Echo Ekleton is the first in a series of children's books (ages 3-ish to 8-ish) designed around one simple mechanic: readers use a child-safe mirror that comes with the book to complete missing halves of symmetrical images throughout the story. There are over 60 opportunities in the book to use the mirror to complete a half-image. For example, this shows how the half-octopus is completed with the mirror:
Echo wakes up one morning and when she looks in the mirror in her bathroom she sees that half of herself is missing.
Soon she is magically transported to a sailboat at sea, and decides to make the best of her journey.
Echo finds a half-dive suit and explores the bottom of the ocean where she discovers a half-treasure.
From there she sees a variety of half-sea creatures, a half-light house, soon hops into a half-hot air balloon, and eventually comes to find that the half-treasure she discovered is really her own other half. In the end, Echo Ekleton becomes complete again and travels safely home. (More illustrations and details in the video.)
Our collaborative development of this project for over a year has consisted of many iterations on the story, artwork, layout, character development, branding, play mechanics with mirrors, and play testing with kids. We are very excited to share this book with the world, and hope it will be the first in a series of many more Echo Ekleton stories!
Who are we?
swi is designer and artist based in Brooklyn, New York. Day job: Sr. UX Designer for an educational publishing company. In 2016, swi launched a solo KS project, Lotus Dimension, a tabletop role player game that rewards nonviolent problem solving. You can see some of his previous projects -- including D&D Yoga, Braille Graffiti, the Portland Horse Project, People Watching+, and many more -- at 39forks.com. Many of these projects have also been featured in The Los Angeles Times, NY Times Magazine, The Oregonian, and more.
We are also very fortunate to have the support of a handful of madly talented folks who have generously given freely of their time, some of whom are shown here.
Where is your money going?
We are prepared to make a bulk order of books and the mirrors that will be included with each book. We also want to spread the word about this book in the year ahead and will allocate some of the funds toward social media marketing and entry to various independent book festivals.
Specs: Our most current version of the finished draft is 50 pages consisting of artwork on every page, and text on nearly every page. (Note: to improve the reading experience, we may cut a few pages, but the final product will definitely be over 40 pages.) Echo Ekleton is presented in classic black and white; each version of this first edition will measure 8 by 10 inches. The included child-safe mirrors will measure close to 4 inches in height.
It is with humble gratitude that we offer heartfelt thanks for your support of this project through contributions or sharing to your networks, especially to parents with young readers, or folks looking to make a meaningful gift purchase! The support will help tremendously as we endeavor to further develop and cultivate Echo Ekleton into the future.
Risks and challenges
We recognize that crowd-funded projects often carry red flags in terms of reliability and promised delivery of rewards. We have taken every effort to polish this project and plan to order every single reward the day after receiving funds from the funded project, with shipping to follow in the days after the books arrive to us. Should any unforeseen consequences arise we will make every effort to be fully transparent in communicating delays, but we are confident that we will be able to deliver on time.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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