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Raven OuelletteBy Raven Ouellette
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Raven OuelletteBy Raven Ouellette
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CA$ 229
pledged of CA$ 25,000pledged of CA$ 25,000 goal
7
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Wed, December 31 2014 10:21 PM UTC +00:00

About

Story So Funky

The story

How wild would it be, if while you were waiting to find out if you were having a boy or a girl you find out you’re having a monkey instead?!!! Well that’s just what happened to the Mommy and Daddy in this book. Laugh along with mommy and daddy as monkey baby runs amuck, grow with monkey as the world learns to deal with such a playful little tyke, and have your heart warmed by the loving and surprise ending.

Why This Book?

It started out with just me jotting down all the ways my new baby was more like a monkey than a baby. Then one day during his nightly bedtime story I had this flash of an idea of a mom and dad who bring a monkey home instead. As the months past I realized it was more than just a funny story about how babies are like monkeys. Everyone can relate to feeling like we don’t belong, don’t fit in and are misunderstood. This is a struggle that often begins in early childhood. Every child wants to feel loved and accepted for who they are. I wanted to create a story that gives hope to the little (or BIG) monkeys reading the story, that they too will experience the bliss of having those they care about appreciating their uniqueness- that it is something to celebrate.

Specifics:

The book will be aimed primarily at ages 0-6, will be a rhyming story that uses a lot of popular children’s story techniques such as: repetition, alliteration, funny words, lots of movement and activity. The Kickstarter Edition will be hard cover and will be about 24 pages long, with a word count of approximately 700 words.

The Illustrations:

I was lucky enough to find this young talented illustrator in Toronto (a stones throw from my home in Ottawa) who had a great vision for the characters and the story. She has already created some fantastic images for the main characters and I am super excited to start the storyboard for the Story So Funky with her.

Who am I?

Although I have had many other successful creative small business ventures, this is my first book, it’s filled with love and I think it will warm the hearts and make parents everywhere laugh out loud. Hopefully the little monkeys out there reading, or having the story read to them, will know they can be themselves and be accepted and loved for exactly who they are. I have a background in psychology, and a passion for helping bring out the unique beauty of my clients, encouraging them to find their inner happiness. My favourite part of my business is seeing clients who hadn’t felt good about themselves in a long time, and in as little as an hour making them feel like superstars.

Making the future for children brighter:

A Story So Funky doesn’t just help foster self esteem in children, celebrating uniqueness and individuality at an early age, and teach the value in accepting people for who they are. The proceeds for the book A Story So Funky will go to the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO). CHEO not only betters the lives the lives thousands of kids admitted annually, but has one of the busiest pediatric emergency rooms in the country, treating nearly 70,000 children a year.

Another way A Story So Funky will support our children’s future by supporting small businesses. When we shop too much at big box businesses (especially those who have it as part of their mandate to shut down the independent businesses in the area) we creating a future of less options on where to shop. Not only that, but our children are significantly less likely to know the responsibility and joy of becoming an entrepreneur themselves. All of the pledge bonuses and package elements are locally sourced from small businesses including printing from Loud Mouth Design and Printhouse; cake pops from a local online only bakery Sweet Shop & Bakery and stuffed monkeys from Doodle Dollies.

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Risks and challenges

Creation of the Book:
The Story So Funky is written and essentially complete, but needs the eyes of an expert editor for polishing. The Illustrator has created threee images for the major characters, but the storyboard and layout for the book will be created when Kickstarter is successful.

Why do you need $25,000?
Well to start with I wanted all the bells and whistles for my Kickstarter supporters. There will be a special Hardcover edition published just for you pledgers! To finalize the book there is not only the costs of the editor and illustrator but there is also purchasing the font, obtaining ISBN numbers, registration fees and costs associated with getting listed in online bookstores. Then once this is complete the book is ready to print. there’s printing and shipping the books to me, the cost of shipping each book individual book to you, wherever you might be. I forgot to mention there is also the production of all the fun bonuses and extras in each package. In point form it looks like this:

Breakdown of budget
• Editor for spelling and storyline
• Purchase of fonts
• Illustration completion and layout design
• Proper recording of the song and audiobook
• Obtaining ISBN numbers, registration fees and costs associated with getting listed in online bookstores
• Production of the books
• Production of the bonuses and extras
• Shipping

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    Our Eternal Monkey Thanks…Just Kidding...NO ONE leaves Kickstarter without a little token of our thanks…in the form of Monkey Digital Wallpaper

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    iPad Monkey-Full Digital Package: Digital Wall paper, Facebook Profile Pic, and Facebook Cover + E-Book- we will be making the book into a .mobi, .epub, and .pdf format. DRM free? because our parents taught us sharing was good.

