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An illustrated guide to international onomatopoeia, compiling the sounds of eating, sneezing, clapping and many more into a fun book
Pre-order your copy from my shop!
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750 backers pledged £17,595 to help bring this project to life.

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Soundimals: How to Sneeze in Japanese

£17,595

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Thanks, everyone! We reached the target! And now I've added some stretch goals now to keep the ball rolling.

£2,500 REACHED!- I will add a Quiz section to the end of the book! Test your knowledge of international sounds with some extra pages of quiz fun.
£4,000 REACHED! - I'll send a set of four postcards to all backers with shipped rewards! Stick them to your wall, or post them to friends near and far.
£6,000 REACHED! - If you've backed £20 or more, you'll also get an 48 page A6 sketchbook (unlined) with Soundimals themed cover art! Draw your own cute pictures in or make notes maybe, it's up to yoooou
£8,000 REACHED! - I'm adding even more pages with sounds that haven't yet been included! There are a few sounds I've not gotten round to yet (stomach rumbling! farting! hiccups!) but I'm going to draw them up and put them in to make the book even longer. Even better value, yeah!
£10,000 REACHED! - A sheet of temporary tattoos for you to decorate your body with, for backers of £25 or more!
£12,000 REACHED! - I'll send out a set of four 25mm fridge magnets, each with a different sound on, for backers of £35 and up! Perfect for spicing up a regular fridge into an exciting super fridge.
£15,000 REACHED! - This is a good one! I'm include a physical copy of my first book Soundimals for all backers of £20 and up. If you've ever wanted to know how to sound like a bear in Romanian, or a German elephant, this is the book for you.
£17,000 - All reward tiers with shipping get an adorable patch to sew on your jacket/backpack/executive business suit!
£20,000 - I'll print up a mini comic featuring illustrations from my series of Translated TV Show titles! For rewards of £25 and up

And the big one! £25,000 - The Soundimals app!

This is the goal we're aiming for now, an application for children to play with, inspiring a love of language with all these fun sounds! Basically, you tap the animals and it makes the sound, spoken by a native speaker of that language! We've been working on it for a while on and off so we're really looking forward to finishing it off.

Here are some gifs of what we've got so far!

So if we can raise enough money, myself and my good buddy Dan (who is crazy good at computer things) can afford to finish the development, record some voices, and test it on a bunch of devices!
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What is Soundimals?

Soundimals is an illustration project I've been working on for two years. It all started with dogs. I was told that in other languages they don't go "woof", so I asked around and found a crazy variety of fun alternative sounds, which I thought would make a fun illustration.

Each week I choose a new sound, ask some native speakers what they are in their first language and post the artwork online to spread the word.

OK, but why are you doing this Kickstarter???

Last year, I self published a book of international animal sounds to a great public response (5 star reviews from young and old! ☆☆☆☆☆!). Now a follow-up has been written and illustrated, and it's all about the sounds people make (chomp, slurp, cough, burp etc.) in different languages.

It's called How To Sneeze in Japanese, and it's a great book for anyone who likes making funny sounds! If you're looking to develop a love of language, this book offers an entertaining new point of view that school lessons may have overlooked. The silly illustrations make it perfect for kids, and the content itself is really interesting for all ages

The cover of the book!
The cover of the book!

With a real emphasis on diversity, it's the perfect present for young and old, multi-lingual families, and especially for children finding their language lessons a real snooze (maybe they're looking for new sounds to make when they're yawning and snoring in lessons).

This book (A5 sized, 14.8 x 21 cm, softcover) includes new sounds not seen before, and a load of new illustrations!
24 sounds (inc. kissing, eating, screaming, laughing, crying, cheering, stomping, coughing, sniffing, sneezing)
more than 35 languages (inc. French, Italian, German, Arabic, Portuguese, Indonesian, Polish, Slovak, Vietnamese, Hungarian, Finnish, Hindi, Hebrew, Czech and many more)

Sample pages
Sample pages
Sample pages
Sample pages

This is such a fun book and I'm looking forward to sharing it with as many of you as possible.

Rewards

  • The Book The main reward of this campaign is a nice, new, beautifully printed copy of "How to Sneeze in Japanese" to enjoy. 
  • Digital downloads If you can't wait until the physical book is delivered, you can read both books (animal sounds and people sounds) on whatever device you like in pdf format. 
  • Stickers and Badges A set of three 38mm badges, and some vinyl stickers of various sounds to stick on whatever you like. 
Cool cool print print
Cool cool print print
  • Kickstarter Print An A3 print on high quality paper, featuring a selection of the most diverse onomatopoeic sounds across a range of languages
  • Tote Bag A lovely screen-printed tote bag, featuring a selection of animal sounds in different languages, available in one of 3 colours. 
 
