The book is a collection of several hundred poems. These poems appeal to children of all ages, from early readers on. There are all sorts of different characters and perspectives. All of these poems contain a positive, hopeful spin on the world... plus a little zany silliness. There’s the one about Alexander, the world's first vegetarian lion. There are several about animals of all shapes and sizes. One of our favorites is about a pirate and a ninja who decide to switch jobs for a while. And let's not forget the story of a small child's pet dragon... who is not quite what he seems. Imaginations can do that.
Right after the birth of our son, my wife and I started working on a small collection of poems that we hoped we could one day read to him at bedtime. Our goal was to get him excited about reading, lifelong learning, growing up, having an imagination, and just being new in the world. What started off as a small scale personal project that we hoped might eventually yield a single hand-bound book slowly evolved into a larger and larger project that we decided we wanted to share.
From our initial handful of poems, we've now formed a collection of several hundred. We really think that there are stories here worth telling. Some are silly; some are heartfelt. It is our hope that this book becomes a small part of the nightly bedtime ritual for families all around, and that it helps inspire the next generation of readers.
David and Martha Schulzinger are the writers and creators of "Have You Seen My Pet Dragon?" They are pictured here along with their son in his favorite truck shirt, reading one of his favorite Dr. Seuss books. They live just outside Phoenix, Arizona.
Risks and challenges
It’s simplistic to say that there aren’t any risks. There’s always risks. Currently, a huge obstacle for our finishing this project is the honest fact that this project isn’t my full time job. As my day job can fluctuate in terms of how busy I am, time is an extremely limited and valuable asset, and I am only able to work on this project early in the morning, late at night, and on weekends. At this point, however, all the written content is finished. Once funds are available, we will be able to get the rights to the existing artwork, commission more and start the layout process. We already have three printer bids, and will ultimately select the one most appropriate for the scale that we finally have at the outset of the campaign. We were surprised to see how inconsistent printing companies can be, based on some of the samples we ordered, and we’ll want to take our time to get things right. We expect there to be unexpected challenges along the way, but we’re resilient and believe in this project. Furthermore, you can see from my Kickstarter history that I’ve backed quite a few projects. There's nothing more aggravating than silence, even if the creator is plugging away on the project. I commit 100% to being transparent, clear, and effective in communicating. If we hit a delay, you will know why, you will know my plan, and you will not have to follow up with me, because I will be following up with you.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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