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Legend of the Star Runner: An Homage to Adventure for Kids
Legend of the Star Runner: An Homage to Adventure for Kids
Unravel mysteries by finding visual clues concealed within beautiful illustrations. A book for explorers and sleuths young and old.
Unravel mysteries by finding visual clues concealed within beautiful illustrations. A book for explorers and sleuths young and old. Read more
This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by .
Unravel mysteries by finding visual clues concealed within beautiful illustrations. For explorers and sleuths young and old.
Falling in love with an imaginary world, exploring and unraveling its mysteries lies at the core of Legend of the Star Runner - enticing both hearts and minds.
In a bold adventure story...
Following the clues concealed within a centuries-old family legacy, Timmi and his friends hope to save a dear friend. But only twenty-four hours remain to unravel the legend of a long-lost pirate ship, buried somewhere deep beneath the city streets. Unbeknownst to them, their search awakens a mystical dark power, sworn to protect what is hidden on board the once famous Star Runner.
...you are invited to unravel over 30 mysteries.
The story is divided into thirty-one concise chapters, each of which ends with a puzzle to be solved by finding and interpreting visual clues concealed within a beautiful color illustration. In so doing, the reader becomes part of the adventure, working alongside our heroes.
Will Girls Like the Book too?
Yes, the lead character Timmi Tobbson is a boy. But unlike most other male lead characters, he is rather shy and sensitive. Happy-go-lucky Marvin on the other hand, is playful and very naive, even for his age. The actual leader of the pack is Lilli. She is determined, risk-taking and unapologetically outspoken.
My wife and I are proud parents of our super-cute (no bias here) daugther Emmelie. It was important to me to create a character with Lilli, who is ready to take the lead and make things happen. Who doesn't care about what society expects but about fulfilling her own dreams and ambitions.
Legend of the Star Runner is all about helping those you really care about. The adventure and its mysteries are a means to that end. And it is Lilli who drives and inspires the boys to push through.
So yes, I created this story with girls in mind. Hopefully, my daughter will love it the way I do.
Lots to Discover
A lot of love and attention to detail went into creating Legend. Did you spot an email address in one of the illustrations? Try sending a message and see what happens...
A hidden secret
This book contains a hidden puzzle which is unrelated to the story and involves all thirty-one main illustrations. On TimmiTobbson.com, readers can check if they found all the clues and have solved the secret puzzle correctly.
Most supporting characters are illustrated with famous actors / movie characters in mind – for example:
- Sir London was inspired by Christopher Lloyd's interpretation of Dr. Emmet Brown in Back to the Future.
- Marvin was inspired by Gaten Matarazzo's performance as Dustin in Stranger Things.
- The Guardian was inspired by the looks of American actor, director and producer Danny DeVito.
- Lilli's Grandpa was inspired by Sir Sean Connery's portrayal of the father of Indiana Jones in The Last Crusade.
The First Review is Here!
We sent out review copies to book critics (unpaid) and the first review came in just before the launch of the Kickstarter. It's from Foreword Reviews Magazine and...
...Legend scored 5 out of 5!
Here are some blurbs:
"...a splendid homage to adventure."
(this inspired us to change the Kickstarter project title)
"...a visual feast..."
The review will be published in the May issue of Foreward Review Magazine. We're so proud :)
1. The Book
Legend of the Star Runner will be available as both a paperback and a hardcover edition. Both are printed in the United States of America by Thomson Shore. This is more costly than printing overseas but allows for controlling the print and paper quality as well as making sure no dubious chemicals are used in the process.
You will also receive a Kickstarter exclusive pre-release eBook on the day the campaign ends. DRM free. This Kickstarter-edition comes with a Hall of Fame chapter, listing every backer and everyone who shared the project (if they wish to be listed).
2. The Cheatbook to the Hidden Secret
In addition to the thirty-one mysteries of the main story, Legend of the Star Runner contains a hidden puzzle most readers will likely miss. It involves all thirty-one chapter illustrations and its discovery grants access to a restricted area on TimmiTobbson.com. Secret additional content awaits those who enter. The cheatbook will guide you on your quest to unravel the Hidden Secret and help you should you get stuck. It is deliverd in PDF file format. Have fun!
3. The Signed Bookplate (Add-On)
A bookplate is a small printed label which is adhered to a book, most often inside the front cover. They’re most commonly used to identify the book’s owner. However, some bookplates are signed by authors; they are then affixed to the book, rather than signing the book itself.
You will receive a beautiful bookplate signed by the author to either attach to the book or keep as a collectible. Just add 10 $ to your pledge and I will know you request the bookplate.
For those using different currencies: You will always see an estimate of your pledge amount in USD. Just increase the pledge in your currency until the pledge amount in USD has increased by 10 $.
4. Signed Full-Color Art Poster
You will receive a unique, full-color art poster of the cover illustration (approximately 12 x 16" / 30 x 40 cm). The print will be signed and come with a personalized handwritten thank-you note from the author.
5. Hardcover Signed and with Thank-You Note
The signed hardcover edition, which also comes with a personalized handwritten thank-you note from the author.
6. Personalized Video Message / Skype Session with Author
The Say Hi to a Friend reward tier will come with a personalized video message from me to download or watch on YouTube. You choose to whom I should dedicate this message e.g. your kid. Feel free to give me some background info to work with and this will become a really cool gift.
If you choose the Meet the Author reward tier, we can meet via Skype or phone and talk about Kickstarter, publishing a book as well as start-ups in general, raising kids or anything else you fancy. I very much look forward to chatting with you.
