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An entertaining and empowering story about a gymnast-in-the-making who loves living life upside down in a right side up world.
An entertaining and empowering story about a gymnast-in-the-making who loves living life upside down in a right side up world.
An entertaining and empowering story about a gymnast-in-the-making who loves living life upside down in a right side up world.
168 backers pledged CA$ 11,168 to help bring this project to life.

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ABOUT THIS PROJECT

Welcome to Kika the Upside Down Girl! My name is Jessica Tudos, and as creator of this project, I'm so excited to share more about our fun and inspiring kids story.

Kika coming to life through illustration
Kika coming to life through illustration

“Kids like me just wanna be free, upside down, you and me” is Kika’s  theme song, and it truly sets the stage for some incredible upside down adventures and heartfelt explorations she has at home, school, outdoors  and in a fliptastic place...the Gymnastics Emporium!

Ideal for 4-10 year olds, with a message that transcends age, Kika's adventurous story will appeal to readers who enjoy turning their world a little upside down to find happiness. And the whimsical acrobatic illustrations are super fun too!

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PRE-ORDER YOUR BOOKS, OR DONATE THEM TO LITERATURE FOR LIFE, BY OCTOBER 30th - JUST IN TIME FOR THE HOLIDAYS! 

**NEW REWARDS ADDED** For those who want to truly change lives, in exchange for a $25 contribution, we will DONATE 1 BOOK IN YOUR NAME to LITERATURE for LIFE, an amazing organization dedicated to unleashing the potential of underprivileged teen Moms through reading & literacy initiatives. THEY WILL BE DELIVERED by DEC 2013, not Jan '14.

Jessica reading Kika (in draft!) to Phoenix Chid Care kids
Jessica reading Kika (in draft!) to Phoenix Chid Care kids

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Parents, grandparents, uncles, aunts, cousins, friends, teachers, coaches, here's your chance to make a difference and bring beautifully designed 32-page, full-colour, hard cover books to kids everywhere - let's empower them to be all that they can be!

***PLEASE READ FAQ's FOR UPDATED U.S./INT'L SHIPPING PRICES at bottom***

Kika on her way to school!
Kika on her way to school!

WHY I WROTE THIS STORY

As an Olympic gymnast, educator & Mom, I want to inspire kids, and the grown ups who love and support them, to fully explore the ups, downs & upside downs of their interests and choices.  Overcoming challenges and uncertainty to carve a meaningful life path continue in my life, and my hope is that Kika's story will inspire readers to keep turning their worlds upside down in order to find fulfillment and joy in theirs.

Drawing from my own gymnastics journey, Kika The Upside Down Girl brings to life the story of an adventurous child who engages in life upside down, which was something I explored quite early as you can see...

Daily training for baby Jessica
Daily training for baby Jessica

As an Olympic gymnast, I know how it feels to spend over 10,000 hours upside down, training 30 hours per week, for over a decade. I was committed to perfecting new skills and the thrill of that feeling, but often, this choice was misunderstood, and I felt isolated and lonely at times.

The support of my parents, coaches and friends was essential to staying confident and focused as I worked towards reaching my full potential. 

My hope is that kids who read Kika the Upside Down Girl will acknowledge these inherent challenges, and draw on their unique strengths to find the support they need to continue exploring what they love.

Perseverance, hard work and trust eventually led me to the Olympic Games doing what I loved, which just so happened to be upside down!

Jessica upside down at the 1984 Olympic Games
Jessica upside down at the 1984 Olympic Games

As an educator, parent and speaker, I am fully committed to motivating kids to lead active, healthy lives. Shining a light on gymnastics, the "ultimate human movement experience" is one way to share this message. More on The Benefits of Gymnastics in a recent article I wrote.

WHAT WE ALREADY HAVE

It takes a lot of work to create a high quality picture book, and I am happy to share that all the pieces are in place to produce a fantastic book, a first in the "inspirational gymnastics-themed” picture book genre.

The story is complete. Sample illustrations by Mike Motz are done, and book designer Naomi Rose is completing the design. A detailed printing, distribution, marketing and promotion plan is in place - all we need now is your support to ensure we can print and distribute far and wide.

