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$1,391
pledged of $13,748pledged of $13,748 goal
35
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Mon, September 10 2018 1:00 PM UTC +00:00

About

We have partnered Len Smith, award-winning former Disney Illustrator who created Toon Town (Who Framed Roger Rabbit) and characters in the popular children's series Bonkers and the Emmy Award-Winning New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh.

Len does an incredible job bringing The Little Labradoodle characters to life in this first book in the series: Puppy Pickup Day. Scroll down to see the interview with Len talking about his experiences and process. 

The book is ready for print and we are so confident in what was created we are posting the link here for anyone to review in PDF form.

Rave Reviews Already Rolling In!

Midwest Book Review has provided an outstanding review:

Eight engaging labradoodle puppies wake up to greet the day in April M. Cox's engaging picture book story of a special day when all the puppies expect to get a new home. They are fed, groomed, and play, but one little pup, smaller than his siblings, is rejected. As the rollicking rhyme follows the fun and games, young readers can't help but be concerned about one little outcast who falls off the puppy slide, is too small to play tag, and gets lost too easily.

As the countdown begins, teaching numbers to young animal lovers, the last little puppy begins to wonder if getting a new home is something else he's going to miss out on. He's become lost (on Puppy Pickup Day, no less), but his friendly nature leads to help from unexpected places, and after his siblings are picked by new families, he discovers something important about courage and finding his place in the world even though he's a runt who can't do what his siblings enjoy.

A variety of messages are wound into this fun-loving story of a little puppy's adventure: counting, colorful fun, lessons on friendship and helping, and embracing new experiences. Illustrator Len Smith's oversized, colorful panels are a huge draw to an equally-strong, uplifting story line that will delight young picture book readers and their read-aloud parents. He's a former Disney & Hanna-Barbara illustrator, and so his background is perfect for translating the story into large-sized, exceptionally colorful characters designed to provide eye-catching excitement and action to enhance the story's visual appeal. 

Each panel is packed with not just vivid colors and playful action, but emotion as the little puppy moves through his choices and considers his options. Not only the puppy's emotions are involved: readers will find their heartstrings similarly pulled as the story visually 'pops' with excitement.

How did The Little Labradoodle Series Come About?  

When April's grandchildren climbed onto her lap to read, she was inspired. She wanted to read stories to them that passed along values like kindness, friendship and acceptance of self and others. As they sat together to read, April's little Labradoodle dog would jump on her lap with them to enjoy story time together. They began to make up stories about the little labradoodle and the idea for the series was born.

This first book starts by introducing our Little Labradoodle who is very small, insecure and has trouble doing things that come easily to his siblings.     

We have received great feedback from our beta readers and are updating the final text of the book to create a print-ready copy.  We will be posting a link to the final file here as soon as it becomes available!  

April M. Cox with her grandkids Bella (5), Jackson (3) and Kairi (2)
April M. Cox with her grandkids Bella (5), Jackson (3) and Kairi (2)

After losing her corporate position earlier this year, aspiring author and entrepreneur, April M. Cox, realized that the need to replace her income would be a hindrance to being able to focus her time on Little Labradoodle Publishing. After talking with her husband, they agreed to sell their home, pay down debt and move into a mobile home. She didn't want anything to stand in the way from focusing on her passion and dreams.  

With the lifestyle changes April and her husband have made she is now able to dedicate 100% of her effort to Little Labradoodle Publishing and everything it takes to focusing on The Little Labradoodle Series starting with this first book: Puppy Pickup Day.  "We are ALL IN and committed to seeing this through and ask for your support to help make this dream a reality!" 

A Passion for Helping Kids

April is passionate about working with youth to inspire a love of reading and writing, encouraging them to use their imaginations to tell their own stories.  She has started working with some teachers to create a curriculum and locate grant funding to help make publishing a reality for those with few resources and great stories to tell.  

We have an incredible illustrator, Len Smith, who has spent his entire career (over 30 years) in children’s entertainment, from Hanna-Barbera studio to Disney Feature and TV animation to Mattel Toys.  

Len designed Toontown in the film “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” and is also well known for his designs of the main characters for the Disney Afternoon series “Talespin” and “Bonkers”. He also worked on the four-time Emmy winning series “The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh”.

We interviewed dozens of illustrators before finding Len and loved the way he captured the emotion of the characters. His Disney-esque character design was exactly what we pictured for The Little Labradoodle and his friends. We feel honored that our Little Labradoodle is in good company, having been created by the visionary who has brought to life some of Disney's most beloved characters!