7. You Dedicate the Book
A special hardcover print which features a dedication of your choice PRINTED in place of the regular dedication! You may want to dedicate the book to your child or a friend. You are welcome to phrase the text yourself. This will make a truly awesome present. Plus, if you like, the book will be SIGNED and feature a thank-you note from the author.
8. You Name the Hero(es)
A special hardcover print in which you get to pick the names of one, two or all three heroes in the book! That's right: The whole text of the book will be rewritten to feature the names you choose. You may want to replace ‘Timmi Tobbson’ with the name of your child and give Marvin and Lilli names of friends. The change to Timmi’s name will also show on the cover. You may also write a foreword and the dedication plus, if you like, the book will be signed and feature a thank-you note from the author.
9. The Handcrafted Collector's Limited Edition
You will receive the Collector's Limited Edition: a unique edition bound in high-quality HANDCRAFTED casing exclusively designed for this Kickstarter campaign, signed, numbered and with a personalized message from the author.
10. The Acknowledged Collector / The Major Contributor
Your HANDCRAFTED Collector's Limited Edition will feature your name as a major contributor in the acknowledgements section. If you select the Major Contributor reward tier, a short description of you and your portrait as a pencil sketch will accompany your name.
This is just a humble nod to all those who want to and can afford to support Legend of the Star Runner big time.
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A Story for the Heart - A Challenge to the Mind
This is a story about friendship first and foremost. A story for the heart. And about the drive to explore, to inquire and to second-guess. All three main characters require perserverance and courage to succeed, and derive the necessary strength from their friendship.
But Legend of the Star Runner not only sets out to entice the hearts of its readers, it also challenges their minds. Each puzzle, each mystery presented, calls upon the reader to use his own skills of observation and logical deduction. To explore, to observe and to inquire.
Designed to Get Kids' Eyes off Screens and onto Paper
The primary goal of Legend is to entertain. But there is somewhat more to it. In the 1980es, I experienced the rise of computer and video games as a child. I soon found myself playing games as often as I could, sometimes from dawn to late at night. Only one book series, called Get a Clue, could get my eyes off my computer screen.
Witnessing the ever increasing smartphone usage amongst children in recent years, I felt inspired to create a book series for today’s young generation that would do for them what Get a Clue did for me. The concept is specifically, but surely not exclusively, geared towards young readers who favor smartphones and video games over books. It aims to get kids’ eyes off screens and onto paper.
One of the reasons for the success of video games is that every few minutes the player is rewarded, leading them to frequently experience a feeling of accomplishment. This book is designed to achieve the same. It is divided into 31 concise chapters, each of which ends with a puzzle to be solved by examining a beautiful color illustration. The result is not only highly entertaining, but also equally rewarding, capable of capturing the attention of today’s young video gamers. The high-quality visuals are another reason video gaming kids will feel right at home.
Short attention spans / lack of reading experience
Since each chapter is concise, the book is suitable for children with short attention spans or a lack of reading experience.
About the Author
J. I. Wagner lives with his beloved wife, their new-born super-cute daughter, two impressively big orange cats and one equally impressive mortgage right at the edge of a forest near Frankfurt, Germany.
He holds a Masters degree from Oxford University where he loved being part of the Christ Church College community.
About the Illustrator
Cindy Fröhlich is a freelance illustrator living and working in Hamburg, Germany. Since 2010 she has predominantly produced illustrations for the child and youth sector and also continues to work as a concept and background artist for the animation industry.
One of her favorite characters is her dog Alegria, who she features in a series of short stories. You can find more info on: www.cindy-froehlich.de
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All sharing-exclusive rewards are delivered after a successful campaign funding and most likely in May 2018.
Behind-The-Scenes Emails: Get unfiltered access to and insights on what's happening behind the scenes during the Kickstarter.
Easter-Egg-Companion: A complete guide to all easter eggs (and references to the personal life of the author) contained within Legend of the Star Runner. (PDF)
The Lost Chapter: One chapter was completely rewritten at a time when all illustrations had already been finished. Get to read the original as well as the rewritten version and see how both lead to the same outcome, although our heroes face a completely different story. (PDF)
The Making Of Legend: Get an in depth look at the development process showing early sketches of the characters as well as the chapter illustrations, the story outline and insightful anecdotes surrounding the production. (PDF)
Your Name in the Hall of Fame: Get mentioned by name in the Hall of Fame chapter within the Kickstarter-exclusive pre-release ebook. (Backers can also get a mention so this reward is not as sharing-exclusive as the others.)
Sharing-Exclusive-Mega-Reward #5 1/2 (LIMITED):
Personalized Video Shout-Out: A 5-second mini clip with the author thanking you by name for contributing to the success of this Kickstarter. (mp4) (Limited to the first 100 who share and register with the button below)
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Risks and challenges
Some Kickstarter-exclusive rewards, especially the handcrafted collector's limited edition, do carry a slight risk to delay since production may not be completed in the estimated time frame. However, a couple of weeks delay seems to be the worst that can happen.
Other than that the risk is minimal since the book is complete. We already had a small production run and - to quote from another Kickstarter project: have production facilities scheduled based on our expectations, but as with any Kickstarter project, should we be successful beyond our wildest imaginations, we might face production delays beyond our current forecasting ability.
Our printer and U.S. distributor Thomson Shore (Dexter, MI) is well established, bringing decades of publishing experience to the table.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter