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Written by an elementary school counselor, this humorous picture book about resilience and personal power is aimed at kids aged 7-11.
Written by an elementary school counselor, this humorous picture book about resilience and personal power is aimed at kids aged 7-11.
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Kids at school just won’t stop making George mad.  They tease him and call him names like Curious George and Georgie Porgie, but his only “superpower”—yelling—doesn’t help a bit.  Even worse, GEORGE is the one who keeps getting in trouble. His teacher tells him that he’s letting other kids steal his power. Is she blind? They always start it!      

One evening, George notices that his favorite t.v. superhero, Silent Knight, never loses his cool—even when his archenemy says mean things. What’s his secret? Can George discover a new superpower that will stop people from making him mad and keep him out of the Cool-Down Corner?

George hates it when kids say stuff he doesn't like.
George hates it when kids say stuff he doesn't like.

 

Let me get this out of the way: I can't stand children’s books with a “message.” I have to say that because—of course—I have written a children’s book with a message.

That message is: Don't let other people steal your power.

Super George and the Invisible Shield is a picture book for kids aged 7-11. It features diverse characters, a non-traditional family, and humor that will appeal to kids and adults. My illustrator, Cheryl Francis, has come up with a version of George we're both happy with; she'll get started on the remaining illustrations once it's clear I'll be able to pay her. The text of the book has been polished and re-polished for over a year. It's completely ready to go. 

Money raised with this campaign will pay for the illustrations, ISBN numbers, book design, printing and shipping of hardcover copies, plus a few bucks for my young niece who (along with her dogs) helped me create the wacky campaign video.

The Book

The 32-page picture book will have a trim size of 8.5x11”, with a glossy cover and premium color illustrations. I plan to order hardcovers just this once, and those will be for Kickstarter backers and people on my holiday gift list (surprise, Mom and Dad!). After the campaign it will only be available in paperback and e-book format, so you'll be getting a limited first edition soon-to-be collector's item! How cool is that?

George *really* wants to be a superhero.
George *really* wants to be a superhero.

From the back cover: Laurie Mendoza’s humorous writing and Cheryl Francis’ quirky illustrations will charm elementary-aged children as they learn an empowering strategy for not allowing others’ unkind words to steal their power.

Risks and challenges

This is my first adventure in self-publishing, and while I’ve done a gazillion hours of research and planning I’m not naive enough to imagine that everything will go as expected. However, I’ve built some cushion into the timeline so I expect that the books will be sent to the printer by July 20 and in the mail to you by the first week in September. The text is all set, the illustrator is working like a madwoman, and I should have a book designer within the next 10 days.

As George learns, the only behavior you can control is your own. I will let backers know right away if any significant issue arises that may cause a delay. Just keep your fingers crossed that there won't be a worldwide paper shortage, a UPS strike, or nuclear war with Australia.

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