Interview with Illustrator, Len Smith
Marks & Splashes interviews Illustrator Len Smith - 
Animation character designer Len Smith talks children's book illustration

Positive Reviews are Already Rolling In! 

Midwest Book Review has provided an outstanding review:

Eight engaging labradoodle puppies wake up to greet the day in April M. Cox's engaging picture book story of a special day when all the puppies expect to get a new home. They are fed, groomed, and play, but one little pup, smaller than his siblings, is rejected. 

As the rollicking rhyme follows the fun and games, young readers can't help but be concerned about one little outcast who falls off the puppy slide, is too small to play tag, and gets lost too easily.

As the countdown begins, teaching numbers to young animal lovers, the last little puppy begins to wonder if getting a new home is something else he's going to miss out on. He's become lost (on Puppy Pickup Day, no less), but his friendly nature leads to help from unexpected places, and after his siblings are picked by new families, he discovers something important about courage and finding his place in the world even though he's a runt who can't do what his siblings enjoy.

A variety of messages are wound into this fun-loving story of a little puppy's adventure: counting, colorful fun, lessons on friendship and helping, and embracing new experiences. 

Illustrator Len Smith's oversized, colorful panels are a huge draw to an equally-strong, uplifting story line that will delight young picture book readers and their read-aloud parents. He's a former Disney & Hanna-Barbara illustrator, and so his background is perfect for translating the story into large-sized, exceptionally colorful characters designed to provide eye-catching excitement and action to enhance the story's visual appeal. 

Each panel is packed with not just vivid colors and playful action, but emotion as the little puppy moves through his choices and considers his options. Not only the puppy's emotions are involved: readers will find their heartstrings similarly pulled as the story visually 'pops' with excitement.

What We Need From You

Your support to our campaign will pay for:

PRIMARY GOAL: $13,748

  • Printing of 2,000 hardcover books

  • Create 500 Gift Sets including Douglas plush labradoodles, hardcover books and a companion coloring and activity book all in a custom canvas book bag.

  • Fullfillment of Kickstarter rewards, payment processing and shipping

How our Kickstarter funding will be used.
How our Kickstarter funding will be used.
  • STRETCH GOALS - Should we exceed our goal, the excess funding will be used for creation of a custom plush (vs. the standard plush we currently have planned) and increase volumes to take every advantage of higher volume pricing to ensure we can meet holiday demands for the product.  


Please Note:
Digital components of all rewards will begin being delivered once the Kickstarter ends.  For full descriptions of what you will receive at each reward level, please review the text associated with each reward.  In this section, we will provide some highlights of what makes the rewards special.

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ledges of $10 and above all include a hardcover copy of the book which will not begin printing until the Kickstarter ends. We expect printing of the books and then packaging/shipping of rewards to take about two months and are targeting to have all rewards in your hands by October, in plenty of time for the holidays. 


  

Kickstarter brings people together to share in the goal of seeing exciting projects become realized by picking pledges to support the project. Kickstarter is also an "all or nothing" event. No funds will be transferred to us until the closing date of the fundraiser AND ONLY if the goal is met. 

So it is important that if you like what you see here and believe in our mission please donate what you can and encourage your friends and family to do the same. 

Please support our efforts to bring this story to print!

Questions:

If you have any questions about the project feel free to reach out at info@thelittlelabradoodle.com.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!!

Special thanks to friends and family, the ILML Community and Author's Collective who has embraced these efforts and provided so much support! We are blessed with an active advisory / launch team that has worked tirelessly to help make this possible. Thank you all for helping to make this dream come true!

Risks and challenges

1) Limited Knowledge of Children's Book Publishing

Prior to working on this effort, April did not have any experience in self-publishing, marketing children's books and social media. Since starting, she has immersed myself in learning this business and have aligned with mentors and an author collective that will help her be successful.

She is fully dedicated to this endeavor and has decided NOT to replace my corporate job, but to work on this effort as my full time business.

2) Funding Goal is not Reached

There is the potential that we may not raise enough money to fund the project. If that occurs, we will have to re-evaluate and work through the activities more slowly. There is a potential we could re-submit if necessary.

3) Printing Delays

Delays in printing / shipping could risk having stock in time for the holiday rush. Because we are printing in the US, there is less shipping time required and missing the holidays is unlikely.

