What do you get when a 3 yr old sings you a song and her dad illustrates it into a book? The Big Yellow Elephant and the Blue Baboon! Read more
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on November 21, 2013.
About this project
Thank you for considering funding this most amazing creative family endeavor. Its awesome people like you that we look forward to working with, and making smile.
My name is Xavier Hawk and one day my 3 year old daughter and I were playing guitar and signing in the living room. Well Actually, I was playing guitar and she was singing about the Big Yellow Elephant and the Blue Baboon. She told me about how they worked really hard and had fun with everything they did. They loved making music together the most of all....
We made it into a song together, and I decided to illustrate it into a children's book. I took my whole family into a recording studio deep within the blue ridge mountains and recorded the song as a family.
What resulted is "The Big Yellow Elephant and the Blue Baboon."
Here is the Full Version:
I really enjoy working with my family, all of whom have the most incredible voices and creative talent. We have decided to turn this fun family project into a full series. There are three more books/songs in the wings and more to come.
I am taking the opportunity to use this creative process we have, and teach my kids about how to take passion and creativity and turn it into a livelihood.
We will begin by creating a publishing company, buying individual ISBN numbers, trademarking Duggy and Dre, self publishing on CreateSpace in a trim size format that is accepted by major retailers and libraries, apply for book awards, approach children's book reviewers, bloggers, parenting podcasters, and market this book series to stores, libraries and schools far and wide.
It is our intention to start grass roots and build towards a goal of international publication and printing.
The first book is already done and ready to go to print after we incorporate a publishing company and get our ISBN numbers.
The second book, "The Big Yellow Elephant and the Blue Baboon; What do you think that Duggy'd do," is all about ethical and honorable living.
The third book, "The Big Yellow Elephant and the Blue Baboon; Duggy and Dre go to the Zoo," is still in concept and design phase but essentially explores what happens when two freewheeling musical animals show up in a zoo and the hilarity that ensues. Heroic acts will certainly abound....
Any funds beyond our initial startup costs will go to producing more books, more marketing, full length CD's, and special editions and dolls...
I really look forward to this fun adventure together! It is hard to put into words the gratitude and excitement i have to be creative and work with my amazing family this way.
THANK YOU FOR CONSIDERING US!!!
We will be posting more images, special thank you notes from Leilani, and videos so check back!
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Risks and challenges
The road before us is clear.
Fulfillment will be handled by Amazon and Create Space initially.
Trademarking is clear and the marks we need are available.
I have successful track record earning clients everything from five figure to seven figure returns. Designing complex business structures, work flows, and long term strategies is my speciality. This project is fun and creative with less complex systems. I am well suited to executing this task and finding the people who have more expertise and more developed networks in this field than me.
The funding goal we have does not create the money necessary to build a larger "brand", but the joyful and meaningful message of the Big Yellow Elephant and the Blue Baboon will get to market! Any money above and beyond our goal will go to building the brand further.
Merchandising is something we intend branch into and part of whatever funds we accumulate beyond our initial start up costs will go towards a successful merchandising campaign.
The T-Shirts that are part of the incentive campaign will be printed locally here in Asheville with my friends over at M.I.A. with eco friendly ink and on organic shirts. We can even do children's outfits.
On behalf of my family and I, thank you for reading this far and considering funding us. We really appreciate your time.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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