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Bold, bright and beautifully illustrated, our seek & find picture book features your child's face and name on every page. Wow!
Bold, bright and beautifully illustrated, our seek & find picture book features your child's face and name on every page. Wow!
Bold, bright and beautifully illustrated, our seek & find picture book features your child's face and name on every page. Wow!
147 backers pledged £4,995 to help bring this project to life.

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HeyWow! A brilliantly personalised picture book for kids!

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HeyWow! is a truly unique, personalised seek and find picture book for children aged 1-8yrs. It's like a 'Where's Wally' adventure - where kids discover their own face and name amongst 12 vibrantly illustrated city scenes.

Get your personalised book by choosing it from our special rewards.
We ship worldwide so no-one will be left out.

New to Kickstarter? Don't worry we've explained how it works at the bottom of this page.

We're a mum and dad team called HeyWow! working from the small seaside town of Oban on the north-west coast of Scotland with our two little highland monsters (aged 2 and 4).

Twelve months ago we had the crazy idea of creating our own personalised children's books, to bring a bit more WOW to kids lives. Our aim was to create something vibrant, well designed and exciting that parents could enjoy too! How hard can that be??? Ha!

Nearly one year later (in between caring for the kids) and after lots of brain storming, cups of tea, sketching, tea, emails, business plans, photo shoots, more tea, Skype calls and many many late nights, we're now ready to reveal our first picture book... 'In the City'.

Created by established children's book illustrator Lorna Freytag our first book is an exciting seek & find adventure where children search for themselves amongst the 12 busy city scenes. It's a bit like Where's Wally except kids look for themselves instead! Fun! Fun! Fun!

 How it works All we need from you is a good quality, front-on, waist-up photo of your child (aged 1+) and their name which we will magically place into all the scenes in the book. We will contact you for your photo once the campaign successfully ends and future customers will be able to do this via our wonderful HeyWow! website.

As well as searching for themselves, kids will have extra fun spotting our Panda Boy and counting all the city pigeons who also feature in the illustrations.

We’ve already done a lot of the hard work; photographing over 50 children (from our local nursery and school ) to feature permanently in the pictures, putting together a great production team of retouchers and printers. And of course creating our first lovely book. We’re now super excited as we’re nearly ready to get the book out there.

Each book contains 12 beautifully illustrated double-page spreads

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To enable people to upload the faces of their adorable children we need to develop and build a wonderful website and get the word out using great marketing. We have a brilliant web developer and a cutting edge digital marketeer on stand-by to roll into action as soon as the kickstarter campaign is successful (fingers crossed!). We hope you'll like our project enough to back us or even just support us by sharing it with others.

Kids will love seeing themselves on the cover. Their name will be nice and big too!
Kids will love seeing themselves on the cover. Their name will be nice and big too!
Your child will discover themselves at the cafe.
Your child will discover themselves at the cafe.
Or having fun at the playpark.
Or having fun at the playpark.

From sketched concept through to final printed book takes a huge amount of perfecting, polishing, printing and a wee bit of magic. Especially as we have to carefully place your childs face and name into every scene. Its a time-consuming (but fun) process but that's what makes this book different to any other.

Having worked so hard on perfecting all the illustrations and design of the book we didn't want to skimp on the production so we have chosen one of the best printers in the country to print our first masterpiece. Pureprint are an award winning UK based company and are leaders in sustainable print production. Using carefully chosen paper stock means that not only do our images look great but the pages are also tough enough to withstand lots of over-excited use by little hands.

Our fantastic rewards range from copies of the book itself and go right the way up to having something completely unique created especially for your child- a one off creative work of genius! Even if you don't have kids there are a few rewards you will like too. Take a look below.

Our Amazing Personalised Book  
Your kids will love it! Featuring their name and photo on the cover and within all 12 city scenes. We will contact you for your photo once the campaign successfully ends.

Your child will star on the cover and on every page. Your child will star on the cover and on every page.
Your child will star on the cover and on every page. Your child will star on the cover and on every page.

Personalised wall prints (unframed) / 50x40cm 

Choose from three personalised wall prints; The Fairground, The Zoo or The Traffic Jam. Or just pick all three!

Your child will love seeing themselves in one of the bold illustrations hanging on their own bedroom wall (and they also fit really nicely into IKEA's RIBBA frames).

Personalised print "At the Fairground'
Personalised print "At the Fairground'
Personalised print 'At the Zoo'
Personalised print 'At the Zoo'
Personalised print 'In the traffic jam'
Personalised print 'In the traffic jam'

HeyWow! print (unframed) / 50x70cm 

For those of you who want to support us but don't have kids. Or if you just like really nicely designed prints then these are for you! Daniel is a Graphic Designer and has created two stunning typographic HeyWow! prints especially for our kickstarter project.

