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By Carl & Rebekah Brettle
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About

Our lives changed forever in September 2013, when Reuben arrived. A child, that Carl had been told, we would never have due to a medical condition. After two miscarriages and while waiting for a IVF treatment, Rebekah conceived Reuben naturally.  He is our little miracle. 

As new parents, it wasn’t long before we started telling him stories about adventures we would go on together and invented characters like a friendly Giraffe called Jeanette. As young as Reuben was, he seemed to enjoy the enthusiasm of his parents and he took easily to other children’s books, fascinated by colours and textures etc.

We started looking around book shops for stories featuring Grandmas, Daddys and Mummys and found that there were very few and certainly not any we could find, where relatives were in the storyline. We asked a simple question,'why don't we change that.'

‘Adventures With’ was born and we hope it will be a really good book series for children, their parents and grandparents alike.

What is ‘Adventures with Grandma in the Jungle’ About?’ 

Authors such as  C. S. Lewis, Enid Blyton, Lewis Carroll and others had inspired us both growing up. We want to create something that has the enchanting wonder of these kinds of stories.

This is the first book in the series and is an Adventure with Grandma in the Jungle.  It starts with Grandma buying some wall stickers for Reuben’s new bedroom. To Grandma’s surprise, a big Giraffe (called Jeanette), grows out of the Giraffe sticker, into the bedroom and invites them on an adventure in the Jungle. They are transported to the jungle where they meet some of Jeanette's friends and Grandma has to help one of the animals who is in trouble. Other characters in the book include Micah the monkey, Fernando the Frog, Evelyn the Elephant and a rather stubborn parrot. 

Carl is fortunate to have a cousin who is a budding illustrator, who loves books and has done a great job bringing the backgrounds and characters to life as you'll see from this mockup of the book cover.

 Who is this book for? 

This book is aimed at children in the 0-3 age range, although older children will probably also enjoy the book. It is also aimed at Grandmas. Nearly all of the books that our son has, his Grandmas have bought. We think there is a huge market for Grandmas who love reading to their grandchildren. 

What are our goals for the future? 

We aim to write several books, some more adventures with Grandma, adventures with Daddy, adventures with Mummy and possibly other relatives. Each book will feature some of the characters from a whole host we have created. Our aim is to produce books that teach from an early age, instill good values like; helping people in difficulty, sharing things with others, realizing that there are people less fortunate than ourselves, teaching children that they should always tell their parents where they are going, for example. 

We also hope to eventually produce books for older children. 3-7, 7-11 age ranges as time goes on and we hope if we are successful that schools will use the books as a reading scheme. 

For now though, we need to make this first step of producing our first book and we hope you will join us in this adventure. 

Stretch Goals

The more money we raise the more we can enhance the book, including producing it using all the latest green credentials, from partly recycled materials to vegetable oil based inks.  Also we really want to put the books into learning environments like schools and libraries.

If we raise :-

£  12,960 we can pay everyone and produce the e-book.
£  20,000 we can print the Grandma book using top green credentials
£  35,000 we can enhance the printed book with a foil embossed cover
£  40,000 we can give the first 500 books to libraries
£  50,000 we can then launch the full website with online games
£  75,000 we can produce some limited edition illustrations
£100,000 we can start work on the first book featuring Mummy

Risks and challenges

We have done several projects before, including publishing. Producing children's books is a new field for us, so we are recruiting lots of help.

We'll be running the project past the best in the business, including friends at the BBC, experienced publishers, illustrators and international printing contacts and of course experts in children's education and play. All of these friends are walking the journey with us. The big challenge is, can we get the word out when we're trying to do the marketing ourselves to keep costs down?

That is where you come in. Will you walk with us and help spread the word?

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