  • International Tea and Coffee Mugs Ceramic, microwave-safe mugs with cute designs of tea and coffee in different languages all over them. 
  • Custom Portrait A physical print, and digital portrait of you, or anything of your choosing (but nothing too complicated ok? ok).  
  • A starring role in the book
    This book features a lot of people making a lot of sounds, and you could be one of them! Send me a photo and I'll recreate you as a character in the Soundimals style to live on through every print of this book. (There are ten sounds to choose from, and they're chosen on a first come first served basis, so get in early! I'll contact you soon after the donation)

(There will be a survey at the end of the campaign so you can specify what colour bags and specifically what you might like sketched in your book, so you've got a while to think it over)


Also, if you want to buy in bulk for distribution, there's a reward tier for you. Get your hands on ten copies of How to Sneeze in Japanese, without the other rewards.

Timeline 

The sounds are currently being double-checked, and once the new illustrations are in everything should be good to go. The aim is to start shipping in the middle of October, so these books should definitely be with you before Christmas if all goes to plan.

Video Music by Alex Smith

Risks and challenges

The book is around 90% finished, aside from a few characters that I'm waiting to include (based on some of you hopefully), so production can begin as soon as possible once the campaign is over.

The printers (Comic Printing UK) have been chosen based on their incredible reputation in the independent book community, so high quality can be ensured on the final product.

Shipping all of these books/prints/bags/mugs isn't easy, but I've been running my own online shop for a few years now and it's definitely something I can handle with a few trips to the post office.

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    TWO BOOKS (.pdf)
    You get the original Soundimals book (Animal Sounds) and the new edition "How to Sneeze in Japanese" as digital download.

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    THE BOOK
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    THE BOOK - SIGNED AND SKETCHED

    You get a physical copy of "How to Sneeze in Japanese" as well as the digital downloads, except this time I'll draw in the cover too (if you want something specific just let me know)

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    THE STICKER/BADGE BUNDLE

    - Physical copy of the book (signed and sketched)
    - A set of stickers
    - A set of badges
    - Digital downloads

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    THE TOTE BAG BUNDLE

    - Physical copy of the book (signed and sketched)
    - Animal sounds Tote Bag
    - A set of stickers
    - A set of badges
    - Digital downloads

    A physical book for your hands, and a tote bag to carry it in, along with your cool new stickers and badges!

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    THE PRINT BUNDLE

    - Physical copy of the book (signed and sketched)
    - Exclusive Kickstarter Print
    - A set of stickers
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    A physical book for your hands, and a lovely print, featuring 30 fun sounds, to look at while you're turning the pages.

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    THE MUG BUNDLE

    - Physical copy of the book (signed and sketched)
    - Two mugs! (Tea and Coffee)
    - A set of stickers
    - A set of badges
    - Digital downloads

    A book to read, and two new mugs to keep you hydrated for longer while you're reading. Smart move.

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    BULK ORDER

    - Ten copies of Soundimals (signed)

    If you sell books in a shop, or you have ten children and you don't want them to fight over one copy, this is the reward tier for you.

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    THE EVERYTHING BUNDLE

    - Physical copy of the book (signed and sketched)
    - Two mugs (Tea and Coffee)
    - Tote Bag of animal sounds
    - Exclusive Kickstarter Print
    - A set of stickers
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    THE CUSTOM DELUXE

    - Physical copy of the book (signed and sketched)
    - Two mugs (Tea and Coffee)
    - Tote Bag of animal sounds
    - Exclusive Kickstarter Print
    - A set of stickers
    - A set of badges
    - Digital downloads
    - Personal portrait print

    Send me a photo of yourself/a loved one/a pet/celebrity and I will lovingly recreate them in my style as a print and digital file for your enjoyment!

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    THE STARRING ROLE

    - Physical copy of the book (signed and sketched)
    - Two mugs (Tea and Coffee)
    - Tote Bag of animal sounds
    - Exclusive Kickstarter Print
    - A set of stickers
    - A set of badges
    - Digital downloads
    - You can be in the book!

    I will draw you as a character in the book, making a fun sound, and your likeness will live on for all eternity.

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