HeyWow! Gyclee prints in mono or red & blue.
HeyWow! Gyclee prints in mono or red & blue.

Midnight Mountain print (unframed) / A3
Limited edition of 100

Midnight Mountain is created by HeyWow's illustrator Lorna Freytag and was shortlisted for the recent An Ealdhain Arts Prize. 
We're offering backers the chance to get a signed and editioned  A3 copy of this vibrant print.
(For people that have already pledged for a book and would like the print too please just increase your book pledge by £15.)

Midnight Mountain
Midnight Mountain


How Kickstarter works
If you're new to Kickstarter - this is how it works: If people like our project, they can pledge money to make it happen. In return they'll be able to choose a special backer rewards (e.g. Our personalised book or print etc). If our project succeeds in reaching its funding goal, all backers' will receive their chosen reward and their credit cards are charged when the time expires. If our project falls short, no one is charged. Funding on Kickstarter is all-or-nothing. So please back us and help bring our project to life.

A note for overseas backers Although HeyWow! is based in the UK, we're looking for support from people all over the world. So if you live in the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, South Africa or anywhere else for that matter, we'd love your support. We offer  FREE SHIPPING of the book WORLDWIDE!

Risks and challenges

The main challenge of this project is timescale. As many of the rewards are personalised these all have to be handled individually. Good planning and sufficient time is needed to carefully place your childs face into the book or print and we want to make sure it looks the best it can. This will be dependant on how quickly you send us your childs photo and its quality. We will contact you if there are any issues and we will do our best to get your rewards to you on time.

As mentioned before, we have already completed the illustrations for the book and have printed several samples so we know it looks and feels great! Prints have also been tested and look lovely on our wall.

We hope you've enjoyed learning about our project and that you love it enough to back us (YAY!!!) or just support us by spreading the word and sharing the fun. We've worked so hard over the last year putting everything together and have poured our hearts and souls into our beloved book.

And in the end all we really want to do is make really nice books for really nice people!

THANK YOU!!!!

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    Pledge £2 or more About $2.89

    THANK YOU!!!!!

    A huge thank you from us and happy vibes sent your way.

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    Pledge £10 or more About $14

    (Approx $14 USD, €13 EURO)

    AN EVEN BIGGER THANK YOU!!!

    We'll send you a lovely signed A4 print (not personalised).
    Pick from one of the scenes from our book and we'll write a little thank you message on the back!

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    Pledge £15 or more About $22

    'MIDNIGHT MOUNTAIN' A3 PRINT
    (Approx $21 USD, €19 EURO)

    'Midnight Mountain' created by HeyWow's illustrator Lorna Freytag was shortlisted for the recent An Ealdhain Arts Prize.

    You will receive an A3 version signed and editioned by Lorna.

    If you have already pledged for a book and would like to include this print too just increase your book pledge by £15.

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    Pledge £18 or more About $26

    ***UK-Early Bird Offer***

    THE ACTUAL BOOK / PERSONALISED
    Free UK Postage

    An amazing personalised copy of our book 'In the City' featuring your childs name and photo in every scene with FREE UK postage.

    We will give you details on how to send us your photo once the campaign has ended and aim to deliver end of April.

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    Pledge £20 or more About $29

    ***For UK Backers***

    THE ACTUAL BOOK / PERSONALISED
    Free UK Postage

    An amazing personalised copy of our book 'In the City' featuring your childs name and photo in every scene.

    We will give you details on how to send us your photo once the campaign has ended and aim to deliver end of April

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    Pledge £22 or more About $32

    ***For USA and OVERSEAS BACKERS***

    THE ACTUAL BOOK (personalised)
    (Approx $32 USD or €28 EURO)
    Free Shipping!

    You will receive an amazing personalised copy of our book 'In the City' featuring your childs name and photo in every scene with FREE postage worldwide.

    We will give you details on how to send us your photo once the campaign has ended and aim to dispatch end of April

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    Pledge £22 or more About $32

    ***Für unsere DEUTSCHEN Unterstützer***

    IN DER STADT - Personalisiert und auf Deutsch
    (ca. €28 Euro - versandkostenfrei)

    Ihr erhaltet eine tolle personalisierte Ausgabe unseres Buchs „In der Stadt“, das in jeder Szene den Namen und das Foto eures Kindes in den Mittelpunkt stellt.

    Sobald unsere Kampagne zu Ende ist, bekommt ihr von uns die Informationen wie ihr uns das Foto eures Kindes schicken könnt. Das fertige Buch wird dann Ende April versandkostenfrei verschickt.

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    Pledge £40 or more About $58

    TWO BOOKS / PERSONALISED
    (FREE worldwide postage)
    (Approx $58 USD, €51 EURO)

    You'll receive two amazing personalised copies of our book 'In the City' (for two different kids-one book for each child) featuring their name and photo in every scene.

