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Mowing the yard was never so epic! Pesky mosquitoes battle Wendell for control of the backyard! Early readers will love this adventure!
Mowing the yard was never so epic! Pesky mosquitoes battle Wendell for control of the backyard! Early readers will love this adventure!
Mowing the yard was never so epic! Pesky mosquitoes battle Wendell for control of the backyard! Early readers will love this adventure!
50 backers pledged $8,300 to help bring this project to life.

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About the Story

Those menacing mosquitoes!

Just about everyone who’s spent much time outdoors in warm weather has encountered those pesky critters that seem to want nothing but to eat you alive! Ouch, something bit me!

Well, it was just such an incident that inspired the poem that we’re making into a children’s book – with your help! I was outside mowing the lawn in early summer, and before I knew it, I’d been chosen by the local crew of mosquitoes as their lunch!

Those skeeters are eaters!”, I thought. “Hey, wait a minute! I should do something with that.” That bit of a rhyme grew into a whimsical expression of the age-old conflict between man and mosquito.

Friends and family listened to their great delight, but I never dreamed that it would be much more than a fun story at parties.

Years later, when I met Brandy, I shared the poem with her, and she loved it too! Brandy insisted that it should one day become a children’s book

Guess what? She was right! Now we’re taking that step. 

About the Illustrator

We’ve partnered with a talented illustrator, Dale Herron (daleherron.com), to create the artwork for this fun story we know you’ll love.

Jeffrey Miller and Dale Herron (illustrator)
Jeffrey Miller and Dale Herron (illustrator)

He’s turned our concept and story into an amazing book with images that bring the mosquitoes to life.

We’ve even named the main characters, and Dale’s illustrations make their personality come through in the story.

Character sketch
Character sketch

 

Early concept sketch
Early concept sketch

The artwork is almost complete, and we’ve begun arranging to put the book into print and digital formats. We expect the project to be ready for delivery in a couple of months once backing is achieved.

Your backing will enable us to make this dream a reality.

Why We're Making This Book

My wife Brandy and I have chosen to grow our family through adoption. Adoption can be an expensive undertaking. Many families have room in their heart for an adopted child, but the financial cost keeps them from fulfilling that desire.

A portion of the proceeds from sales of the book will be dedicated to support future adoptive families in their efforts.

You can partner with us to bring “Skeeters” to life.    

What you'll receive

Pre-release productions of the book – we’re making editions of the book we produce with this project available in advance to backers before the book hits shelves and online stores.

You won’t be able to buy the book anywhere except Kickstarter until its release later in the year. Get your hands on it early!

An 8" x 8" book with beautifully illustrated story and character pages tells a story that will make you smile, as you listen to the tension mount between Wendell and the mosquitoes!

In addition to the story, you'll enjoy a special full-color character gallery page introducing each mosquito by name.

* simulated book images, final layout and images may vary

E-book – this special edition of the book includes special bonus content that won’t be available in the retail version released later this year. Anyone that backs this project at $15 or more will receive a copy of the e-book format.

Softcover – you’ll experience the battle for Wendell’s home turf in beautifully illustrated pages, a story that young listeners and adults alike will enjoy. Early readers will love the challenge that Wendell must face for control of the back yard.

Hardcover – This edition of the book will give great pleasure as you share it with family and friends. It makes a great gift for anyone with a young reader, and you’ll know that its meaning carries a big impact.

Special updates (any backing level) – Share this adventure with us as we take the next step in our adoption journey by creating the Skeeters book. We'll share our story as we go.

Thank you for believing!

Risks and challenges

We've been working to prepare what we know will be a book you'll love. Our hope is to have the printing completed within 1-2 months of the end of the campaign. It is possible that unforeseen circumstances arise, but we expect our preparation to pay off.

Certain details will be worked out once the campaign has been successful, like special acknowledgements.

Custom art productions by the illustrator, Dale Herron, will require special care and attention that is the hallmark of the quality of his work. Completion of these limited custom pieces for Special Donors may take a bit longer to complete. We won't know until backers who pledge at this level specify what they'd like.

In addition, our adoption adventure is just starting to pick up steam, and the process can be very unpredictable. We can't guess what's right around the corner as we take this step, but we know that your support will play a significant part in the joy of the experience!

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    E-book (special Kickstarter edition)

    This special edition of the e-book includes special bonus content that won’t be available in the retail version released later this year. You'll get a special inside look into how the book began with bonus photos and stories.

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    Softcover edition

    Experience the battle for Wendell’s home turf in beautifully illustrated pages, a story that young listeners and adults alike will enjoy. Early readers will love the challenge that Wendell must face for control of the back yard.

    Includes:
    • Skeeters - softcover book
    • Skeeters - e-book with Kickstarter-exclusive content
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    Hardcover edition

    This edition of the book will give great pleasure as you share it with family and friends. It makes a great gift for anyone with a young reader, and you’ll know that its meaning carries a big impact.

    Includes:
    • Skeeters - hardcover book SIGNED by author
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    Hardcover + softcover + e-book bundle

    If you're looking for a great book and a great gift to share, this level will give you a copy of all three editions: hardcover, softcover, and e-book. Buy one and give one to someone you love!

    Includes:
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    • Skeeters - softcover book
    • Skeeters - hardcover book SIGNED by author and illustrator
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    Donor

    LIMITED: Backers of the “Skeeters” project at $100 or more will be included in the print and e-book editions with an acknowledgement of their support on a special page in the book.

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    • Skeeters - e-book with Kickstarter-exclusive content
    • Skeeters - softcover book
    • Skeeters - hardcover book SIGNED by author
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    Special Donor (w/ custom art)

    LIMITED: A limited number of backers who back the project at $250 or more will receive a piece of limited edition artwork by the illustrator. Dale Herron has graciously agreed to create something special just for you, a 7"x7" custom rendering of a character you select from the story.

    In addition to the custom artwork, you’ll receive 4 copies of the hardcover book, a perfect gift for your family and loved ones.

    You’ll also be listed in a special section in the book in acknowledgement of your support.

    Includes:
    • Skeeters - e-book with Kickstarter-exclusive content
    • Skeeters - hardcover book SIGNED by author
    • Recognition as Special Donor on the Donor Page
    • Limited edition custom Skeeters artwork
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    Special Book Reading Event

    LIMITED: Backers at this level will experience the Skeeters story firsthand as read by the author! You and a group of children will enjoy a special visit by the author, Jeffrey Miller, and listen as he tells of Wendell and his showdown with the mosquitoes!

    Your experience will include a 15-pack of signed copies of the softcover book to share with the kids in attendance.

    Limited to locations within 250 miles travel of Columbus, Ohio.

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