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A young boy sets out on the most amazing adventure. Will he find the elusive unicorn that he's been looking for, before he loses hope?
A young boy sets out on the most amazing adventure. Will he find the elusive unicorn that he's been looking for, before he loses hope?
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That's Not a Unicorn! is an inspirational adventure storybook filled with the creatures discovered by a young explorer. Join us on an expedition to discover the Yeti, Jack-a-lope, Lock Ness, and many more in this inspirational tale written by a teacher and illustrated by students ages 10-13.

THE STORY BEHIND "That's Not a Unicorn!":

As a teacher and parent I am constantly looking for fun ways to engage my children and students in teachable moments that ignite their imagination.

This story was born out of an illustration that I shared with my middle school students as I was encouraging them to keep your heads up during the tough times in life. 

This encouraging story evolved into the tale of a young explorer who was searching for the elusive unicorn that his grandfather said did not exist.  The explorer search high and low and discovered many amazing creatures, but his grandfather's only response was, "That's not a unicorn."

The explorer pressed on, but eventually became weary and sat downcast in a meadow. Head down and sad the boy doesn't see the unicorn prance right in front of him. Instead of looking up he focused only on the doubting words of his grandfather. 

So the illustration has turned into a really fun story about not giving up and going after your dreams, and my students have spent many hours drawing pictures based on the story. 

That's Not a Unicorn! is completely written, illustrated, and ready to print in both paperback and limited edition hardcover. My students and I are now excited to raise the funds needed to publish our book. Please join us in making this dream a reality.  Through our efforts on Kickstarter we plan to self-publish the book. In order to fund this we will be taking pre-orders as well as offering some amazing bonus material such as our stickers, bookmarks, poster, calendar and t-shirt.

The money raised on Kickstarter will go to:

  • 1) Publishing this amazing student illustrated book.
  • 2) Giving each student a copy of the book.  Can you imagine holding a book in your hands that you helped make, and that had your name in the credits?  A pretty awesome and inspirational learning experience. Let's give students a taste of success.
  • 3) Giving incredible exclusive rewards to our amazing backers.

Please join the "THAT'S NOT A UNICORN FAMILY" and help us bring this story of perseverance and dreams to the world. I truly believe that you can help show my students that there are amazing avenues(like Kickstarter) to use your gifts, talents and express your dreams.

Please feel free to spread the word about our storybook.
Our story can be shared under the guidelines of a Creative Commons License.

Please support the creative community!
Please support the creative community!

That's Not a Unicorn! by Brian Neuenschwander is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.


Take a look at the exclusive rewards we have available for members of the TNAU family!

Stickers
Stickers
Student Designed Bookmarks
Student Designed Bookmarks
Poster of Student Illistrations
Poster of Student Illistrations
Logo Coffee Mug
Logo Coffee Mug
Calendar of Student Illistrations
Calendar of Student Illistrations
Logo T-shirt.
Logo T-shirt.
Pink Ladies T
Pink Ladies T

BONUS REWARDS

As we have reached full funding we are celebrating Thanksgiving by unlocking some special treats. 

THANKSGIVING DAY BONUS SALE ITEMS

VERY Limited number available for a limited time this Thanksgiving starting at 9am PT.

MESSENGER BAG

Rickshaw MiniZero  Messenger Bag
Rickshaw MiniZero Messenger Bag

A special reward package covered in art. Perfect for your ipad or other tablet. (Dimensions 8"H x 9"W)  Will come with your choice of soft-cover book or digital download of the e-book. PLUS poster, bookmark and sticker.

Normally a $130 value for only $105.

Limited number available for a limited time this Thanksgiving starting at 9am PT.

Multi-BOOK Discount BONUS

For a short time a blessed few will be able to grab some very special deals.

 Very Limited number available for a limited time this Thanksgiving.

Risks and challenges

The truth is that you can have a great book, but if people don't talk about it the book goes nowhere. I need your help not to just fund but to spread the word. Please donate, post, link, like and share this project with all your friends and family.

It is true that this isn't my first time working on a children's book, but this will be my first children's book not commissioned by a client for their personal use and not mass market. Thus all the pressure is on my shoulders and I need a group of people who will believe in this project and help me make bring THAT'S NOT A UNICORN!, to life.

I have located a publishing house that will produce a limited run of the finished book (funded through your Kickstarter donations). This run will also include ebook and app based releases.

"That's Not a Unicorn!" is already 100% written and illustrated. We are in process of editing and will be ready to go for the printers in the next few weeks. We are working with a publisher that has an excellent reputation for producing excellent quality books.

Time will also be needed for emailing, getting together prizes, as well as signing and shipping out books.

I am expecting to have the books printed in December. However, preparation and shipping of the books and backer rewards will be a a time-consuming effort. Therefore, most prize levels have an expected delivery date of January.

However...

IF YOU WANT YOUR BOOKS AND REWARDS IN TIME TO BE CHRISTMAS GIFTS, PLEASE LEAVE US A NOTE ABOUT IT WHEN YOU MAKE YOUR PLEDGE! Just post a comment or send me an email. We will make every effort to try and get books to you in time for the Christmas, but ONLY if you request it. We will make every effort to accommodate your requests.

We are ready to tackle this challenge. Please join us in this adventure.

Thank you for your support!

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