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Every year, right before hibernation, all the bears in the forest gather for a rollicking game of BEAR HOCKEY!
Every year, right before hibernation, all the bears in the forest gather for a rollicking game of BEAR HOCKEY!
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Bear Hockey Picture Book

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Well, hi there!
Welcome to our Kickstarter project! We're Buttertart Books, a brand new Canadian children's publishing company. Our goal is to raise enough to print our very first picture book, Bear Hockey, and get it into the hands of awesome people like you.

What's the story?
Every year, right before hibernation, all the bears in the forest gather for a rousing game of Bear Hockey. But wait...what IS Bear Hockey? Well, it's not exactly like regular hockey, that's for sure. Basically, it's the most fun game you've never played! The rules are simple:

The Rules of Bear Hockey
1. You use MANY pine cones instead of one puck.
2. You high five all the players and spectators multiple times before you start playing.
3. You take frequent, frequent, FREQUENT honey breaks.
4. When the last pine cone is scored, it's time for HIBERNATION! 

Want to meet some of our Bear Hockey players? Here they are!

What they lack in organization, they make up for in enthusiasm!
What they lack in organization, they make up for in enthusiasm!

Why will my kid love the story?
Big or small, short or tall, every bear is welcome to play the game - and we think this is a great message for our young readers to hear. But most importantly, Bear Hockey is a lot of fun to read. It's a perfect going-to-bed book for the preschool and school-age crowd (no scary bits and a quiet and peaceful ending) and the art is just gorgeous. Whether your kiddo is into sports, into bears, or just into excellent stories, they're sure to be a fan of Bear Hockey!

Hooray for Bear Hockey!
Hooray for Bear Hockey!

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Check out our rewards!
We've got lots of wonderful rewards for our amazing backers. Look to the right and see what level suits you best!

Who are we?

I’m Jessica Boyd. I’m the founder of Buttertart Books and the author of Bear Hockey. In my past life, I worked as a creative lead, senior writer and advice hippo for Webkinz World.  I adore picture books, and have spent my life collecting, reading and writing them.

Currently, I spend my days chasing my daughters, ages 2 and 4. My husband and I live with our girls just outside of Toronto, and we are all very excited about Bear Hockey!

Hello, I’m Maurizio Curto. I am the Illustrator of Bear Hockey. I have 10+ years of experience in the children’s interactive industry, producing artwork through my illustrations and designs.

I have also have been involved in puppetry, where I have operated puppets and created custom voices for elves, wizards, ghosts, and yes, even a talking tree. My lovely wife and two cats are always there to brighten my day and support me when I need it most.

We know you're going to love Bear Hockey as much as we do!

 

 

Risks and challenges

There are no risks when it comes to the art or copy; the book is 100% done! The only minor risk would be in producing the actual books. We have a printer lined up, so any risk would just be a slight delay. But we don't think that's going to happen!

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    Forest League Fan

    Pledge $10 and receive an eBook version of Bear Hockey, perfect for reading on your favourite device!

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    Rookie of the Year

    As rookie of the year, you'll get your very own totally hilarious and completely gorgeous hardcover copy of Bear Hockey, plus an eBook version for when you're out and about.

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    Bear Hockey Super Fan

    Since you're such a super fan, we'll send you the Bear Hockey eBook, a gorgeous hardcover copy of the book, along with four fun Bear Hockey trading cards that you can keep or swap with a pal!

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    All-Star Player

    Being the all-star that you are, you'll get the Bear Hockey eBook, a pack of four fun Bear Hockey cards (to keep or trade), and a wonderful SIGNED hardcover copy of Bear Hockey.

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    Team Captain

    As captain, it's your job to make sure everyone has a good game (and, in this case, gets a good book). With this reward level, you'll get 5 hardcover copies of Bear Hockey, along with a poster.

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    Hall of Famer

    As a hall of famer, you will get:
    * The Bear Hockey eBook
    * 4 Bear Hockey cards
    * A signed hardcover copy of Bear Hockey
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    * A custom (8x10 inch) drawing of a Bear Hockey player, created to look like a friend or loved one (jersey can be custom-coloured, features of the bear can be adjusted). Our illustrator, Maurizio Curto, will make this a one-of-a-kind reward!
    This is the reward for the serious bear hockey fan!

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