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A picture book of poems largely focused on teaching children (and refreshing adults!) about some of life’s basic lessons.
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Update: We're upgrading to HARDCOVER! And we're seeing if we can get Gumballs in even more hands by stretching our way to $12,000!

The story of Gumballs

We're raising funds to self-publish our first book. We're really excited about it. Our kids are even more excited. We hope you'll be excited, too.

Inspired by the amazing work of Shel Silverstein and Gene Wilder’s whimsical portrayal of Willie Wonka, I (Brian) started writing children’s poetry almost 20 years ago. Those two carried this magical combination of captivating children while keeping things fun for adults, an aim of my work. Over time I found writing increasingly fun, but it evolved as a private hobby I wasn’t comfortable sharing. Beyond that self-imposed barrier, I also knew that the words needed pictures to really come to life.

I met Zac Rybacki, the book’s illustrator, while the two of us toiled away at an ad agency. He’s a dad. I’m a dad. He’s funny. I like to laugh. He’s an incredibly talented artist. I had some words in need of pictures. We knew it was a good match.

Zac and I have been pushing each other for more than a year to get this book done. And here we are, finally putting on the finishing touches as we (gulp) get ready to share it with the world. Among the eleven poems, some convey a clear lesson, some are a bit more open to interpretation, and a few are just meant to be plain fun. Subjects include…

Why you should say "please" when asking for something. Knowing it’s ok to be “different.” Finding out where the Tooth Fairy gets her money. Why it's sometimes better to listen than talk.

The book itself

This first print run will be full-color, hardcover bound, measuring 8 1/2" by 8 1/2".  Each of the eleven poems consists of a two-page spread. 

We think it's appropriate for ages 3 to 103, and the length should make it a pretty good fit for bedtime reading. We haven't used any SAT words, it's definitely rated G, and super not-so-scientific testing with our own kids suggests it's great for budding readers. 

The Fridge of Gold. A bit of a twist on not judging a book by its cover.
The Fridge of Gold. A bit of a twist on not judging a book by its cover.

Big thanks

Thanks so much for checking out our page and considering a contribution to our campaign. And thanks to our families for their overflowing support, to Al Wyatt and Kat Pryor of Utopic for their production wizardry, Greg Allan at Sonixphere for the tunes, and to Tony Long for being such a smart tech guy.

Risks and challenges

Knock on wood, we're feeling pretty organized here. All poems have been written and illustrated. We're putting the finishing touches on the book layout, and have a printer all lined up.

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    THE GIFTER
    Now we're gettin' serious-- three signed copies of the book, three bookmarks, and one electronic copy. Keep one for yourself, and share the gift of Gumballs with your friends or family.

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    THE PARTY PACK
    We'll set you up with a kit of party favors-- 10 signed books and 10 bookmarks, plus 10 little bags of gumballs and even 10 goody bags to carry it all. Perfect to hand out at your kid's next party, or if you just want to be the hero of your block.

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