OK! WE ARE A BUNCH OF FUNDEDSAURUSES! SO.. IT'S TIME TO TAKE A STRETCH
If we get to $6,000 then we will add embossed lettering to the cover (which Iris calls fuzzy letters, but they're not, but don't try arguing with her, actually, ok, you can try but she'll win). Embossed lettering will make the book more fun to touch! Just imagine feeling the dot of the "i" the hole in the "o", the.. well... you get it.
Second stretch goal: For every $1,000 we raise over $6,000 (starting at $7,000) we will add another page to the book!
“I'M A BUNCH OF DINOSAURS” is a kids book, pretty much written by a kid for other kids. My daughter, Iris, came up with the idea after watching an episode of Nick Jr’s “Dino Dan” when she was three years old – She said, “Daddy, when I watch TV, I’m a Watchasaurus,” and things moved from there. Every day when I came home from work, she would tell me what kind of dinosaur she was or I was (“Daddy, when you come home from work, you’re an Exhaustasaurus”).
Iris is nearly five years old now, but the shtick has never gotten old. She keeps getting more creative with age, we've expanded beyond Watchasaurus, to Cuddlesaurus, to even “When I’m sad, I’m a Cryceratops” (which is both sad and so very cute at the same time). Over the past couple of years I've collected my favorites "Iris-sauruses", and when I felt I had the perfect list, I pitched the idea of a book to Iris and she loved it.
For art, I turned to my friend and co-collaborator John “Super Ugly” Williams, whose art I collect beyond reason. Super Ugly draws the best monsters. His creations always manage to capture a unique human element that appeals to the kid in me. I showed some of his work to Iris, and she vehemently approved.
With her seal of a approval, Ug and I got to work. Together I think we've created something fantastic. A children’s book that’s fun to read and encourages kids to be creative. My hope is that after reading our book, your child starts imagining what kind of made-up dinosaurs they are.
"I'M A BUNCH OF DINOSAURS" is going to be 13 double panels (26 pages in all) on 7x7 inch tough, semi-gloss recycled cardboard stock – designed to survive several generations of kidosaurs that may try to chew it, jump on it, slash it, or teach it to fly.
The book is fun, and Iris loves it. Every time Ug submits a finished page, Iris reviews it with a keen eye and provides feedback while jumping up and down on the bed. For example, when she saw the Lotsofunadon swinging on the swing she said, “Daddy, he should say, ‘wheeee!’” – and Ug made it so.
Yes, we have clothing and lunchbox options, of course! But not many beyond those. I wanted to keep the reward levels simple because this really is about the book, but simple doesn't mean boring! Take a look through the rewards and find a level that works for you:
STILL AVAILABLE There's one more unique reward you can get: Your very own dino designed by your child with the help of Tal, John, and, of course, Iris. Look for the Creatorsaurus Jr. reward level!
SOLD OUT One unique reward is an opportunity for your child to create their own imaginary dino to be featured in the book!! I will work with your child and you to create a one-of-a-kind pretendasaurus, and John will bring it to life. I really can’t think of a better present to give to a great kid than their own page in a book. This special reward was Iris’ idea, she told me, “If you’re going to sell the book, then you should share the book.”
SOLD OUT And of course, one of you lucky kiddos (or grownups) could have Super Ugly come over to your house and paint a dinosaur or monster or whatever you can imagine mural on your wall! I really can’t think of anything cooler than having an original Ugly on my bedroom wall.
Risks and challenges
From a financial perspective, there is no risk, since this project will get printed through Aniligital, which is a profitable label. The main reason we're going the Kickstarter route is because we don't want to deal with a middleman (aka distributor).
Otherwise, the risks involved with a project like this usually deal with production and proofing. We want to make sure this project is perfect and the product is beautiful and durable, so we are using Regent Print Productions who we've dealt with before - they are committed to our utmost satisfaction in the final product. As soon as the project is funded we will print the clothing and lunch boxes through Zazzle, which is a very reputable branded product outfit. We will order all shipping supplies and have them ready for the book to arrive. Production is usually 6 weeks, but we have given ourselves more time because we'd rather you be pleasantly surprised rather than annoyingly annoyed. We will stay in contact with every backer, giving you updates as they come to us. We're both big believers in crowdfunding, John's first book "Check Please" is a Kickstarter success story, so we know the model is repeatable.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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