there are very few improv books for kids, and no improv books for kids in storybook form. And so, I wrote and illustrated “Hank and Stella in Something from Nothing” to try and fill that void.
Thus far, I’ve only made a single, hard-cover copy for our family, and we love it! And based on some initial feedback, I think that others might love it, as well.
And so, I'm looking for some support as I make a few final edits and take it to production. All money received will go towards self-publishing costs (additional copies, ISBN, Print-On-Demand, book promo, etc.) and rewards. So, please open your hearts and wallets…and help me bring this book and improv…to kids around the world.
Thank you for your time and consideration!
Risks and challenges
This is a low-risk project. I've already completed and produced version 1 of the book, and only have a few minor edits before publishing the final version to be made public. The only risks are associated with publishing snags.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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