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    Exclusive Digital Coloring Pages

    You will receive 5 Little Labradoodle Digital Coloring Pages that are reserved exclusively for our Kickstarter backers.

    Includes:
    • 5 Exclusive Little Labradoodle Coloring Pages (Digital)
    • Kickstarter Progress Updates (Email)
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    EARLY BIRD: 1st Edition, Hardcover Book

    You will receive one 1st edition, hardcover copy of The Little Labradoodle: Puppy Pickup Day book that is reserved exclusively for our Kickstarter backers...

    PLUS the exclusive Little Labradoodle Digital Coloring Pages!

    Pledge includes shipping to the United States and Canada.

    Includes:
    • Exclusive 1st Edition, Hardcover of Puppy Pickup Day (6x9)
    • 5 Exclusive Little Labradoodle Coloring Pages (Digital)
    • Kickstarter Progress Updates (Email)
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    Get eBook & Donate Hardcover

    Donate a book to a child in need by selecting this option and get an eBook for yourself.

    We have reached out to a local organization and will announce it as soon as we have confirmation about the organization that will receive the books.

    • 6 x 9" hardcover book will be donated to a local organization for a child in need.

    Plus you get:
    • A copy of the eBook
    • 5 Exclusive Little Labradoodle Coloring Pages (Digital)
    • Kickstarter Progress Updates (Email)
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    Purchase a Book, Donate a Book

    Buy one hardcover book for yourself and donate one to a child in need.

    We will announce the organization as soon as it is finalized.

    You will receive a 6 x 9" signed copy for yourself and a child in need will receive the same.

    This also includes the digital extras in the previous reward levels.

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    Signed Hardcover & Coloring Books

    You will receive one 1st edition, hardcover copy of "The Little Labradoodle: Puppy Pickup Day" book SIGNED by the author and PAWtographed by The Little Labradoodle, as well as one copy of the "The Little Labradoodle: Puppy Pickup Day" Companion Coloring Book with exclusive content available only to our Kickstarter backers.

    You'll also receive three Digital Coloring Books PLUS all the rewards from the previous level!

    Pledge includes shipping to the United States and Canada.

    Includes:
    • First Edition, SIGNED Hardcover of Puppy Pickup Day (6x9)
    • Puppy Pickup Day Companion Coloring Book (8.5x11)
    • Puppy Pickup Day Companion Coloring Book (Digital)
    • Little Labradoodle & Friends: Coloring & Activity Book (Digital)
    • Doodle Lovers Adult Coloring Book (Digital)
    • 5 Exclusive Little Labradoodle Coloring Pages (Digital)
    • Kickstarter Progress Updates (Email)
    • Little Labradoodle Publishing Newsletter (Email)
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    Exclusive Gift Set with Plush

    You will receive an exclusive gift set only available to Kickstarter supporters that includes an adorable 8" plush Little Labradoodle with the signed book, companion coloring book all packaged in an exclusive, Puppy Pickup Day, Canvas Book Bag.

    PLUS you'll get a copy of the Puppy Pickup Day eBook and Audio Book (Read Along) as well as all the digital files for the coloring books and coloring pages!

    Pledge includes shipping to the United States and Canada.

    Includes:
    • Soft 8" Plush Little Labradoodle (by Douglas)
    • Puppy Pickup Day Canvas Book Bag
    • First Edition, SIGNED Hardcover of Puppy Pickup Day (6x9)
    • Puppy Pickup Day Companion Coloring Book (8.5x11)
    • Puppy Pickup Day eBook (Digital)
    • Puppy Pickup Day Audio Book, Read Along (Digital)
    • All 3 Digital Coloring Books
    • 5 Exclusive Little Labradoodle Coloring Pages (Digital)
    • Kickstarter Progress Updates (Email)
    • Little Labradoodle Publishing Newsletter (Email)
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    Limited Edition 8x10 Print, Option 1

    You will receive a Limited Edition, 8"x10" print from the Puppy Pickup Book, digitally signed by Len Smith.

    See details in Kickstarter description of Option 1 illustration.

    There are only 25 of these numbered and signed prints available and they are only available as part of these special Kickstarter Gift Sets!

    Your signed print will be added to the "Exclusive Gift Set w/ Plush" package and will include all the rewards from that level including the plush puppy, signed book, companion coloring book all in the custom printed canvas bag.