A few of Kika's fliptastic upside down moves
A few of Kika's fliptastic upside down moves

As an experienced project manager, I know how to “get good ideas done” and have prepared for Kika the Upside Down Girl’s success accordingly. More in my recent post, kickstarter as the best business coach.

Oh, and our rewards are awesome!

In addition to the beautiful book, which will be ready IN TIME FOR HOLIDAY GIFTS THIS YEAR, we have created some amazing opportunities for you to share in Kika's story: readings, book donations to Literature fro Life, motivational talks, hands-on gymnastics lessons, private coaching and a private lunch with Jessica and 3-time Olympic gold medalist in rowing Marnie McBean!  All our rewards are listed on the right!

Most importantly, what we already have is YOU – the community. 

Which brings me to…

WHY I AM ASKING FOR SUPPORT

Bringing a new kids picture book to life independently takes a significant amount of time, energy and money, more than I could have known when I first envisioned reading my son a fun story about an upside down kid. My desire to produce an inspiring, high quality book has never wavered, and I know that with your support, we will get there. Kika will be produced.

The funds I am seeking cover the basic costs of creating, printing, distributing & marketing the book, which breaks down to:

  • time and labor in the illustration & design of the book
  • creation and management of Kika’s marketing & online presence
  • print run of 1,000 books
  • shipping to all of you, our backers

The ideas don’t stop there! If we raise more than our goal, we can:

  • print additonal books that can be distributed to a wider audience
  • create an animated e-book
  • create support materials for parents, educators, coaches, etc.
  • plan a book tour and reach many, many more readers

The more we raise, the more we can do.  For those new to Kickstarter, it‘s an all or nothing proposition. If we reach our funding goal, we can utilize the funds; if we fall short, we get nothing. So, we're going for gold!

Have a question about Kika the Upside Down Girl's Kickstarter project? Discuss this project online at Crowdfundingforum.com!

Kicking It Forward.  As a strong supporter of crowdfunded projects, I intend to Kick it Forward, using a portion of the funds raised here to back other projects.  http://kickingitforward.org

GOALS FOR THE PROJECT

My project goals are to:

  • inspire readers to see the world from their unique perspective
  • create a beautiful book that readers will LOVE to share
  • create speaking/teaching opportunities to share Kika's message
  • empower kids to thrive in order to make the world a better place

WHAT YOU CAN DO NEXT

1. PRE-ORDER:  Press the green "back this project" button on the right side of the page to get your copies of Kika the Upside Down Girl

2. SHARE:   Email, post on Facebook, Tweet, blog, talk it up – help Kika’s campaign travel far & wide

3. CELEBRATE:  Share your upside down memories and/or pictures with the hashtag #kikaupsidedown or email them to jessica@kikacreative.com. We will be showcasing your entries throughout the campaign!

Thank you so much for your support!

Risks and challenges

With all preparations firmly in place, I do not foresee any risks or challenges. If for any reason we are unable to deliver our books in December 2013, backers will be sent a gift card for their purchase along with an updated timeline for receipt of their books.

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    Pledge CA$ 10 or more About $10

    BACK HANDSPRING: Your own set of THREE Kika the Upside Down Girl BOOKMARKS + access to all project updates + thank you on jessicatudos.com. Free shipping worldwide.

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    Pledge CA$ 20 or more About $19

    FRONT WALKOVER: Yours to view anytime, a PDF VERSION of Kika the Upside Down Girl + thank you on www.jessicatudos.com

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    FLYAWAY FULL: For those who want to truly change lives, in exchange for your $25 contribution, one book, in both our names, WILL BE DONATED to LITERATURE for LIFE (www.literatureforlife.org), an amazing organization dedicated to unleashing the potential of underprivileged teen Moms through reading & literacy initiatives.

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    Pledge CA$ 30 or more About $29

    ONE ARM HANDSTAND: As an early backer, you get a 1st EDITION FULL COLOUR 32-PAGE HARDCOVER copy of Kika the Upside Down Girl + thank you on www.jessicatudos.com -- Free shipping in Canada. USA orders add $10. Int'l orders add $15.

