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The magical little sharing book! Sumptuous imagery, delicious rhyme, uniquely designed to enrich shared reading. A special treat!

Tara Cresswell
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A Sweet Adventure - The Project and a Brand New Idea!

First of all, THANK YOU SO MUCH for your interest in A Sweet Adventure! Here goes.............

So, it’s pretty hectic in our house! We’ve got three boys, Milo is five and identical twins Hugo and Donnie are two. With the boys all close in age, it’s all about sharing and that’s where my idea for the book came from. We usually read together, the boys either side of me, but I noticed that sometimes with ordinary books, participation was awkward since they were looking at different things at one time. I wondered how we could read a book together so that each child had the same information in front of them at the same time. Then they could truly share it and discuss it with each other. That’s when I thought of simply having the same page on each side! I couldn't find a book designed like this to buy, so I decided to write and create one myself, just for my boys. So, during nap times, evenings and with grandma’s help with the children, I began on A Sweet Adventure!

Oogie and Boo begin their Sweet Adventure!
Oogie and Boo begin their Sweet Adventure!

Pre-kids I was a therapist and specialised in working with children. I’ve also always been passionate about writing. So, using a combination of professional knowledge and creative flair I decided to write something in the vain of my favourite story, Alice in Wonderland. I love the idea of entering another world, a magical one. I wanted to keep it short and sweet so I wrote it in traditional rhyme but I wanted the imagery to be beautiful for children to explore time and time again. I can paint and draw but my style is fine art ( a hobby really), and I was after a contemporary feel, so I looked for someone else to illustrate my story.

I found the perfect guy. Loch Ness, (since awarded POSCA UK illustrator of the year), totally understood that I wanted a long landscape of magical creatures and stunning, contemporary imagery for kids to explore. I fell in love with my own book!

This is Griggle, A Strange Creature from A Sweet Adventure (T shirts available within pledges, and as an added extra)
This is Griggle, A Strange Creature from A Sweet Adventure (T shirts available within pledges, and as an added extra)

I made a mock up for the boys and it was a really special moment when I read A Sweet Adventure to them for the first time. They loved it and it worked! I was over the moon when my three began to ask for ‘Mummy’s Book’ every night as their bedtime read! I soon began making more homemade books for friends. 

The unique design of 'A Sweet Adventure' encourages participation during shared reading. Will be printed in traditional A4 landscape.
The unique design of 'A Sweet Adventure' encourages participation during shared reading. Will be printed in traditional A4 landscape.

After giving an editor friend of mine a book as a gift she suggested I should really consider getting some professional opinions as she hadn’t seen anything like it elsewhere. So, this is who I took it to and here’s what they said:

An Educational Psychologist

" An ingenious resource.....not only will this help parents to manage siblings' competing demands on their time and attention, but more essentially, it can boost the benefits of the shared reading experience by allowing everybody to access the text and pictures simultaneously" Lucy Lewis, Educational Psychologist.

A Teacher

" A fantastic book. Brilliantly laid out so siblings can enjoy the story together. Sumptuous imagery...they will never tire of it" Tania Beattie, Head of Year Teacher, Oak Grove, Worthing.

A Literary Agency

"A very original and interesting concept" Lindsay Literary Agency.

UK's Largest High Street Book Chain - Waterstones

"We've got over 20 years experience in children's books between us and we love A Sweet Adventure! The imagery is fantastic, contemporary and detailed and the traditional rhyme is lovely, perfect for children. The idea really meets a gap in the market. We can see it on our shelves" Management at Waterstones store.

Parent of Siblings

"This is such a good idea! The boys didn't squabble or get restless they worked together when we read A Sweet Adventure. The book stirred their imaginations and they stirred each others! Brilliant." 

Oogie and Boo discover the whipped cream sheep and rainbow lollipops!
Oogie and Boo discover the whipped cream sheep and rainbow lollipops!