    PLUS you'll get a copy of the Puppy Pickup Day eBook and Audio Book (Read Along) as well as all the digital files for the coloring books and coloring pages!

    Pledge includes shipping to the United States and Canada.

    Includes:
    • Limited Edition Signed Print, Option 1 (8x10)
    • Exclusive Gift Set with Plush & Book Bag
    • Puppy Pickup Day Canvas Book Bag
    • First Edition, SIGNED Hardcover of Puppy Pickup Day (6x9)
    • Soft 8" Plush Little Labradoodle (by Douglas)
    • Puppy Pickup Day Companion Coloring Book (8.5x11)
    • Puppy Pickup Day eBook (Digital)
    • Puppy Pickup Day Audio Book, Read Along (Digital)
    • All 3 Digital Coloring Books
    • Puppy Pickup Day Companion Coloring Book (Digital)
    • 5 Exclusive Little Labradoodle Coloring Pages (Digital)
    • Little Labradoodle & Friends: Coloring & Activity Book (Digital)
    • Kickstarter Progress Updates (Email)
    • Little Labradoodle Publishing Newsletter (Email)
    • Doodle Lovers Adult Coloring Book (Digital)
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    Limited Edition 8x10 Print, Option 2

    You will receive a Limited Edition, 8"x10" print from the Puppy Pickup Book, digitally signed by Len Smith.

    See details in Kickstarter description of Option 2 illustration.

    There are only 25 of these numbered and signed prints available and they are only available as part of these special Kickstarter Gift Sets!

    Your signed print will be added to the "Exclusive Gift Set w/ Plush" package and will include all the rewards from that level including the plush puppy, signed book, companion coloring book all in the canvas book bag.

    PLUS you'll get a copy of the Puppy Pickup Day eBook and Audio Book (Read Along) as well as all the digital files for the coloring books and coloring pages!

    Pledge includes shipping to the United States and Canada.

    Includes:
    • Limited Edition Signed Print, Option 2 (8x10)
    • Exclusive Gift Set with Plush & Book Bag
    • First Edition, SIGNED Hardcover of Puppy Pickup Day (6x9)
    • Puppy Pickup Day Companion Coloring Book (8.5x11)
    • Puppy Pickup Day eBook (Digital)
    • Puppy Pickup Day Audio Book, Read Along (Digital)
    • All 3 Digital Coloring Books
    • 5 Exclusive Little Labradoodle Coloring Pages (Digital)
    • Kickstarter Progress Updates (Email)
    • Little Labradoodle Publishing Newsletter (Email)
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    Grandparent Special, Buy 2 Get 1 Free

    You will receive THREE SETS of the "Exclusive Gift Sets w/ Plush" that are only available to Kickstarter supporters.

    Each set will come packaged in the exclusive Puppy Pickup Day Book Bag with a 1st edition signed, hardcover copy of "The Little Labradoodle: Puppy Pickup Day", the "Little Labradoodle: Puppy Pickup Day" companion coloring book and the soft 8" plush Little Labradoodle.

    PLUS you'll get a copy of the Puppy Pickup Day eBook and Audio Book (Read Along) as well as all the digital files for the coloring books and coloring pages!

    Pledge includes shipping to the United States and Canada.

    Includes:
    • Exclusive Gift Set with Plush & Book Bag
    • First Edition, SIGNED Hardcover of Puppy Pickup Day (6x9)
    • Puppy Pickup Day Companion Coloring Book (8.5x11)
    • Puppy Pickup Day eBook (Digital)
    • Puppy Pickup Day Audio Book, Read Along (Digital)
    • All 3 Digital Coloring Books
    • 5 Exclusive Little Labradoodle Coloring Pages (Digital)
    • Kickstarter Progress Updates (Email)
    • Little Labradoodle Publishing Newsletter (Email)
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    One of a Kind, Signed Storyboard

    You will receive 1 of the 29 storyboards available for each page from the Puppy Pickup Day book. The 11"x17" Storyboard will show the original sketch and final illustration for one of the pages from the Puppy Pickup Day book and will be signed by Len Smith.

    These archival quality, signed storyboards are one of a kind as only one of each page is being made and are only available as part of these special Kickstarter Gift Sets!

    Your signed storyboard will be added to the "Exclusive Gift Set w/ Plush" package and will include all the rewards from that level including the plush puppy, signed book, companion coloring book all in the custom printed canvas bag!