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    Pledge CA$ 45 or more About $44

    FRONT HANDSPRING: Especially for you, a PERSONALIZED INSCRIPTION & UPSIDE DOWN DRAWING inside your hardcover copy of Kika the Upside Down Girl + Kika PDF VERSION + Kika bookmark + thank you on www.jessicatudos.com -- Free shipping in Canada. USA orders add $10. Int'l orders add $15.

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    FLYAWAY DOUBLE FULL: For those who want to truly change lives, in exchange for your $50 contribution, you will receive 1 signed copy of the book, AND ONE COPY WILL BE DONATED, in both our names, to LITERATURE for LIFE (www.literatureforlife.org), an amazing organization dedicated to unleashing the potential of underprivileged teen Moms through reading & literacy initiatives.

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    Pledge CA$ 60 or more About $58

    DOUBLE BACK: You get TWO PERSONALIZED COPIES of Kika the Upside Down Girl + PDF copy + 2 bookmarks + thank you on www.jessicatudos.com -- Free shipping in Canada. USA orders add $10. Int'l orders add $15. We can send books to 2 different addresses - holiday gift idea perhaps?!

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    Pledge CA$ 100 or more About $97

    TRIPLE TWIST: Lucky you, THREE SIGNED COPIES of Kika the Upside Down Girl + bookmarks + thank you on www.jessicatudos.com -- Free shipping in Canada. USA orders add $15. Int'l orders add $25. We'll send books to different addresses - just in time for holiday gift giving!

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    Pledge CA$ 250 or more About $243

    ARABIAN PUNCH FRONT: TEN SIGNED COPIES of the book + thank you on www.jessicatudos.com. Free delivery within Toronto area. Shipping extra outside of the GTA - to be discussed. ****************** OR ****************

    A memorable 30 minute VISIT IN-PERSON (in the GTA) or VIA SKYPE with Olympic gymnast, educator and motivational speaker Jessica Tudos + 1 signed book + thank you on www.jessicatudos.com. Could be a reading, gymnastics lesson, etc.

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    Pledge CA$ 350 or more About $340

    COMENICI FULL: Inspire your group with a PERSONALIZED 1-HOUR MOTIVATIONAL TALK or WORKSHOP (In-person or via Skype) by motivational speaker, Olympic gymnast & educator Jessica Tudos + 2 signed copies of the book + thank you on www.jessicatudos.com -- more on topics @ www.kikacreative.com/speaking

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    Pledge CA$ 500 or more About $485

    DOUBLE LAYOUT: Join 3-TIME OLYMPIC ROWING CHAMPION MARNIE McBEAN & Olympic gymnast & project creator Jessica Tudos over an INSPIRING OLYMPIANS LUNCH in the GTA. Up to 4 backers can attend (4 x $125 each = lunch!). Each attendee receives a personally inscripted book + thank you on www.jessicatudos.com.

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    Pledge CA$ 1,200 or more About $1,164

    OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALLIST: Receive PERSONAL COACHING for 12 MONTHS -- 1 hour/month + email support in-person (in the GTA) or via phone/Skype by eduprenuer & Olympian Jessica Tudos + 1 PERSONALIZED COPY OF THE BOOK + thank you on www.jessicatudos.com. This opportunity is for individuals who truly want to turn their world upside down and reach new heights in 2014.

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    Pledge CA$ 3,000 or more About $2,910

    OLYMPIC DOUBLE GOLD MEDALLIST: FREE ACCESS for up to 4 people to the 2014 LAUNCH PAD CREATIVE RETREAT led by Jessica Tudos + PERSONAL or SMALL GROUP COACHING = 1 hour/month + email support for 12 months in-person (in the GTA) or via phone/Skype for up to 4 people by eduprenuer and Olympian Jessica Tudos + personalized book for each participant + thank you on www.jessicatudos.com. This opportunity is for individuals and/or small groups who want to achieve great results in 2014 through structured coaching and a personalized retreat.

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