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An exciting new children’s book about bugs that come back from the dead. Ages 4-10. Written and illustrated by Stephen Zmina.
An exciting new children’s book about bugs that come back from the dead. Ages 4-10. Written and illustrated by Stephen Zmina.
222 backers pledged $8,142 to help bring this project to life.

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Do you remember stepping on bugs as a child?

Have you ever lit one on fire with a magnifying glass?

What if all those bugs could come back from the dead?

“Don’t Let the Dead Bugs Bite!” is a family-friendly tale about two boys who enjoy killing bugs for fun. They get more than they bargained for, though, when their victims come back from the dead. Will the boys be able to stop the mischievous bugs before it’s too late? Find out in the new children’s book “Don’t Let the Dead Bugs Bite!” Written and illustrated by Stephen Zmina.

A fly that had died in the soup of the week haunted a chef and caused him to shriek.
A fly that had died in the soup of the week haunted a chef and caused him to shriek.

“Don’t Let the Dead Bugs Bite!” is a picture book for children ages 4-10. The funds that we are raising will be used to pay for the first printing of the book. We plan to make the book available for purchase on Amazon.com, aakp.com, and dontletthedeadbugsbite.com.

Worms that had met with a terrible fate chased after the man that had used them as bait.
Worms that had met with a terrible fate chased after the man that had used them as bait.

With bookstores closing, it has become harder for smaller publishers to get their books into the hands of the consumer. This is why we need your help. We hope you think of this not as a donation, but rather as a pre-purchase of the book.

Sinister spiders were weaving their webs, tying up children asleep in their beds.
Sinister spiders were weaving their webs, tying up children asleep in their beds.

We estimate that $8,000 is the minimum amount of money we need to raise for the initial printing. Of course, if we are able to raise more than the initial $8,000 we will use the money for a larger print run, and some marketing, with hopes of the book eventually hitting the shelves of Barnes and Noble, Target and Walmart.

The army was called in to add some relief,but guns were no use, to their disbelief.
The army was called in to add some relief,but guns were no use, to their disbelief.

Thank you for your support. With your help, we will be able to publish a memorable and thought provoking story for children. After reading it, they may even think twice before stepping on that next bug!

Good night, sleep tight, and "Don't Let the Dead Bugs Bite!"

For more information please visit the following sites:

Don’t Let the Dead Bugs Bite! website: www.dontletthedeadbugsbite.com

All About Kids Publishing website: www.aakp.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Dont-Let-the-Dead-Bugs-Bite/144294650147

Twitter: @deadbugsbite, @livingdeadbugs and @allaboutkidspub

Rewards:

We are offering a large variety of rewards for our campaign. Everyone who donates will receive a signed thank you note from the author, and a "Don't Let the Dead Bugs Bite!" bookmark.

We'll also include your name in a "Thank You" list on both www.aakp.com and www.dontletthedeadbugsbite.com. Do you want to let everyone know that you helped us? We will include a link to your web address, facebook, or twitter handle next to your name (must be appropriate for all ages, at our discretion). Want to remain anonymous? That's fine too, just let us know and we will leave you off the list. 


About the author:

Hi, my name is Stephen Zmina, but most people call me Steve.

I grew up in a suburb of Chicago called Wheaton, Illinois. As a child, my friends and I would collect and torture the various bugs that would wander through my back yard. We would squash them, collect them, burn them and so on.

The poor bugs never stood a chance. I really enjoyed destroying them as a child, but as I grew older I started to regret it. I think that's how most people feel. Or maybe not. But what if bugs really do have feelings? What if they could sense that we were about to kill them? Hmmm....

(I'm the one on the coffin)
(I'm the one on the coffin)

I've always been a fan of scary movies. My dad took me to see Ghostbusters at the theater when I was 5. When Sigourney Weaver opened up the refrigerator I can remember begging my dad to leave. He spent a couple minutes in the back of the theater aisle convincing me to stay. And I'm glad I did. The enjoyment I found in that movie has stayed with me until this very day. 

(My love for horror movies came at an early age)
(My love for horror movies came at an early age)

As a child, I always enjoyed drawing. My pencil and I became pretty inseparable. I imagined that one day I would work for Disney and spent every day recreating Disney characters.  In 1996 I graduated high school and enrolled in the illustration program at San Jose State University.

It was here that I became one of the “Shrunkenheadman” and in 2001 I received the Society of Illustrator’s Norman Rockwell Museum at Stockbridge award. After graduating from college, part of me still wanted to work for Disney, but the other part of me wanted to create stories all my own.

I came up with the idea for "Don’t Let the Dead Bugs Bite" in 2004. I was playing around with the idea of a group of ‘superhero’ bugs and needed an adversary for them. The idea was originally for the superhero bugs to face off against a bad group of bugs that had died and come back from the dead. This quickly morphed into an origin story of how the bugs died and wanted revenge on the children that had squashed them. And with that, "Don’t Let the Dead Bugs Bite!" was born.

I recalled my childhood and my love of scary movies and decided I wanted to write a scary, but not too scary, book for children. Dr. Seuss was also a large influence of mine. I have always admired his writing style and wanted to emulate that style in my own writing.

I have high hopes for "Don't Let the Dead Bugs Bite!"  I think this children's book is just the beginning. I have also written a full length screenplay and one day... one day I hope to sit back in and watch "Don't Let the Dead Bugs Bite!" on the big screen.

I can't wait for everyone to read "Don't Let the Dead Bugs Bite!" I'm very happy with the way it turned out and I'm sure your family will enjoy it.

About the Publisher:

All About Kids Publishing is an independent children’s book publisher based in the San Francisco Bay Area. We strive to set the standard in children’s picture and chapter book publishing by creating innovative books of the highest quality, with beautiful artwork for children of all ages. AAKP’s dedicated staff breathes life into our titles by pairing selected manuscripts with artists of exceptional talent and creativity. Our books will open new doors to imagination with timeless delight and universal appeal. We hope you will find, within our books, all the love, warmth, and joy with which they have been prepared; and that you will cherish them for years to come.

Risks and challenges

We don’t anticipate any risks with our project. The book is completely finished and ready for print.

We estimate that once the funding goes through there will be approximately 9-12 weeks until the book is in hand.

Our goal is to have the book out by September. Don’t Let the Dead Bugs Bite! would make the perfect gift for your children this Halloween!

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    You feel bad about all the bugs you have killed and want to honor their memory. Why not pledge a dollar in remembrance of all the bugs we have lost over the years?

    For the price of a cup of coffee, your dollar will go toward creating a book that may make children think twice before stepping on the next bug!

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    * Have your name placed on a tombstone within the book! Name must be appropriate, kid friendly, and is subject to publishers discretion.

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    * Have your name placed on a tombstone within the book! Name must be appropriate, kid friendly, and is subject to publishers discretion.
    * Original Dead Bug illustration! Send in your photo and have Steve draw a picture of you (and your friends if you want) battling it out with the Dead Bugs. Choose a background, choose your bugs, choose your weapons! Pretty much anything you want (appropriate content only). Illustration may arrive at a later date than the rest of the package (Steve is going to be very busy with all of the sketches he has to draw, but he guarantees it will be completed in a reasonable amount of time!) The illustration will be in the style of the book and will be printed, signed and suitable for framing! Plus we will include a 600 dpi high resolution JPG of the illustration.

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