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There are tiny people living right here in our big world. And here's our book to prove it.
There are tiny people living right here in our big world. And here's our book to prove it.
199 backers pledged $12,327 to help bring this project to life.

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Welcome to the Small World: A Book of BIG Surprises!

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Inspiration 

One summer afternoon, Kurt emailed me a photograph. It featured two miniature HO scale railroad figurines posed next to a huge june bug. He simply wrote: "Here's what I want to do with the rest of my summer."

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

That lush, mossy backdrop alongside a creepy bug made the kid in me light up. My reply was just as short: “OMG. THIS HAS TO BE A KIDS BOOK!”

And Welcome to the Small World was born.

Want to read more about the collaboration and our experience? Read our bio here>>  

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The Book

Welcome to the Small World, A Book of Big Surprises is a compilation of vignettes capturing these hardworking and adventuresome minis at work, at play, and in a variety of surprising situations. From trying to milk a giant cow at the farm, to selling balloons at the fair, to running from a giant squid, these minis guide us along a delightful tour of their small world, which is really our own!

A spread from the book
A spread from the book

We wrote this book with 4- to 8-year-old kids in mind, and so far all of our audience testing indicates the magical imagery and imaginative stories are shockingly good fun. And like most things that fill kids with awe and wonder, it has big appeal with adults too.

The book is almost complete, but we’re still working on a final cover design. Back our project at any level and you’ll have the exclusive opportunity to decide which cover makes the cut!

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The Collaboration

Soon after sending those first images in 2010, Kurt launched into the world of the minis and titled his project, Un Petit Monde (A Small World in french). Since then, he has enchanted readers through coverage on:

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Please help us reach our goal

All photos have been shot and selected, the stories are written and the book is 90% designed and ready to go -- all we need to do is publish it. You can help!

If our project is fully funded, we will be able to print the first run of books, which includes all the reward copies and more to sell at local bookstores and boutiques.

Please help us put this quirky book into print! If you do, you'll get some great rewards -- just look to your right. 

**Please note: some rewards include your very own mini. Due to their impishly little size, mini's can pose a choking hazard with children, so please back these reward levels at your own risk.**

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Put our book under your tree

We won't have the books printed in time for the holidays. However, we will supply a gift card. Once the project is fully funded, we will unlock a variety of downloadable and printable holiday cards featuring our tenacious minis. The card will let your kid, friend, loved one or cousin know that their premium quality book is on the way – and that their holiday gift helped fund a whole lot of awesomeness. Then we'll deliver the book straight to you when it's complete.

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STRETCH GOALS (updated 12.1.13)
We've been able to raise our initial funding goal in 12 days. Thank you! For new – and past – backers wondering what we will do with any extra money raised, here’s what we’re planning:
FIRST STRETCH GOAL: $12,000

  • Everyone who has backed at this point will receive a free eBook version of Welcome to the Small World! From this point forward, we will offer this as a pledgable reward for $15.
  • We’ll also be able to increase our initial print run from 350 to 500. These extra copies (over and above the reward copies and copies for local small retailers) will make it plausible for us to offer our book for purchase on Amazon and other online booksellers.

SECOND STRETCH GOAL: $17,000  

  • We will be able to add more pages (which means more pictures of minis!) to the book. It is likely we’d increase from the original 44 pages up to 52 pages.
  • And at this point, we'll be on a much bigger adventure! So we will hire an experienced publishing/marketing consultant who will focus on extending our reach through the publishing world.

If you have any questions or comments about the goals or the project overall, don’t be shy – send me an email through the “Contact Me” link (on the right under my profile picture) OR post a comment through the Comments tab. If you have a question, it’s likely someone else has the same one. So ask away. 

Risks and challenges

This book is 90% complete. As a project manager and a graphic designer, I've been guiding large projects through the print process since I was knee-high to a ... june bug (which translates to over 20 years of hands-on experience.) I'm confident we can get the book printed in a timely fashion. I will be in regular contact with our backers from start to finish; you'll know where the book is every step of the way.

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    Your name listed as a thank you on our Welcome to the Small World (WTTSM) blog.

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    A personalized thank you on a limited edition WTTSM postcard, mailed from somewhere in the USA (wherever Kurt and Edwige happen to be at the moment) directly to you.

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    BOOK

    A signed copy and your name listed as a backer in the book.

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    BOOK and MINI

    A signed copy, your name listed as a backer in the book and a mini of our choice, delivered in their own glass vial. Pose them, take a picture and start your own adventure!

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    TWO BOOKS

    Two signed copies and your name listed as a backer in the book.

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    TWO BOOKS and TWO MINIS

    Two signed copies and your name listed as a backer in the book. Plus two minis of our choice, delivered in their own glass vials. Pose them, take a picture and start your own adventure!

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    BOOK and ART PRINT

    A signed copy and your name listed as a backer in the book, along with a signed and matted 8" x 10" art print of one of the images from the book – your choice!

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    FOUR BOOKS

    Four signed copies and your name listed as a backer in the book.

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    BOOK and ART SPREAD

    A signed copy and your name listed as a backer in the book. In addition, a signed and matted full sized art print of one of the spreads from the book – an image and story of your choice! A ridiculously fun print for a child's bedroom or creative office decor.

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    EXCLUSIVE ART PRINT and MINI

    A signed copy and your name listed as a backer in the book. In addition, one mini that was USED IN THE BOOK (we aren't buying new mini's to sell as rewards for this level - these are the originals used in the photos) PLUS a signed and matted full sized art print of that same mini in their spread from the book! They even will come in their very own glass vial. First come, first selected. LIMITED EDITION - only 10 unique choices available!

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    SIX BOOKS

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    TEN BOOKS

    Ten signed copies and your name listed as a backer in the book, and a GINORMOUS hug.

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    BOOK and MN RIDE-ALONG

    A signed copy of the book, a backer listing and opportunity to ride along on a shoot with Kurt and Edwige. After the trip, you'll get a signed and matted 11" x 15" art print and mini from one of the images from the shoot – your choice.

    Offer available between May and September 2014. Specific date and time to be mutually agreed upon by both parties. Must be able to travel to Minneapolis.

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    BOOK and RIDE-ALONG IN YOUR STATE

    Kurt and Edwige will DRIVE to your town, where you'll ride-along on shoot and be the scouter of your favorite local scenes. Of course you'll receive a signed copy of the finished book and be listed as a backer, but after the trip, you'll get a signed and matted 11" x 15" art print and mini from one of the images from the shoot – your choice.

    Use this to propose to your sweetheart (mini's love proposing), to say happy anniversary by capturing the mini's in a special spot, or just document an amazing part of your local scene.

    Travel is only w/in the 48 Continental United States, and only available between May and September 2014. Specific date and time to be mutually agreed upon by both parties.

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Funding period

- (30 days)