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Elle ValentineBy Elle Valentine
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Elle ValentineBy Elle Valentine
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$2,005
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15
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Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Sep 24 2013

About

The GOOD NEWS - The UnPopular Pea (& Carrot) has been privately fully funded!
THE SAD NEWS - I am ending this Kickstarter campaign.
BACK TO THE GOOD NEWS - You can still get the books and t-shirts on the website

So what happened? Before I launched Kickstarter, I was talking with private parties to fund the printing of The UnPopular Pea (& Carrot)... well, I found the perfect match and now we are going forward! I debated about keeping Kickstarter live, but all in all, it has become too messy. I have received a lot of feedback with the consensus that the program is too confusing, and I found myself selling more pre-orders in person than online. I believe Kickstarter is a TERRIFIC company and program, but ultimately, it just was not the best fit for my project. When I received the offer to have my printing independently funded, I knew it was the right choice. Thank you Kickstarter and all who have stuck with me! This has all been a very big learning experience. There should be far less kinks in my next book launch (yes, there's another book in the making!). 

Thank you everybody!

-Elle Valentine

ABOUT the book

The UnPopular Pea (& Carrot) is a children’s book about eating healthy. Its main purpose is to educate children about food and the enormous impact it has on your body and life. Through an illustrated, rhyming tale about an unpopular pea and carrot, it explains what "real" food is. It shows the difference between candy and carrots and gives kids insight on how to pick healthy foods.

                                                   EXCERPTS:

         TO VIEW MORE PAGES visit www.TheUnPopularPea.com.

     TO VIEW MORE PAGES visit www.TheUnPopularPea.com. 


ABOUT the mission

I wrote and illustrated this book for my nephew, Van. He is 7 years old, growing up, trying to understand this food-crazy world. I want to help him and his generation understand it. It’s confusing enough as an adult. As a kid – well, that’s why I decided to write a book about it.

Food can be confusing, ESPECIALLY as a kid. You’re still contemplating your belly button. You eat whatever mom and dad give you. Your bones, organs and brain are growing and absorbing everything – food and knowledge. You don’t become a healthy adult on donuts and candy. Food needs to become a priority again. Every child deserves the knowledge and ability to have a healthy life. As the "big kids," it’s our job to show them how to do it.

Obesity in children is becoming "normal." It is a scary situation that is confusing, intimidating… and easily reversible. It starts with education. If a child is taught to eat healthy – they will! It’s as simple as that. But we (the big kids) must build the drive for them to do so…by eating healthy ourselves and surrounding them with a positive, healthy environment. And this happens one choice at a time.
     Yes, to apple.
     No, to cupcake.
     Yes, to hide-and-seek.
     No, to Sparkly-Donut-World video game.
You get the drift. As adults, we know what’s good for us. But with our crazy busy schedules, supermarkets full of 1-minute boxed dinners, and a screaming child that is begging for donuts and candy… I get it. Life (and kids) can be demanding. But it's really not complicated or as hard as it seems. Teach your little fisher how to fish (metaphorically). Bring them into the kitchen, show them how it's done. Show them the importance of eating healthy. Sugar-infused birthday parties, school lunches and media commercials will not faze them. Your job will become a breeze. Then sit back with your carrot juice, wait for dinner to be served, and get ready to be impressed. Kids are amazing!

ABOUT the goods

*PLEASE NOTE: Images below are mock-ups, final products will look similar - only better! :)

T-SHIRTS

Below are MOCK UPS of what the t-shirts will look like. I guarantee you will love them - they are super comfy and very high quality. These aren't your typical stiff, starchy tees. I have hand picked out the awesomely-comfy material from American Apparel. All shirts will be hand screen-printed by the amazing folks at 8/7 Central - a very talented design and printing studio out of Des Moines, Iowa. 

Adult "UNPOPULAR" Tee - $25
Adult "UNPOPULAR" Tee - $25

The Adult shirt (unisex) is being printed on 100% sheer jersey cotton. I chose it for it's slightly looser neck line (unlike most cheap tees that choke you out!) and it's comfy, relaxed material. They are pre-shrunk and laundered so you don't have to worry about them shrinking!

