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Albert is confused...so he goes on a quest to figure out what kind of animal he is with help from his underwater friends.
Albert is confused...so he goes on a quest to figure out what kind of animal he is with help from his underwater friends.
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STRETCH GOAL!

Now that we've reached our Kickstarter goal we can offer a "Stretch Goal"! That's something every Backer gets if we reach our next milestone. If we get to $22,500 before the campaign ends (10pm CST tonight) then every Backer gets a hand-signed 4x6 photo print of the Albert artwork!  1 per order.


The author and illustrator:

Hey! I’m Christopher Straub, an artist who's known best for my time on Project Runway season 6. Since the show I’ve done tons of product development including plush animals and other items to benefit children’s charities. A great majority of my followers are parents with young children and I know that a picture book is the next step. This is my first children’s book to be published and I hope it’s not the last.

The story:

Albert the Confused Manatee is a story about one animal’s quest to figure out what kind of animal he is. With the help of his 15 underwater friends Albert learns that, even though they have differences they also have a lot in common. Ideal for ages 3-5.

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Why KICKSTARTER?

My goal is to get the book and the plush toy in your hands by this holiday season. With the help of my friends, followers, fans and supporters we can make that happen. All Pledge Rewards will be shipped in October or November, depending on production timelines.

NOW, THE FUN PART:

HERE'S WHAT YOU GET WITH YOUR PLEDGES...

(Keep scrolling to see a description of the items.  All rewards are expected to be shipped to you in October/November)

ABOUT THE REWARDS:

The KICKSTARTER exclusive postcard:

A cool “Thanks KICKSTARTER supporter” in the form of a 4” x 6” card featuring concept-art from the creation of the book and will be signed by Christopher Straub. *This item is a KICKSTARTER exclusive and will not be available after this campaign.

The book: 

This 9” x 9” hardcover children’s book contains 40 pages of original, full-color, drawings by illustrator and author Christopher Straub. *As part of the KICKSTARTER campaign, each copy will be signed by Christopher.

The plush:

“Albert” is 9” tall, when seated, and 14” from head to tail. He’s made with soft, grey, textured fabric and has solid black eyes and whiskers. Includes an attached hang-tag and tush-tag.  The plush "Albert" toy will be darker than the sample in the video.  *As part of the KICKSTARTER campaign, the hang-tag will be signed by Christopher.

Hand-Made Deluxe “Albert” plush:

This deluxe “Albert” is made from grey sweatshirt fleece and hand-created by Christopher Straub from his home studio in Shakopee, Minnesota.  The plush toy is 17” tall, when seated, and 22” from head to tail.   He features exposed seams and finished with button eyes, hand-stitched details, and “Christopher Straub” label. *Only a few of these will be available as part of this KICKSTARTER campaign and will be signed by Christopher.

Original painting:

Christopher Straub is an accomplished painter and he’ll create an original painting of “Albert” or his other animal friends depending on which Pledge Reward you choose. It will be acrylic paint on 20” x 24” or larger to fit your preferences. Also, if there is a specific style or color scheme that you’d like please let me know and I’ll be happy to accommodate.  Below, is one that I just completed that is 30" tall x 24" wide.  The first supporter to select the $1,500 or $10,000 option will receive this exact one (if they so choose).

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Risks and challenges

My major challenges are simply the process of self-publishing coupled with having a plush toy made to go along with the book. After interviewing several professionals within the publishing world I’ve decide that KICKSTARTER is the best way to get the book and the plush toys in the hands of kids for holiday gift giving this year.

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    Pledge $5 or more About $5

    POSTCARD:
    ~Full color "Albert the Confused Manatee" hand-signed postcard.

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    HARDCOVER BOOK & POSTCARD:
    ~Hand-signed "Albert the Confused Manatee" book
    ~Postcard

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    PLUSH MANATEE & POSTCARD:
    ~9" tall plush "Albert" toy with hand-signed tag
    ~Postcard

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    HARDCOVER BOOK, PLUSH MANATEE & POSTCARD:
    ~Hand-signed "Albert the Confused Manatee" book
    ~9" tall plush "Albert" toy with hand-signed tag
    ~Hand-signed postcard

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    *FAMILY PACK* 3 PLUSH MANATEES, HARDCOVER BOOK & POSTCARD:
    ~Hand-signed "Albert the Confused Manatee" book
    ~THREE 9" tall plush "Albert" toys with hand-signed tag
    ~Hand-signed postcard