    We will give you details on how to send us your photos once the campaign has ended. For three kids and three books just add £20.

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    Pledge £40 or more About $58

    HEYWOW! PRINT
    (Approx $58 USD, €51 EURO)

    We designed these prints for people who don't have kids but still want to support us. Daniel is a Graphic Designer and has created stunning typographic HeyWow! prints especially for our kickstarter project.
    Pick from the bold mono print or the vibrant red & blue.

    Print size: 50cm x 70cm
    (unframed)
    FREE UK POSTAGE

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    PERSONALISED WALL PRINT
    (Approx $72 USD, €64 EURO)

    Your choice of ONE of the following prints:
    'At the Zoo'
    'At the Fairground'
    'In the Traffic Jam'

    The print will be personalised and will feature your childs name and face.
    Looks great in kids bedrooms!

    Print size: 40cm x 50cm
    (unframed)
    FREE UK postage

    We will give you details on how to send us your photo and print choice once the campaign has ended successfully. For two or more prints just add £50 per print.

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    Pledge £60 or more About $87

    TWO BOOKS / PERSONALISED WITH SIBLINGS in the same book.
    (FREE worldwide postage)

    (Approx $86 USD, €77 EURO)
    For additional children and books please add £30 per child.

    This is a "Kickstarter only"reward for people that who wish to have their kids featuring together in the same book. As this involves a lot more time-consuming retouching work it is a little more expensive. Each child will still have their own name in the book and on the cover but their siblings photo will feature in the images too.

    So you'll receive two amazing personalised copies of our book 'In the City' (named for two different kids but featuring their own name and photo and also their siblings photo in every scene. Please ask us any questions if need be.

    We will give you details on how to send us your photos once the campaign has ended.

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    Pledge £65 or more About $94

    THE ACTUAL BOOK & A PERSONALISED WALL PRINT
    (Approx $94 USD, €83 EURO)

    You'll receive an amazing personalised copy of our book 'In the City' featuring your childs name and photo in every scene.
    PLUS
    Your choice of ONE of the following personalised prints:
    'At the Zoo'
    'At the Fairground'
    'In the Traffic Jam'

    The print will be personalised and will feature your childs name and face.
    It looks great in kids bedroom!

    Print size: 40cm x 50cm
    (unframed)
    FREE UK postage

    We will give you details on how to send us your photo and print choice once the campaign has ended successfully.

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    Pledge £125 or more About $180

    TWO BOOKS & TWO PERSONALISED WALL PRINTS
    (Approx $172 USD, €154 EURO)

    You'll receive two amazing personalised copies of our book 'In the City' (for two different kids-one book for each child) featuring their name and photo in every scene.
    PLUS
    Your choice of TWO of the following personalised prints:
    'At the Zoo'
    'At the Fairground'
    'In the Traffic Jam'

    Each print will be personalised and will feature your childs name and face (one in each print).
    They look great in kids bedrooms!

    Print size: 40cm x 50cm
    (unframed)
    FREE UK postage

    We will give you details on how to send us your photos and print choices once the campaign has ended successfully.

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    Pledge £500 or more About $722

    A SPECIAL COMMISSIONED PRINT
    (Approx $717 USD, €641 EURO)

    Lorna will create a unique, personalised, commissioned print in a similar style using any theme you choose. Lorna will discuss options with you, draw up sketches and will keep in touch with you throughout the whole process from initial concepts through to final print. She will require several full length photos of your child (preferably age 3+) to enable her to magically retouch one of them into the illustration.

    Does your child love dinosaurs, fairies, art, aliens, books, trees, tigers, cakes, things that are purple! Let your imagination run wild! Woohoo!

    The print is for one child only.
    Lorna retains all copyright on the image created and retains the right to use it in any future project (your child can be removed for this if requested)

    FREE postage

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    Pledge £3,500 or more About $5,053

    A BESPOKE BOOK CREATED ESPECIALLY FOR YOUR CHILD!
    (Approx $5024 USD, €4489 EURO)

    Lorna will create a unique one-off commissioned book in a similar style using any theme you choose. Lorna will discuss options with you, draw up sketches and layouts and will keep in touch with you throughout the whole process from initial concepts through to final printed book. She will require several full length photos of your child (preferably 3+) to enable her to magically retouch them into the illustrations.

    Does your child love dinosaurs, fairies, art, aliens, books, tigers.... The book could be based in a particular country or themed all in pink! The sky is the limit for this one! Fun! Fun! Fun!

    The book will be the same size and use the same paper-stock as 'In the City'
    The book is for one child only.
    Lorna retains all copyright on the images and retains the right to use any of the images created for future projects (your child can be removed for these if requested)

    FREE postage

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