Kids "I EAT UNPOPULAR THINGS" T-Shirt - $20
Kids "I EAT UNPOPULAR THINGS" T-Shirt - $20

The Kid's shirt (unisex) is being printed on 50/50 Poly-Cotton, made with combed-cotton. I chose this one for it's super-soft feel and vibrant green color!

The UnPopular Dinner Plate
The UnPopular Dinner Plate
UNPOPULAR tattoos
UNPOPULAR tattoos
REAL FOOD magnets
REAL FOOD magnets
Personalized, hand-illustrated minibook by Elle Valentine... about anything you want!
Personalized, hand-illustrated minibook by Elle Valentine... about anything you want!

BEING UNPOPULAR 

Who wants to be unpopular? I think you do. Often times, the "unpopular" thing to do… is the right thing to do. And also, a very necessary thing to do. It takes guts. It makes you feel awkward. You’re outside the line, outside your (and everyone else’s) comfort zone. But that’s where the magic happens. The "unpopular" path is a hard one. But stick with it. Other brave "unpopular" minds looking for you, and they need you. (How convenient would it be if there was T-shirt to help them find each other? Oh wait a minute…) Stay true to your vision and mission – it’s ok to be unpopular. Together, we will make amazing things happen!

Risks and challenges

I have already written, illustrated and formatted the book. No surprises there.

Now I just need enough backing to take it to a professional printer. I have chosen to work with a printer in the USA for local and quality reasons. Assuming all goes well in the printing process, the rest should be smooth sailing! The same goes with the merchandise - all the goods have been designed and are ready to be created, it's just a matter of making sure the quality comes out as expected - which I believe will be superb!

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    I WILL EAT YOU --- A Kids "I EAT UNPOPULAR THINGS" T-Shirt. Watch out. Professionally hand screen-printed with love. Printed on comfy 50/50 Poly-Cotton (read to the left for more details!). Kid sizes only (unisex).

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    BOX OF PEAS --- The “ONE OF EACH, PEAS” package (1 SIGNED paperback book, 1 Kids Tee, 1 Adults Tee, and 2 tattoos), PLUS 2 magnets (“Eat Real Food” and ”Pea & Carrot”... to remind hungry fridge lurkers to eat healthy!), the digital book, and 5 more tattoos! (Want a hardback copy book instead? Add $10.)

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    PEA FAMILY --- 1 SIGNED paperback, 1 SIGNED hardback, 1 digital book copy, 2 Adult tees, 2 Kid tees, and 4 tattoos. So you can go on a matching book picnic in the park!

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    PEAS & CARROTS --- The “BOX OF PEAS” package (1 SIGNED paperback book, 1 digital book, 1 Kids Tee, 1 Adults Tee, 2 magnets, 7 tattoos) PLUS a signed 6 x 9 personalized hand-illustrated cartoon (1 item only - anything you want!) AND the official UnPopular dinner plate (to eat your veggies on!). (Want a hardcover book instead? Add $10.)

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    GROW YOUR OWN -- The "BOX OF PEAS" package (1 SIGNED paperback book, 1 digital book, 1 Kids Tee, 1 Adults Tee, 2 magnets, 7 tattoos), PLUS, a personalized hand-illustrated mini book! You pick the topic – I’ll write the story! It can be about anything (keep it fairly PG). Give me your name, your friends, your pet, your favorite things, locations, a moral point, a special occasion… whatever you want! Give it as a gift or treasure it for yourself. It will be hand illustrated and bound with love. (Want a hardcover copy of The UnPopular Pea (& Carrot) instead? Add $10)

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    THE ROYAL PEA --- The “Box of Peas” package (1 SIGNED paperback book, 1 digital book, 1 Kids Tee, 1 Adults Tee, 2 magnets, 7 tattoos), PLUS, I’ll hand-paint a huge portrait of you (or your cat, or your mother) doing whatever you want (skydiving, riding a unicorn, sitting by a fire stroking your mustache… whatever tickles your fancy).

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    THE FARMER'S MARKET --- Whatever you want (within budget limitations). I’ll come to your local school for a book reading. I’ll bake you a cake made of sweet veggies (it will rock your world!). I’ll introduce you to my dog. I’ll be your pen pal. I’ll sculpt you into your vegetable warrior action figure. It’s your money, let me know how you would like to see it spent! Any money left over will go towards getting The UnPopular Pea (& Carrot) into the hands of kids. Seriously, thank you! You’re making amazing things happen!

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