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This is a brand-new picture-book adaptation of a German folk tale, which captures all the humor and sing-song poetry of the original.
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Back in the day, in Cologne, life was easy.
All the work was done--FREE!--by the Imps. 

Ah, those were the days! I've completed and road tested a quirky translation of a fun German kids' poem about helpful imps who did everybody's work in the old city of Cologne. 

Here come the Imps!
Here come the Imps!

Kids like it. Parents like it. Librarians and school teachers like it. And I'm betting that if you like sing-song poetry in the vein of Shel Silverstein, Doctor Seuss, Jack Prelutsky, or Matt Lake, you'll like it too. 

It's an old German folk tale with a friendly twist, chock-full of quaint and appealing illustrations from an old edition that's long out of copyright. And I'm making two versions of it. 

One is family-friendly and doesn't include details of how the imps helped the butcher make sausage. 

The other includes the original illustrations, complete with flying pig bits. 

So help me bring this cute little book to market, would you? I have recruited a talented calligrapher to ink the translation around the original illustrations. She's great...but she has to pay her rent, so I'm paying her a proper living wage for her work. 

Will you help? If so...you could be one of my helpful imps and get all the goodies listed on the right, hand-signed by me (the translator), Yelena (the calligrapher), and the helpful imps themselves. 

Cheers!

Matt

Your pledge will pay a calligrapher to adapt this cool script for the English translation
Your pledge will pay a calligrapher to adapt this cool script for the English translation

Risks and challenges

The risks of getting this book to market are minimal: I can cover the production costs myself. I have a proven track record of handling production: I did this with my first Kickstart, Night of the Krampus.

Thanks to the proceeds of my last project, courtesy of my lovely Kickstart buddies, I can also afford to handle the production of the book. These Kickstart funds are to cover the calligrapher's work and other specialized publishing tasks I can't handle myself.

When dealing with printers, deadlines can slip a little, so my ambitious goal of getting things to you in November may slide into early December. However, I pledge to get your books in your hands in time for holiday gift-giving, even if this means direct shipping from the printer and hand-signing a special bookplate to personalize your book.

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    You'll get a quirky thank-you postcard, hand-signed by the Imps!

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    Yowsa! You get a digital download of the family-friendly A Little Help From the Imps...plus a quirky thank-you postcard, hand-signed by the imps!

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    A copy of the family-friendly or pig-bits version of A Little Help From the Imps!
    Subscribers in the European Union will have their copies printed on demand in a nearby country and shipped rapidly to them. Subscribers in the United States will have theirs handled by the Imps in our shipping plant.
    Plus: A link to download our new Heinzelmann hand-crafted font, specially made for this project, for your personal use.

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    For lovers of quirky literature with friends of similar taste: Two copies of A Little Help from the Imps (family friendly version). Plus: A quirky thank-you postcard, hand-signed by the imps!
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    You get the Imps double-bill! Two versions of the paperback soon-to-be-classic, A Little Help from the Imps--both the family friendly version AND the original not-for-the-faint-hearted version with flying pig bits.
    Plus: A link to download our new Heinzelmann hand-crafted font, specially made for this project, for your personal use.

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    I'll read you or your little guy A Little Help from the Imps. I'll ship you a copy of the book, and include a unique, personalized DVD of me reading the book with a personal introduction to whomever you like. Plus: A quirky thank-you postcard, hand-signed by the imps!
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    I'll read you or your little guy A Little Help from the Imps--IN ENGLISH AND THE ORIGINAL GERMAN. I'll ship you three copies of the book, (your combination of family friendly and pig-bits versions) and include a unique, personalized DVD of me reading the book in English, and the original Hi Ha Heinzelmannchen, with a personal introduction to whomever you like. In English or German. Plus: A quirky thank-you postcard, hand-signed by the imps!
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    I'll come anywhere in the Northeastern United States with a box of 20 books, distribute them and read them to you and your friends or school or library or whatever group you like. And afterwards, the imps will vacuum your downstairs and do your dishes.
    Plus: A USB key containing our new Heinzelmann hand-crafted font, specially made for this project, and a license for your personal or professional use.

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