    PLUS you'll get a copy of the Puppy Pickup Day eBook and Audio Book (Read Along) as well as all the digital files for the coloring books and coloring pages!

    Note: You will have the opportunity to pick which page/illustration you want as your storyboard based on the order of your pledge.

    Pledge includes shipping to the United States and Canada.

    Includes:
    • One of a Kind, Signed Storyboard (11x17)
    • Soft 8" Plush Little Labradoodle (by Douglas)
    • Puppy Pickup Day Canvas Book Bag
    • First Edition, SIGNED Hardcover of Puppy Pickup Day (6x9)
    • Puppy Pickup Day Companion Coloring Book (8.5x11)
    • Puppy Pickup Day eBook (Digital)
    • Puppy Pickup Day Audio Book, Read Along (Digital)
    • Puppy Pickup Day Companion Coloring Book (Digital)
    • Little Labradoodle & Friends: Coloring & Activity Book (Digital)
    • Doodle Lovers Adult Coloring Book (Digital)
    • 5 Exclusive Little Labradoodle Coloring Pages (Digital)
    • Kickstarter Progress Updates (Email)
    • Little Labradoodle Publishing Newsletter (Email)
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    Become a Character in the Book

    Len Smith will create characters of up to 2 members of your family to appear in "The Little Labradoodle: Puppy Pickup Day" book!

    In addition to appearing in the book you will receive the one of a kind 11"x17" storyboard with the original sketch and final illustration for the page your character(s) are on and it will be hand signed by Len Smith.

    Your signed print will be added to the "Exclusive Gift Set w/ Plush" package and will include all the rewards from that level including the plush puppy, signed book, companion coloring book all in the custom printed canvas bag.

    PLUS you'll get a copy of the Puppy Pickup Day eBook and Audio Book (Read Along) as well as all the digital files for the coloring books and coloring pages!

    Includes:
    • Be a Character in Puppy Pickup Day Book
    • One of a Kind, Signed Storyboard (11x17)
    • Soft 8" Plush Little Labradoodle (by Douglas)
    • Exclusive Gift Set with Plush & Book Bag
    • First Edition, SIGNED Hardcover of Puppy Pickup Day (6x9)
    • Puppy Pickup Day Canvas Book Bag
    • Puppy Pickup Day Companion Coloring Book (8.5x11)
    • Puppy Pickup Day eBook (Digital)
    • Puppy Pickup Day Audio Book, Read Along (Digital)
    • All 3 Digital Coloring Books
    • Puppy Pickup Day Companion Coloring Book (Digital)
    • 5 Exclusive Little Labradoodle Coloring Pages (Digital)
    • Limited Edition Signed Print, Option 1 (8x10)
    • Little Labradoodle & Friends: Coloring & Activity Book (Digital)
    • Doodle Lovers Adult Coloring Book (Digital)
    • Little Labradoodle Publishing Newsletter (Email)
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    1:1 Mentoring with Author

    Receive personal 1:1 coaching from the Author April M. Cox to take your story idea through the self-publishing process.

    Whether you have a legacy story you'd like to publish for your own family or you would like a broader reach, you will get the benefit of 1:1 coaching and resources from Little Labradoodle Publishing including editing and cover design.

    Your book will also be evaluated for the potential to publish through Little Labradoodle Publishing.

    In addition to your mentoring opportunity with April you will also receive the "Exclusive Gift Set with Plush" package that will include all the rewards from that level including the plush puppy, signed book, companion coloring book all in the exclusive Puppy Pickup Day Canvas Book Bag!

    PLUS you'll get a copy of the Puppy Pickup Day eBook and Audio Book (Read Along) as well as all the digital files for the coloring books and coloring pages!

    Pledge includes shipping to the United States and Canada.

    Includes:
    • 1:1 Mentoring with the Author
    • Exclusive Gift Set with Plush & Book Bag
    • First Edition, SIGNED Hardcover of Puppy Pickup Day (6x9)
    • Puppy Pickup Day Companion Coloring Book (8.5x11)
    • Puppy Pickup Day eBook (Digital)
    • Puppy Pickup Day Audio Book, Read Along (Digital)
    • All 3 Digital Coloring Books
    • 5 Exclusive Little Labradoodle Coloring Pages (Digital)
    • Kickstarter Progress Updates (Email)
    • Little Labradoodle Publishing Newsletter (Email)
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Funding period

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