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A fun book of sayings and expressions from across the globe, featuring cats, dogs, dancing and frogs.
A fun book of sayings and expressions from across the globe, featuring cats, dogs, dancing and frogs.
A fun book of sayings and expressions from across the globe, featuring cats, dogs, dancing and frogs.
192 backers pledged £5,319 to help bring this project to life.

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This project is 100% funded! So now we're adding some extra rewards to keep all this good enthusiasm going.

£4,000 (REACHED!) - A nice bookmark for you! All physical rewards will get one of these so you can keep track of where you were!
£5,000 (REACHED!) - A vinyl sticker sheet covered in lovely worlds will be included in all bundles from £25 up
£7,000 - All copies of A World of Wisdom will be printed in hardback! 
£9,000 - Two extra art print postcards and a bonus stickers to be added to all bundles from £30 and up.
£11,000 - An embroidered patch will be included in all physical rewards too (design to be confirmed)
£13,000 - Access to an extra digital download featuring 43 full page illustrations of sayings that didn't quite make it into the final book for one reason or another (some I wasn't happy with, others didn't fit the flow of the book, but they're all very good fun!)
£15,000 - An 48 page A5 notebook (unlined) will be added to all £35 bundles. I've not designed the cover yet, but it'll be something especially stylish to take notes in!

 A World of Wisdom is an illustrated collection of sayings and expressions from around the world, comparing the ways different countries and cultures interpret the same ideas. 

On a wet day, you might think "it's raining cats and dogs", but the rest of world has some different ideas on what's falling from the sky.

This book looks at equivalents to common ideas like "too many cooks spoil the broth" and getting stuck "between a rock and a hard place", as well as unique sayings about cats, beards, dancing, books, food, family, love and much much more. A pdf preview of the book itself is available here so you can see what it'll kind of look like!

With over 330 illustrated phrases from Vietnam to Venezuela, it's a one stop shop for all the phrases you might ever need!

It'll be printed as a hefty 216 page book, with full colour illustrations on every page and fun facts about where the phrases have come from. I've been working on it for about 2 years now and it's finally ready to be printed, I just need to raise some money to cover the initial costs - and that's where you come in!

Support the project and you can get the first copies made available, as well as all these rewards.

A World of Wisdom, the book!

The first copies of this book will go to you, the supporters, as a big thank you for helping to get it made, along with some other nice rewards planned for stretch goals. A PDF version is also available, with all the same content.

A mock-up of what could be arriving at your door
A mock-up of what could be arriving at your door

Postcards and Stickers

A set of prints perfect for sending or displaying, featuring three pattern designs from within the book.

As well as some vinyl stickers to stick wherever you fancy. They're as inspirational as a sticker can be.

 Tote Bag 

A screenprinted tote bag with the Spanish phrase "the world is your canvas" to carry your shopping all over the world!

Enamel Pin 

A 30mm hard enamel pin of the world! Perfect for any lapel, very stylish yes yes yes.

An extra pin badge is available too for pledges of £60 and over, inspired by the Chinese saying "a good book is a good friend"

When Frogs Grow Hair 

When Frogs Grow Hair (an extra book!) is a comic book with a similar theme to A World of Wisdom, featuring 26 exciting international equivalents to the phrase "when pigs fly" to be used in unlikely situations (starring cats, fish, cows and unicorns). The perfect companion book!

Original artwork

3 fancy worlds, "plenty more fish in the sea," "birds of a feather flock together," and a lovely dog pile
3 fancy worlds, "plenty more fish in the sea," "birds of a feather flock together," and a lovely dog pile

There are 6 of my POSCA paintings up for grabs too. I never normally sell original work, so this is a special chance to get something one of a kind! (Roughly 7x5 inches in size)

Portrait 

I'll draw you and your family/friends (up to 4 of you in total) as a personal portrait, and send you the digital file as well as a print

Starring Role 

I'll redraw a character in the book to be YOU! You (or someone of your choosing) can star in one of the phrases and be in all prints of the book. I'll get in touch to check what kinds of things you're a fan of so we can find the perfect phrase to embody.

The bulk of this money will go on the printing cost, with the rest going on some of the rewards and postage. I've fulfilled a successful Kickstarter before so I'm experienced at this budgeting process and I'm doing everything in my power to keep the costs down for you, the supporters.