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    2 HARDCOVER BOOKS, 2 PLUSH MANATEES & 2 POSTCARDS: ~ 2 Hand-signed "Albert the Confused Manatee" books ~2 9" tall plush "Albert" toys with hand-signed tag ~2 Hand-signed postcards (Includes domestic shipping costs)

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    5 HARDCOVER BOOK & 5 POSTCARDS:
    ~FIVE Hand-signed "Albert the Confused Manatee" books
    ~FIVE Hand-signed postcards

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    5 PLUSH MANATEES & 5 POSTCARDS:
    ~FIVE 9" tall plush "Albert" toys with hand-signed tag
    ~FIVE Hand-signed postcards

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    3 HARDCOVER BOOKS, 3 PLUSH MANATEES & 3 POSTCARDS: ~ 3 Hand-signed "Albert the Confused Manatee" books ~3 9" tall plush "Albert" toys with hand-signed tag ~3 Hand-signed postcards (Includes domestic shipping costs)

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    HAND-MADE 17" TALL PLUSH MANATEE & POSTCARD:
    ~Limited Edition 17" tall plush Manatee hand-made by Christopher Straub
    ~Hand-signed postcard

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    Pledge $240 or more About $240

    HAND-MADE 17" TALL PLUSH MANATEE, HARDCOVER BOOK, 9" PLUSH MANATEE & POSTCARD: ~Limited Edition 17" tall plush Manatee hand-made by Christopher Straub ~Hand-signed "Albert the Confused Manatee" book ~9" tall plush "Albert" toy with hand-signed tag ~Hand-signed postcard (Includes domestic shipping costs)
    Estimated delivery: Nov 2014
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    10 HARDCOVER BOOKS, 10 9" PLUSH MANATEES & 10 POSTCARDS:
    ~10 Hand-signed "Albert the Confused Manatee" books
    ~10 9" tall plush "Albert" toys with hand-signed tag
    ~10 Hand-signed postcards

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    HAND-MADE 17" TALL PLUSH MANATEE, 10 HARDCOVER BOOKS, 10 9" PLUSH MANATEES & 10 POSTCARDS:
    ~Limited Edition 17" tall plush Manatee hand-made by Christopher Straub
    ~10 Hand-signed "Albert the Confused Manatee" books
    ~10 9" tall plush "Albert" toys with hand-signed tag
    ~10 Hand-signed postcards

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    "ALBERT" ORIGINAL PAINTING, 10 HARDCOVER BOOKS, 10 9" PLUSH MANATEES & 10 POSTCARDS:
    ~One-Of-A-Kind original painting by Christopher Straub of "Albert". Size is 24" x 20" (or whatever size works for you) and unframed
    ~10 Hand-signed "Albert the Confused Manatee" books
    ~10 9" tall plush "Albert" toys with hand-signed tag
    ~10 Hand-signed postcards

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    "FRIEND" ORIGINAL PAINTING, 10 HARDCOVER BOOKS, 10 9" PLUSH MANATEES & 10 POSTCARDS:
    ~One-Of-A-Kind original painting by Christopher Straub of your choice of one of "Albert's" friends from the book. Size is 24" x 20" (or whatever size works for you) and unframed
    ~10 Hand-signed "Albert the Confused Manatee" books
    ~10 9" tall plush "Albert" toys with hand-signed tag
    ~10 Hand-signed postcards

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    ***GRAND SUPPORTER*** 2 HAND-MADE 17" TALL PLUSH MANATEE, 100 HARDCOVER BOOKS, 100 9" PLUSH MANATEES, 100 POSTCARDS:
    ~2 Limited Edition 17" tall plush Manatee hand-made by Christopher Straub ~100 Hand-signed "Albert the Confused Manatee" books
    ~100 9" tall plush "Albert" toys with hand-signed tag
    ~100 Hand-signed postcards

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    ***SUPER SUPPORTER*** "ALBERT" ORIGINAL PAINTING, 2 "FRIEND" ORIGINAL PAINTINGS, 100 HARDCOVER BOOKS, 100 9" PLUSH MANATEES, 100 POSTCARDS:
    ~One-Of-A-Kind original painting by Christopher Straub of "Albert". Size is 24" x 20" (or whatever size works for you) and unframed
    ~TWO One-Of-A-Kind original paintings by Christopher Straub of your choice of two of "Albert's" friends from the book. Size is 24" x 20" (or whatever size works for you) and unframed
    ~100 Hand-signed "Albert the Confused Manatee" books
    ~100 9" tall plush "Albert" toys with hand-signed tag
    ~100 Hand-signed postcards

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