The Humundo Sorterium will be the second book brought to you by author Daniel Thompson and illustrator Connor Edwards. Following on from the success of The Christmas Tale of Elaine Gale this is another 5000(ish) word story written entirely in rhyme about a young boy's adventure to the 'Humundo Sorterium' Baby Making Factory.
WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Buddy’s wonderer is sent spinning the day his Grand-pa tells him about the Humundo Sorterium. He’d always thought babies were made by storks & now Grand-pa is saying they're made in this… machine.Well of course the only way to be certain is to go on an adventure and find out for himself. He waits for Grand-pa to fall asleep, packs some jam sandwiches and heads for the watering hole to find a stork to confirm his Grand-pa's story.
Along the way he meets Handsome Henry a stork who tells the tale of how babies used to be individual, created by nature and delivered by storks; however now they are made in batches by a baby making machine in a factory. The Humundo Sorterium is less concerned with individuality and more concerned with the efficiency and productivity of the factory.
Henry and Buddy journey to the factory, working together to overcome some obstacles along the way. Raven gatekeeper Madame Megan and her army of clockwork crows try to stop them in their tracks, but with some quick thinking and teamwork they make it to the factory.
Together they try to overthrow Baroness Von Adlevine and destroy The Humundo Sorterium once and for all. But of course, things are not as straight forward as they had hoped.
THE STORY BEHIND THE STORY
18 months ago I took the plunge and put out my first book as a children's poet/author. Unsure as to what I wanted or how any of it would be done, I jumped in with both feet and tried to get my head around the process. Thanks to a lot of time and effort from those around me and masses of support from all who got behind the first Kickstarter project, we managed to get the book made. It really was one of the best experiences of my life and from that point we have pushed forward in every way we can. I read in schools all across The Midlands and we visited markets and fairs all over the place. Most excitingly though we have started conversations with a theatre company to bring the book to stage - see below video. Something we are hopeful you will be able to see Christmas 2020. And we have also started writing songs for a childrens school play version too.
But the most exciting thing that has happened to me since the first campaign is the birth of my beautiful daughter Mollie Mae. Finding out I was going to be a Dad was a massive inspiration to me and even before the first book was completed I had started writing the second. With the theme of The Humundo Sorterium being about babies, the subject was obviously on my mind - and amazingly it was while we sat in the hospital waiting to meet the new arrival that I finished the first draft. A book about babies being made on the day our own baby was born. Perfect timing.
As a song writer and film maker I did the only thing I knew how to welcome Mollie in to the world.
Once the draft was written it was over to Connor to do his thing. This time Connor decided to take a slight step away from the first book in terms of technique and has incorporated a more hand drawn feel - something that I think really works with the story. His charming style and great sense of humour really carry the story and make for a really engaging read.
A FEW WORDS FROM THE ILLUSTRATOR - CONNOR EDWARDS
The story is fantastic, if you're familiar with Dan’s previous work then this won’t disappoint. It’s just as quirky and fantastical but as always with an important message threaded throughout. It’s a story of friendship, courage and individuality, all things everyone could do with embracing at the moment.
All of this meant that it was just a pleasure to illustrate. When you start with such a colourfully constructed world it’s easy to bring it to life. Hopefully the illustrations work to compliment the wonky story of Dan’s and hopefully they are able to capture the lyrical qualities of his writing.
After illustrating Dan’s first book much of my work stays the same. It keeps in the same style however this time the illustrations were all hand drawn rather than digitally crafted. My illustrative skills have improved massively over the course of creating this book so hopefully you can see development within my work. As Dan and I work together to put these stories together for you we feel they are getting exponentially stronger each time.
It was a joy having the previous book fully funded, seeing people rally round a local author and supporting a new illustrator was really affirming.
It was even better seeing the kid’s responses to the story after receiving their copies. If not for anything else, that is reason enough to support this second campaign.
If you support the campaign you could get your hands on some specially crafted rewards. Postcards with character artwork and better than that a poster showing some of the character development work.
After the unprecedented success of Dan’s first title, this story will surpass even the highest of expectations. The book has been a labour of love on both mine and Dan’s parts, it’s something we would love to share with you all. So if you’ll be so kind as to pledge we will be able to do just that as soon as possible!
TELL ME MORE
The book carries a heartwarming message centered around the importance of being an individual. I've long felt that (now more than ever) there is a lot of social pressure on kids to fit the mould rather than express themselves on an individual level. I wanted to write this book to say that I think the best way to be interesting is to be yourself and to do things your own way. A message I think sits within the story without making itself too obvious.
We believe this book is great and deserves to be on the shelves, but in order for us to get it out to the world and to make this whole thing a possibility we need help once again - more specifically your help. We are not being funded by any publishers or backers, we are trying to grow our own brand and continue to build this dream to have our books out in the universe.
All the money raised by this campaign will go to the production and the promotion of this book.
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