About this project
Delight Your Child with a Beautifully Illustrated Hardcover Book, or an eBook for Kindle or Nook, or an Enhanced Read-Aloud eBook for iPad!
In real life Charles the Lion Dog became an international sensation when he was mistaken for an actual lion wandering the streets of Norfolk, Virginia. His playful owner, Daniel Painter, had groomed the very furry labrador/poodle mix to leave a longer "mane" and a tufted tail resulting in the uncanny resemblance to a lion. When Charles took an impromptu and unaccompanied stroll one morning along streets near the city zoo, several Norfolk residents couldn't believe their eyes and quickly dialed 911 to report an escaped lion. Police sorted out this most peculiar case of mistaken identity and everyone had a good laugh.
Then the local paper saw the police report and ran a story. That was picked up by the local TV news, which was picked up by the national media, which went viral on social media - and suddenly Charles was an international celebrity with appearances on Good Morning America and CNN's Anderson Cooper, and nearly a million-and-a-half views on various videos on YouTube and more than 56,000 friends on his own Facebook page! There were even reports of Charles showing up on highway billboards in South America.
"It's all a hoot," admits Daniel Painter. "But the very best part of it, by far, is watching young kids go from real concern to utter delight when they first meet Charles and discover that he's actually a dog and not a lion. And that's what has given us the idea of producing a children's book. That's the legacy about Charles that I want to give back to kids everywhere."
What will the Children's Book be About?
Charles the Lion Dog is aimed at young, emerging readers - but will certainly be enjoyed by children of all ages. It is the whimsical story of 7-year-old Daniel who has always wanted a lion for a pet. His parents try unsuccessfully to explain to Daniel why that isn't a good idea, suggesting more traditional pet choices, but the youngster isn't dissuaded.
One day while visiting the Humane Society in the hopes of maybe finding Daniel a rescue dog, his frustrated parents have a brilliant idea. They adopt a very raggedy, unkempt labradoodle who desperately needs a home to avoid an untimely demise. They take the dog to the groomer with specific instructions on how to clean up this lovable bundle of fur. The next day, when they present their son with his uniquely coiffed pet, Daniel is smitten. He finally has his lion!
Daniel and Charles (his "lion's" new name) quickly bond and have many great adventures, including the real-life 911 experience and subsequent rise to fame described above. The book has a wonderful surprise ending that will thrill every young reader.
Who is Making this Book, and What's the Process?
Charles the Lion Dog was written by Dr. Joseph C. Daniel, former Dean of Sciences at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, and is being illustrated by award-winning children's book illustrator Pamela Barcita, of nearby Chesapeake. The book is being produced by Joseph E. Daniel (yep, Professor Daniel's son), founder of Story Arts Media, a book publishing and filmmaking company.
The costs of developing an illustrated children's book are nearly all fixed and loaded up front with the initial print run. They include commissioning the artwork, design and production, ebook programming, paper and printing, and distribution. We need to reach our goal of $12,000 in order to put 1,000 print books into distribution and to program and upload the ebook formats. The good news is the more books we sell right now through our Kickstarter campaign the smaller our unit cost becomes, and the number of print books we can distribute grows exponentially. So our goal is to not only reach our initial goal, but to surpass it substantially!
With your help, we'll have the print book and ebook editions in bookstores and online by early October, 2013. And the best part about it is that whatever level of support you choose, you'll receive your own copy of Charles the Lion Dog for your favorite child as our most sincere thank you!
But That's Not All!
We'll also share the development of the book right here on Kickstarter as we go along. You'll get to meet the author and illustrator, watch how the illustrations develop and how the books are produced, and get some very special glimpses into the wonderful, wacky world of Charles.
So please join us, and tell your friends. The more folks who participate in this Kickstarter first edition release of Charles the Lion Dog, the more books we can make available to kids everywhere.
Thank you for your support!
Click here or the Updates Link at the top of the page for our latest news. See Charles swooning over an adoring TV reporter, then meet our illustrator Pamela Barcita and see a sneak preview of the book's cover art!
Risks and challenges
Every book project faces possible risks of delay from authors, illustrators or designers not meeting deadline, printers being backed up on press or experiencing paper shortages, or delivery and distribution channels being clogged. In reality, most of these delays are short, if they occur at all, and proper project management usually results in smooth execution. Story Arts Media has produced several digital/print projects like Charles the Lion Dog and has learned to source vendors and stage the production schedule to effectively deliver on time.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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