...there lived a girl. A Girl Who Spoke with Spiders.
Spiderella is an illustrated middle-grade novel written by Romey Petite and illustrated by Laurel Holden. It's perfect for kids ages 7-10 to read on their own. However, the story has appeal for readers of all ages, especially those seeking stories that celebrate girls' independence, ingenuity, and intelligence.
Starring Eleanor, a girl who dreams of escape...
Trapped in an attic and forced by her boss Minerva to work without pay, the girl dreams of adventure. You see, Eleanor is prized by Minerva because she can sew faster than any seamstress in the kingdom, thanks to some secrets she learned from her eight-legged friends. The story begins when Minerva tells Eleanor she has three days to make all the costumes for a Birthday Ball being thrown for the moody young Prince.
With some help from the spiders and a little bit of magic, Eleanor might just be able to finish the costumes and engineer her escape!
Above all, Spiderella is meant to teach young girls and boys to believe in their ideas and own their talents. Though she is teased and misunderstood, Eleanor's gifts empower her and take her soaring towards marvelous adventures and great heights.
The story's watercolors were painted by Laurel Holden and the words were written by Romey Petite. It’s a reading experience akin to a collaboration between Roald Dahl and Quentin Blake or Saint-Exupery’s The Little Prince.
After 6 years of working, the book is done!
Through grad school, a stint back in undergrad, and a long-distance relationship, Romey and Laurel worked together to see the story to completion.
The Kickstarter will help raise funds for a larger print run. In addition to fulfilling preorders, it will allow Romey and Laurel to take copies to small press conventions, independent bookstores, and festivals.
Spiderella: The Girl Who Spoke with Spiders is Book One of a trilogy. Romey has already begun writing Book Two and Laurel can't wait to paint her way back into the whimsical world. Funding this book brings the trilogy one step closer to completion and means they can fund future collaborations here on Kickstarter!
The e-book, paperback book, bookmarks, art prints, and a set of three plush flip-pillows featuring the characters!
Full-color prints on high-quality paper, featuring interpretations of the characters from fellow cartoonists who work in all different genres and media.
The set of three plush pillows will feature the characters in plain clothes on one side, and their costumes for the ball on the other! With fabric custom printed using Spoonflower, these pillows will be one-of-a-kind, handcrafted keepsakes.
Here's a list of all the reward tiers...
How Kickstarter Works:
To back our campaign, you'll select one of our reward tiers on the right.
By selecting a reward, you make a pledge that helps create the content you want to see. The money we raise for this campaign helps us both order a print run of 1,000 copies for Spiderella: The Girl Who Spoke with Spiders, but also helps us pay the artists for creating prints of their illustrations and for the cost of assembly for the hand-sewn plush dolls.
If you have any more questions about Kickstarter, please feel free to submit an ask by sending an email to either romeypetite (at) gmail (dot) com or laurelmax.holden (at) gmail (dot) com. Thank you for your support!
Risks and challenges
Romey and Laurel studied all aspects of book production at the Center for Cartoon Studies, from laying out the page, to preparing Indesign files for print. They have seen the finished Spiderella product, are very pleased with the print quality, and both feel confident that readers will be, as well! Their education and experience self-publishing comics and prose for the past 6+ years have prepared them for this project. They will apply the same work ethic to producing the prints and dolls.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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