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Book One: The Whittakers, follows Beatrice and William, along with their dog Poof, as they explore a variety of worlds.
Book One: The Whittakers, follows Beatrice and William, along with their dog Poof, as they explore a variety of worlds.
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The Many Worlds of Mr. Diddlewit is a middle-grade novel series starting with Book One: The Whittakers.  Mr. Diddlewit, a friendly old hermit, encourages children to learn and grow by giving them keys to fantastic worlds.  In Book One, Beatrice and William, along with their witty dog Poof, meet new friends, play games, and ride a Bumble-O in a world in the clouds; they attempt to rescue The Forest from drought in a land of moving, talking plants; they visit a coastal village and go chummyfishing with a hearty crew of sailors; they take a tour of an underwater realm, meet the squiddy mayor, and encounter a terrible sea monster; and they launch a search and rescue mission into the sweltering, lava-filled Magmite.

The Many Worlds of Mr. Diddlewit is an adventure series that will keep readers turning the pages.  But more than this, it is also an opportunity to teach children valuable life-lessons about integrity, generosity and respect.  As narrator, Ollie Staples makes reference to the choices our young adventurers make.  From experience, Ollie has seen that middle grade readers -- 8 to 12 or so -- are still receptive to a little adult input (given with care), and they won't begrudge a narrator offering some advice as they grow up to have adventures of their own.  Along these lines, as much as Ollie believes in the curious and reasonable nature of children, he also believes in the accountability of authors.  The Many Worlds of Mr. Diddlewit is a series he hopes parents will want their kids to read, not just for entertainment, but because their child's life will be enriched.

Through Kickstarter, we are hoping to raise $5000 in order to print 1000 copies of the book.  Some of these we will circulate locally, in cooperation with local book stores who have already expressed interest in promoting the book.  We also plan on donating a classroom set to a local elementary school, the part of this project that is dearest to our hearts.  Working with teachers, counselors and administration, we hope to build a curriculum with two goals in mind: meeting state and federal literacy standards while increasing the focus on government-recommended life-skills material.  Research has shown students with better social skills do better academically, so there is a growing emphasis on promoting personal growth as well as reading skills.  We believe The Many Worlds of Mr. Diddlewit is one of few books that can meet both of these goals.

So thanks for checking us out.  We believe this is a project parents, and friends of parents, can really get behind.  Your support is much appreciated.  

And happy adventuring!

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    The Many Worlds of Mr. Diddlewit ebook, in any format you prefer. Read the book on your e-reader, i-whatever, computer, etc. Also comes with downloadable coloring pages for the kids as well as book-art wallpaper to decorate your multiple devices.

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    The Many Worlds of Mr. Diddlewit first-run paperback edition in your very own hands! The product this is all about. Plus the coloring pages and the book-art. And the e-book, if you'd like.

    Book comes with a Bumble-O Press thank-you bookmark.

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    All of the above plus a limited edition autographed print (11x17) of the cover art and a set of 5 character bookmarks. Hang the worlds on your kid's walls. Put a Bumble-O in their binder. Let them mark their place with Poof's little face!

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    Everything above, plus two more gifts.

    1. You get your name in the thank-you page of the book, to be forever memorialized in its pages. Now that's something to brag to your grand-children about!

    2. You'll also get a limited addition "Let's Go, Bumble-O!" T-shirt for you or your child! You can wear it to the park. They can wear it while reading. They can wear it to school. You can wear it to Airglen (just don't let Travis see it - he gets kinda jealous).

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    The $100-level donation plus double-up your gifts (2 books, 2 shirts, 2 prints, 10 bookmarks, 2 names in the thank-you section if you want)!

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    Pledge $250 or more About $250

    We're getting elite here. You get the rest, of course. 2 books, 2 shirts, 2 etc. Then you get a signed original pencil drawing of many readers' favorite character: the adorable dog Poof. But wait, that's not all! One of your books will be an exclusive copy signed by both the author and the illustrator, stamped for authenticity, and including a personalized hand-written thank-you note. Posterity will forever know you made this book happen. If the book gets big, imagine how cool your children will feel with a special note from the creators thanking them for bringing Diddlewit to life!

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    Pledge $500 or more About $500

    Naturally, you get a lot of stuff: the signed copy and special thank you, another book to keep or gift, the signed poof portrait, 2 shirts, 2 sets of bookmarks, 2 prints, the ebook, the coloring pages, and the wallpaper. Then you get an added bonus...

    We'll use your name in the sequel! Send us some info on you or your child, maybe a picture, and in Book Two: Toby and Friends (which is already under way), we'll make sure you have a role. Talk about a conversation piece!

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    You've got the book, autographed by us. You've got T-shirts. You've got the original art and the special thank you with a note just for you. Bookmarks: check. Prints: check. Then you get something more. Something unique to you and your family. Something that will be published on the website for your friends, family and all the world to see.

    Your special gift is...

    The author and illustrator will create a chapter using your family as characters. You can even choose the kind of world you, the characters, visit. Just send us pictures and descriptions of your family (please limit it to around 5 primary characters, 10 or so secondary, otherwise it just gets confusing). Then, by Christmas 2012, you'll have a spiral-bound manuscript of your very own adventure. We'll even sign it. Now you tell us, how much fun will your kids have hearing about their own adventure while they drift off to sleep?!

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    We'll come to you (airfare negotiable)! We'll bring a mess of books (1 or 2 classes worth - we can't be skipping through the streets scattering them willy-nilly), prints, bookmarks, T-shirts and whatnot, and we'll come to your school or library, read parts of the book, talk about the characters, and generally have a grand ol' time! If that sounds good to you, thanks in advance for this amazing kind of generosity!

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    We WILL skip down the streets skattering books willy-nilly! Honestly. We'll come to your town and give books and t-shirts and bookmarks to just about every kid we see!

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