About this project
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
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.)
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!
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