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    Bookworm Monkey: Special Kickstarter Hardcover Edition of the book+ Full Digital Package: Digital Wall paper, Facebook Profile Pic, and Facebook Cover + mp4 of "Like You Anyway" a song that accompanies the story + E-Book

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    Read-Along Monkey: Special Kickstarter Hardcover Edition of the book + Full Digital Package: Digital Wall paper, Facebook Profile Pic, and Facebook Cover + CD (with "Like You Anyway" AND Audiobook)

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    Behind the Scenes Monkey: Special Kickstarter Hardcover Edition of the book+ Full Digital Package: Digital Wall paper, Facebook Profile Pic, and Facebook Cover + CD (with "Like You Anyway" AND Audiobook) + Online Behind the Scenes (pdf versions of the sketchbook+ rough drafts of the story and videos of the process of the book)

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    Mini Gift Monkey: Special Kickstarter Hardcover Edition of the book + Full Digital Package: Digital Wall paper, Facebook Profile Pic, and Facebook Cover + CD (with "Like You Anyway" AND Audiobook) + Online Behind the Scenes (pdf versions of the sketchbook+ rough drafts of the story and videos of the process of the book) + Mini Gift Pack (Bookmark, Sheet Stickers, signed Post card)

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    Big Gift Monkey: Special Thanks in the Book + Two Copies of the Special Kickstarter Hardcover Edition of the book+ Full Digital Package: Digital Wall paper, Facebook Profile Pic, and Facebook Cover + CD (with "Like You Anyway" AND Audiobook) + Online Behind the Scenes (pdf versions of the sketchbook+ rough drafts of the story and videos of the process of the book) + Full Gift Pack (Bookmark, Sheet Stickers, signed Post card, T-Shirt, Colouring Pages, Delicious Treats)

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    Custom Party Monkey: Special Thanks in the Book + Three Copies of the Special Kickstarter Hardcover Edition of the book + Customized Full Digital Package (Photoshop’d with your image and name) + CD (with "Like You Anyway" AND Audiobook) + Online Behind the Scenes (pdf versions of the sketchbook+ rough drafts of the story and videos of the process of the book) + Full Gift Pack (Bookmark, Sheet Stickers, signed Post card, T-Shirt, Colouring Pages, Delicious Treats) + Tickets to a book launch party here in Ottawa

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    Handmade Custom Party Monkey: Special Thanks in the Book + Three Copies of the Special Kickstarter Hardcover Edition of the book + Customized Full Digital Package (Photoshop’d with your image and name) + CD (with "Like You Anyway" AND Audiobook) + Online Behind the Scenes (pdf versions of the sketchbook+ rough drafts of the story and videos of the process of the book) + Full Gift Pack (Bookmark, Sheet Stickers, signed Post card, T-Shirt, Colouring Pages, Delicious Treats) + Handmade Gift pack (Stuffed monkey, Wall Sign featuring your specified name) + Tickets to a book launch party here in Ottawa

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    NAME THAT BABY! Your selected name will be used for one of the babies in the story. There are two girls and two boys. (This will be of course at our discretion-no offensive names, etc.)+ Special Thanks in the Book + Three Copies of the Special Kickstarter Hardcover Edition of the book+ Customized Full Digital Package (Photoshop’d with your image and name) + CD (with "Like You Anyway" AND Audiobook) + Online Behind the Scenes (pdf versions of the sketchbook+ rough drafts of the story and videos of the process of the book) + Tickets to a book launch party here in Ottawa

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    Skype Monkey: Up to an hour long Skype Chat about writing a Children’s Book, Illustrating a Children’s Book or Kickstarter + Special Thanks in the Book + Three Copies of the Special Kickstarter Hardcover Edition of the book + Customized Full Digital Package (Photoshop’d with your image and name) + CD (with "Like You Anyway" AND Audiobook) + Online Behind the Scenes (pdf versions of the sketchbook+ rough drafts of the story and videos of the process of the book) + Tickets to a book launch party here in Ottawa

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    NAME THE MONKEY! Your selected name will be used for the Monkey for this and all future runs of the book. . (This will be of course at our discretion-no offensive names, etc.)+ Special Thanks in the Book + Three Copies of the Special Kickstarter Hardcover Edition of the book + Customized Full Digital Package (Photoshop’d with your image and name) + CD + Online Behind the Scenes (pdf versions of the sketchbook+ rough drafts of the story and videos of the process of the book) + Full Gift Pack (Bookmark, Sheet Stickers, signed Post card, T-Shirt, Colouring Pages, Delicious Treats) +Handmade Gift pack + Tickets to a book launch party here in Ottawa

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