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Chef ReCee & Carb love to sing & bake! Then Veggie hops in & surprises them with a tune of her own in, "Our Picnic Surprise."
Chef ReCee & Carb love to sing & bake! Then Veggie hops in & surprises them with a tune of her own in, "Our Picnic Surprise."
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This project is to help us buy copies of this 30 page, rhyming children's picture book, and shop it around at fairs and conventions. Suitable for all age ranges, but targeted at ages 3-5. 

Believe me when I say EVERY SINGLE $1 helps! Don't think it doesn't, not for a moment! It does help and I want to prove it to you! Every backer who donates a $1 or more will get an INSTANT DOWNLOAD of Chef ReCee Jay & Friends Coloring Sheets AND a Fun No Bake Kids Recipe that you and your lil ones can enjoy right now! Download link available in the Backers Only Updates tab. 

With a successful Kickstarter project, I'll donate 5 printed copies of the book and 1 e-book version to local libraries. The library or school that brings the highest number of backers will receive 10 paperback copies and t-shirts for the librarians (max of 4)!

Download our KickStarter poster so you can print it out & post it in your local library, coffee shop, or school, with their permission of course. Click here for download link :) It's also under Updates. 

To learn more about us, please visit our web pages!

A little bit more about the Chef ReCee Jay comics - She's balancing a healthier eating lifestyle while having to deal with all of the temptation around her.

Carb's page

Veggie's Page

Our Fanpage

Our website

About The Book:

Poised to become a timeless classic for children big and small, ‘Our Picnic Surprise’ tells the story of Chef ReCee Jay and Carb. Their picnic is changed for the better following the addition of ‘Veggie’, who wants kids to make healthier eating choices. 

Chef ReCee Jay & Friends Series: Book #1 Our Picnic Surprise 

This story features characters from C.Jovan Williams own comic, posted on her website and Facebook page. Loosely based around the author’s own plights, the comic details the exploits of Williams balancing a healthier eating lifestyle while having to deal with all of the temptation around her.

ReCee Jay: 

Loosely based off author C. Jovan Williams, she's a girl that loves to cook! She doesn't mind tweaking a recipe until it satisfies her sweet tooth!

Carb:

That fun loving buddy we all have who gives you a reason to smile. He gets into a lot of mischief, but does not mean any harm. 

Veggie: 

She's all spice and really nice! Sometimes her friendly health crusades can be taken the wrong way, but she just wants what's best for her friends. 

Uncle Bear: 

Carb's Uncle Bear will be heard narrating our web animated clips, he's not in Our Picnic Surprise, but will be in future books. 

Why We Are Raising Funds 

Money will fund printing costs for the paperback and hard copy books, promotional items, and advertising. 

Promotion is key to a book's success! A book can be great, but if no one knows of its existence, then a product can suffer. 

Professional businesses charge to read self-published works. These reviews will help give my book credibility and a boost in sales.                   

Example: Publisher's Weekly Review= $149.00

I will also be attending various book fairs and conferences - we'll be bringing Our Picnic Surprise to some large shows, including Collingswood Book Festival, Self Publishing Book Expo,  and local fairs. I would love to deck out my table with some decorative banners and table displays. 

If we surpass our goal, that would be exciting! Extra funding will probably be used to bring an interactive iPad version of the book to life. This includes costs for music, sound effects, animation, and programming. 

The Paper Back and Hard Cover will be available October 2012

Reviews Already Received 

Readers Favorite states that it:

“Presents health and nutrition in a way that is fresh and innovative. The illustrations are perfect and sure to catch the eye of a child. The characters are cute and fun. Her topic is both timely and relevant given the concerns with obesity in our country. The author offers a variety of healthy foods which would most likely appeal to young children. This is a great way to introduce healthy living to young readers. I recommend this book to parents and educators as a teaching tool.”

About the Author:  

This children’s story comes on the heels of the author’s recent passing of her father due to Diabetes, which affects nearly 18.8 million that have been diagnosed in the United States alone. Her writings are not strictly based on Diabetes, but rather on the importance of trying to establish healthier eating habits.  

Credits: 

Song in Video

Happy Clappy Joy 

http://whyaudiotastesbetter.com/ 

A joyful piano track featuring a chirpy whistle, glockenspiel and clapping. Positive and upbeat feel good factor! 

http://whyaudiotastesbetter.com/happy-clappy-joy/ 

Illustrator: 

Bryan Z. Rubio 

Fan: 

Hitomi: "Hi, today I discovered a website called CarbMonkey.com. I know it sounds kind of funny, but actually it's really cute. You might want to check it out. They also have a Facebook that has updates. Hope you enjoy the website, Go Team ReCee! 

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    Believe me when I say EVERY SINGLE $1 helps! Don't think it doesn't, not for a moment! It does help and I want to prove it to you! Every backer who donates a $1 or more will get an INSTANT DOWNLOAD of Chef ReCee Jay & Friends Coloring Sheets AND a Fun No Bake Kids Recipe that you and your lil ones can enjoy right now!

    The download link is available in the Updates tab labeled Backers Only!

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    A great BIG THANK YOU for supporting this book AND a PDF copy of, Our Picnic Suprise..

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    The above rewards, a paperback book, Our Picnic Surprise, PLUS a plush 10' inch, Uncle Bear! Measurement: 10'inches sitting. Material: Plush Stuffing: Polyester, AND your name listed on our Kickstarter Backer page on our website.For Canada Backers, please add $7 for shipping fees, and for all other countries please add $10.

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    The above rewards, PLUS a signed, Special Edition Cover - Hard Cover Book AND YOUR NAME (as you would like it seen, but please no obscene or profane names or nicknames) printed INSIDE our paper back and hard cover books on a special KickStarter acknowledgment page for our Backers. For Canada Backers, please add $7 for shipping fees, and for all other countries please add $10.

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    How about double the love? The above rewards times 2!, 2 paperbacks, 2 bears, 2 hardcovers! I'll ALSO donate 2 hard cover books to a library or school of YOUR CHOICE. Plus 1 Carb Smash T-Shirt & 1 Veggie B T-Shirt! Sizes from Youth-2XL for Carb's Shirt and Adult M-L-XL for Veggie. When the campaign ends, I'll ask for the contact information for the library or school and please make sure they will accept the donation. For Canada Backers, please add $10 for shipping fees, and for all other countries please add $15.

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    Poster Love! The above rewards AND an unframed Special Edition Cover Poster. Plus, Uncle Bear will have a matching Carb Smash t-shirt on and a postcard from the coolest Uncle around! For Canada Backers, please add $10 for shipping fees, and for all other countries please add $15.

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    All of the above AND I'll make a personal appearance at your event. Purchase a book signing party at your library, charity, or school! This includes 20 paperback books AND 20 Uncle Bear Plush (with Carb Smash t-shirt) toys with postcards from the Coolest Uncle around himself, that can be given to a classroom or donated to a charity or library. Must be within in the State of NJ or within 100 miles of 08034 and the signing must take place in October/November 2012.

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