I'm a freelance artist, living in Manchester, England. I ran a Kickstarter back in 2015 that went so well it helped fund the work on this book right here. 
I've been illustrating this kind of thing for a long time, it's a real passion of mine. I'm obsessed with the way opposite corners of the world look at the same concepts, (phrases, sounds, film titles etc.) in completely unique ways, and it gives me a great opportunity to draw such fun illustrations. For more information on my other work, please visit www.soundimals.com

Risks and challenges

Through a Kickstarter a ran a few years ago, I distributed over 700 rewards and everything went very smoothly, so I've been through it all before. This time around I'm continuing to make every effort to keep any risk to the backers to an absolute minimum. The book is finished and ready to print and all the other rewards are all designed and ready to go into production as soon as the funding is fulfilled, so there's no risk there. I've not used this specific book printing service before but they come highly recommended from other self-published authors and can capably handle everything I've asked for, so I'm confident they can deliver.

All this preparation combined with a realistic target for shipping the final product means everything should be running like clockwork!

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    Pledge £6 or more About $8

    Digital Wisdom

    A World of Wisdom PDF digital download, and my eternal thanks!

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    A Book of Wisdom

    The real deal! A book for your hands to hold.

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    • A World of Wisdom (Physical Copy)
    • Digital Download
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    Personalised Wisdom

    A personal sketch in the cover of your book, whatever you like!

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    • A World of Wisdom (Physical Copy, with personal sketch)
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    Artistic Wisdom

    3 art print postcards (148x148mm) with patterns from the book, along with 3 vinyl stickers showcasing a few choice phrases too.

    Includes:
    • A World of Wisdom (Physical Copy, with personal sketch)
    • 3 Postcards
    • 3 Vinyl Stickers
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    Stylish Wisdom

    A hard enamel pin badge, designed for this Kickstarter campaign, featuring a very stylish version of the world

    Includes:
    • Enamel Pin Badge (World Design)
    • A World of Wisdom (Physical Copy, with personal sketch)
    • 3 Postcards
    • 3 Vinyl Stickers
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    Froggy Wisdom

    An extra book called 'When Frogs Grow Hair' featuring 26 international alternatives to the phrase "When Pigs Fly", a nice companion piece to A World Of Wisdom

    Includes:
    • When Frogs Grow Hair (Extra Book)
    • A World of Wisdom (Physical Copy, with personal sketch)
    • 3 Postcards
    • 3 Vinyl Stickers
    • Digital Download
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    Pledge £40 or more About $52

    A Bag of Wisdom

    A very useful tote bag with a design based on the phrase "The world is your canvas" screen-printed on the side.

    Includes:
    • "The world is your canvas" Tote Bag
    • A World of Wisdom (Physical Copy, with personal sketch)
    • 3 Postcards
    • 3 Vinyl Stickers
    • Digital Download
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    All the Wisdom

    All the previous rewards in a single bundle, along with an extra pin badge bonus.

    Includes:
    • A World of Wisdom (Physical Copy, with personal sketch)
    • When Frogs Grow Hair (Extra Book)
    • Enamel Pin Badge (World Design)
    • Bonus Enamel Pin Badge ("A Good Book is a Good Friend")
    • "The world is your canvas" Tote Bag
    • 3 Postcards
    • 3 Vinyl Stickers
    • Digital Download
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    Unique Bundle

    A unique POSCA painting, along with all the previous rewards. You choose the painting you want, but they're selected on a first-come-first-served basis

    Includes:
    • One-of-a-Kind Painting (7x5 inches)
    • A World of Wisdom (Physical Copy, with personal sketch)
    • When Frogs Grow Hair (Extra Book)
    • Enamel Pin Badge (World Design)
    • Bonus Enamel Pin Badge ("A Good Book is a Good Friend")
    • "The world is your canvas" Tote Bag
    • 3 Postcards
    • 3 Vinyl Stickers
    • Digital Download
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    Portrait Bundle

    A personalised portrait of you! And up to 3 other people! Supplied as a digital file and an A4 print. Along with the All The Wisdom rewards bundle items.

    Includes:
    • Personal Portrait Commission Print
    • A World of Wisdom (Physical Copy, with personal sketch)
    • When Frogs Grow Hair (Extra Book)
    • Enamel Pin Badge (World Design)
    • Bonus Enamel Pin Badge ("A Good Book is a Good Friend")
    • "The world is your canvas" Tote Bag
    • 3 Postcards
    • 3 Vinyl Stickers
    • Digital Download
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    A Starring Role

    Be a part of the book itself by getting illustrated into a phrase! This picture will be printed in all copies of the book, and you'll receive a physical print of the illustration as well. Along with the All The Wisdom rewards bundle items.

    Includes:
    • An illustration of YOU in all copies of the book
    • A World of Wisdom (Physical Copy, with personal sketch)
    • When Frogs Grow Hair (Extra Book)
    • Enamel Pin Badge (World Design)
    • Bonus Enamel Pin Badge ("A Good Book is a Good Friend")
    • "The world is your canvas" Tote Bag
    • 3 Postcards
    • 3 Vinyl Stickers
    • Digital Download
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