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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, our muse, in her natural habitat
Iris, our muse, in her natural habitat

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.

We have put together a great list of rewards!
We have put together a great list of rewards!

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.

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    Supportasaurus. You don’t actually want they book, but you want to support the project. You get one of the pages from “I'M A BUNCH OF DINOSAURS" as a desktop wallpaper, and Iris will bounce on the couch in your honor.

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    Bookadactyl. You get the "I'M A BUNCH OF DINOSAURS" book! The whole book! And nothing but the book! Well, actually you get the wallpaper too, but no shipping charges on that because internet. Also, the book ships free in USA. 'murica!

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    Doubledactyl. Double your dinos, double your fun! You get two copies of our "I'M A BUNCH OF DINOSAURS" book! Two whole books! You only get one wallpaper though. But you can copy it as many times as you like thanks to the wonders of technology! Also, the books ship free in USA.

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    Shirtasaurus Rex. You get a custom organic cotton shirt (or infant onesie) with a one-of-a-kind “I'M A BUNCH OF DINOSAURS” print on it. Oh, and you also get the book, and the wallpaper. What a deal!

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    Unshirted Lunchboxadon. You get a custom Yubo lunch box with a one-of-a-kind “I'M A BUNCH OF DINOSAURS” print on it. In case you don’t know, Yubo is an eco-friendly 100% dishwasher safe lunch box.. BUT it's not just any lunch box, this one will have the "I'M A BUNCH OF DINOSAURS" book in it! BUT don't eat the book! Although it shall look delicious, we assure you it is a treat for the mind, not the tummy. And of course, you get the wallpaper too. Don't eat that either.

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    Lunchboxadon. You get a custom Yubo lunch box with a one-of-a-kind “I'M A BUNCH OF DINOSAURS” print on it. In case you don’t know, Yubo is an eco-friendly 100% dishwasher safe lunch box. Oh, and the lunchbox comes with a shirt (or infant onesie). And the shirt comes with a book! And the book comes with the wallpaper! But the wallpaper is cursed! (Just kidding).

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    Creatorceratops Jr. Child of Creatorceratops! This reward level is for an original Super Ugly drawing and digital file of an imaginary dinosaur from the mind of your little one that Tal and John (and possibly Iris as a creative consultant) will bring to life in the style of the book. Note that this dinosaur will not be in "I'M A BUNCH OF DINOSAURS"! (but maybe if we make a sequel??) And yes, it comes with the Lunchboxadon package, 'cos dinos gotta eat.

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    Creatorceratops. This is a biggie. Your child is creative and a little bit wacky. They've got what it takes to make up their own imaginary dinosaur and you've got the disposable income to bring it to life in our book. Tal and John will work closely with you and your child, in person if you’re in Northern California, or over a Google Hangout if you’re somewhere else. Iris (Tal's daugher, our muse) herself might drop by to supervise and assist, and possibly remind us when it’s snack time. Your child will get a special thanks in the book. This will be awesome. The gift of a lifetime. Did we mention there’s only one of these? And it comes with the Lunchboxadon package to boot!

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    Sabre-Toothed Uglover. You know Super Ugly. You love Super Ugly. Your child thinks Ug is pretty cool too. You want to bring Ugly home with you and keep him there forever to paint your bidding. Now you can! (Sort of). John “Super Ugly” Williams will come to your house and paint a custom mural on a wall. You will hang out and discuss what kind of mural (it doesn't have to be a dinosaur), and a bunch of other details. Note that John is in Northern California, so if your house is not in Northern California, travel arrangements are not included in this pledge and must be arranged independently. And yes, there’s only one of these. And yes, it includes the Lunchboxadon package as well (which John will deliver in person).

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