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A children's book that aims to teach digitally-native kids that friendship is more important than their devices.
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Hey Zoey! Get Off Your Phone! is about a girl named Zoey who would rather play on her phone than with her friends. While she absentmindedly walks away from them, Zoey trips on a root of a tree, her phone flies out of her hand, and when she falls, she finds herself stuck inside her phone. After a most daring adventure in the digital realm, she realizes what's most important: her relationship with friends and family, not her phone.

 

The power and utility of smartphones is undeniable. For children, smartphones act as a virtual nanny, an all-in-one entertainment system, and a useful educational tool.

Children's usage of smartphones, however, has grown exponentially in the last decade and this poses some troublesome issues. There is a strong correlation between the rise in smartphone usage and children exhibiting less empathy than previous generations while also suffering from higher rates of anxiety and depression.

We want to encourage digitally-native children to play with one another without any phones being present, so they can fully enjoy each other's company and build the life skills necessary to become communicative, caring adults.

 

Dan Fox writes, produces and performs comedy of the silly variety in New York City at The Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre and on the Internet. 

Virginia Zamora is an illustrator whose work consists of personal and interpersonal relationships that cater to a mature audience. 

Coincidentally, their most recent work (independent of one another) explores the relationship people have with their phones. 

They met in March, 2017, through their mutual friend Joe Hollier, mindfulness hero and founder of the Light Phone. Dan had told Joe he was playing around with the idea of a children’s book about phone addiction so Joe put Dan in touch with Virginia. They immediately hit it off, and after many months of conversation, rewriting and re-drawing, they created Hey Zoey! Get Off Your Phone! 

Kickstarter offers a great way for artists to create exactly what they want on their own terms. As we looked into publishers, it quickly became clear that there would be a chance we wouldn't be able to work on this project together. So we decided to ask our communities and the Internet to help us self-publish Hey Zoey! Get Off Your Phone!

We also believe that it's a great way to be as transparent as possible with you. With these funds, we can print, ship, secure a copyright, ISBN number, and cover miscellaneous legal fees. Should anything unexpected occur (i.e. trouble with printing, delayed shipping, etc.), we will let you know ASAP. Kickstarter provides the infrastructure that let's us communicate effectively with you!

 

We'd like to thank our friends, family and loved ones for their continued support and inspiration. We love you!

 

 

Risks and challenges

Since doing a Kickstarter for a children's book is essentially getting pre-orders, we feel that the risks are minimal for this project. The book is written and illustrated. We have our printer picked out, an LLC created, copyright & ISBN numbers on the horizon, and we intend to be completely transparent along the way should there be issues with printing/shipping.

We can't wait to get this book to you!

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    Hey! A Coloring Sheet!

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    Hey! A Mini Coloring Book!

    We will send you a PDF of several pages from our book to color in, including some of our most visually stimulating spreads! Plus, you will get updates about our project.

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    HEY! EARLY BIRD SPECIAL: Hardcover Book

    Early Bird gets the Early Bird Special! You get the hardcover copy of Hey Zoey! Get Off Your Phone! for $5 off. Nice!

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    Hey! It's the Hardcover Book!

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    Hey! It's a Hardcover Book and a Print!

    Not only do you get a hardcover copy of Hey Zoey! Get Off Your Phone!, you get an exclusive, limited edition signed print!

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    Hey! It's 2 Hardcover Books!

    You get (2) copies of Hey Zoey! Get Off Your Phone! One for you, one for a friend. Or however you want to do it. ;)

    Spread the message! Friends over phones!

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    Hey! 2 Hardcover Books and a Print!

    Not only do you get (2) copies of Hey Zoey! Get Off Your Phone!, you ALSO get an exclusive, limited edition signed print. Neat!

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    Hey! A Book + 2 Prints + Poem/Story!

    You get a hardcover copy of Hey Zoey! Get Off Your Phone! PLUS Dan will write a poem or a flash fiction piece about anything you want. Give him an idea, and he will do it!

    You also get both exclusive, signed prints!

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    Hey! A Hardcover Book + Child Portrait!

    Not only do you get a hardcover copy of our book...you get a unique portrait of your favorite kid drawn by the very talented Virginia, illustrator of Hey Zoey! Get Off Your Phone!

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    Hey! A Classroom Set of Hardcover Books!

    You get 15 copies of Hey Zoey! Get Off Your Phone! for a school/group of your choice! That's $100 of savings.

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    Hey! (15) Books & an IN-CLASS Visit!

    Not only do you get 15 books for a class/group, you ALSO get an IN-CLASS visit and chat with the creators, Dan & Virginia! We will read the book and lead a discussion.

    Available in the greater New York Metropolitan area only (we can negotiate if you're from elsewhere!).

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