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Turning my story "Kip and Knor" into a wonderfully illustrated children's book full of rhyming and alliteration.
Turning my story "Kip and Knor" into a wonderfully illustrated children's book full of rhyming and alliteration.
78 backers pledged $7,722 to help bring this project to life.

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I began drawing Kip and K'nor in about 2005, while traveling through Central America with some Dutch companions that I had met in Guatemala. Kip (chicken in Dutch), and K'nor (the Dutch equivalent of oink), became my journal companions long after my Dutch friends returned to Holland. Eventually these characters became the artwork on the Backpackers Blend coffee bag produced by the Kalamazoo Coffee Company.

     In the story "Kip & K'nor Meet the Pot Bellied Penguin", the two friends start off stuck on a homemade raft in a dried out lake bed. They are searching for the pot bellied penguin, who is rumored to know the way to an endless fountain of water at the top of a far off mountain (the tip top tap at the top of the Tup Tim Thai).  As the world is slowly drying up, there is an underlying feeling of urgency and fear. The penguin, who slowly makes his journey, picks up followers unaware of why they are following him.  At the end of the journey he reminds them that fear is contagious and that by simply replacing fear with faith, they've gained strength and freedom.

    By doing this Kickstarter I hope to create a fable that sticks in children's minds and hearts throughout their lives.

     The money that's raised from this Kickstarter project will be used to make 500 beautiful hardbound books.

Risks and challenges

The risks and challenges have been greatly reduced because I have already finished writing the book, illustrated it with colorful oil paintings, and had the images professionally photographed.
I've researched many local book makers and have settled on one in the Ann Arbor area.
If I do fail to reach the financial goal at the end of this , my hope is that everyone involved would feel proud of the accomplishment, and still be supportive of what ever would lie ahead.
Once the books are finished in hard bound version I will personally distribute them to local book stores and various children's book publishers.
I will also make the books available on line, and have already found a web designer that's willing to do the work on a very tight budget.

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    SIGHTSEER - A personal signed thank you postcard of Kip and Knor's front cover!

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    TOURIST - Thank you Kip and Knor postcard PLUS a signed hardcover (w/ dust jacket) of Kip and Knor the book!

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    WANDERER - Thank you Kip and Knor postcard, a signed hardcover book, PLUS a 10"x13" full color print of one of the pages in the book.

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    BACKPACKER - Thank you Kip and Knor postcard, a signed hardcover book, a 10"x13" full color print of one of the pages in the book, PLUS name in the Thanks section AND 1lb. bag of Backpackers Blend coffee from Kalamazoo Coffee Company with artwork of Kip and Knor on the bag!

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    NOMAD - Thank you Kip and Knor postcard, a signed hardcover book, a 10"x13" full color print of one of the pages in the book, name in the Thanks section, 1lb. bag of Backpackers Blend coffee from Kalamazoo Coffee Company PLUS 5"x7" framed handmade wood transfer from one of the pages in the book!

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    GLOBETROTTER - Thank you Kip and Knor postcard, name in the "thanks" section, 5"x7" handmade wood transfer from one of the pages in the book, TWO 1lb. bags of Backpackers Blend coffee from Kalamazoo Coffee Company, AND TWO signed hardcover books.

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    VOYAGER - Thank you Kip and Knor postcard, name in the Thanks section, two 1lb. bag of Backpackers Blend coffee from Kalamazoo Coffee Company, two signed hardcover books, AND A CUSTOM HANDMADE FULL PICTURE BOOK of Kip and Knor transferred to real wooden pages!

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