So, to meet the demands that I now have of people wanting this book I need to raise the funds to cover the cost of a small print run. It is my ambition to have a stock to donate to primary schools too and I have committed to facilitating readings in schools. I also aim to utilise my skills as a therapist and work with vulnerable kids and my book. The funds will cover copyright, the ISBN number, rewards and postage and packaging.

 I have tweaked the book to perfection, received a dummy copy from the publisher and am now absolutely ready to just publish it! I have also written the second book, ‘A Veggie Adventure’ and am working on' A Fruity Adventure', so should A Sweet Adventure progress I will get these two books underway as well.

Strange Creatures from 'A Sweet Adventure'. (A4 prints available within pledges)
Strange Creatures from 'A Sweet Adventure'. (A4 prints available within pledges)

So really, to sum it up, I guess I’m a Mum who wanted to create something special for her boys. It turns out other people think it’s pretty special too! I hope you’re one of them.

My Sweet Adventure!.........and inspiration.
My Sweet Adventure!.........and inspiration.

ADDED EXTRAS

We think you are going to fall in love with The Strange Creature from A Sweet Adventure. His name is Griggle. If you want to add a Griggle T shirt to any one of the pledges outlined, all you need to do is pledge the additional amount of £8.00 and he can be yours!

Don't forget to add the size you're after!

Ages 1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8, 9-11, 12-13, 14-15.

GRIGGLE T SHIRT. ADDITIONAL £8.00.
GRIGGLE T SHIRT. ADDITIONAL £8.00.

Oogie and Boo climb aboard a giant bee which takes them home at the end of their adventure; just in time for tea and bed! The 'Climb Aboard a Giant Bee' A3 poster is included in most of the pledges, but if you would like an A4 print, just pledge the additional amount of £4.99 and we will ask you what you want to add on in the survey.

Climb Aboard the Giant Bee and Whisk Us Home Through Sunlight Beams!
Climb Aboard the Giant Bee and Whisk Us Home Through Sunlight Beams!

 Climb Aboard the Giant Bee A4 Print - £4.99

In the meantime, thank you so much once again for your interest in A Sweet Adventure. 

Tarax

STRETCH GOAL - £3,000

After only a week the project has reached it's target which is fantastic news. I have been inundated with emails and interest in A Sweet Adventure and so in order to progress the project a bit further, I have decided to add a stretch goal.

This will in no way affect the pledges outlined, it will just mean that if the project exceeds it's target to the stretch goal amount, we will be able to embark on a robust promotional campaign and get the book out there!

If necessary, this additional amount can contribute towards a slightly larger print run than originally anticipated.

So, let's continue on this Sweet Adventure!

Risks and challenges

Things are all ready to go, but obviously the challenge arises when we begin the process of getting the parcels out to you in plenty of time for Xmas. To give us the very best chance of things going according to schedule, I have been working with a publisher recommended from the Children's Writers and Artists Yearbook, York Publishing. They have given me timescales to complete the project which give us enough room to make Xmas deadlines. We are at a point where we just need to give the go ahead.

I have also been liaising closely with the companies printing the t shirts and posters etc. Both are very local to me and I have worked with them before. They are exceptional in meeting deadlines and have provided me with time scales which also allow for parcels to arrive by Xmas.

I will ensure that I update backers on a regular basis to let them know how things are going. I will also be available to answer queries and questions at any point.

Of course, life is such that sometimes things don't always go according to plan, but I have a formidable team supporting the project, and a well constructed strategy and schedule. I can assure you I will do my very best!

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    17 backers

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    You will receive a first edition copy of A Sweet Adventure and email updates on our creative process.

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    12 backers

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    You will receive two first edition copies of A Sweet Adventure and email updates on our creative progress.

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    12 backers

    You're support is the cookie to our success!
    You will receive a first edition copy of A Sweet Adventure, A Griggle, Strange Creature T shirt, and a Strange Creature sticker. You will also receive email updates on our creative progress.
    Please select a t shirt size. Ages 1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8, 9-11, 12-13, 14-15.

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    6 backers

    Thanks for pudding your money our way!
    You will receive 2 x first edition copies of A Sweet Adventure, 2 x Griggle, Strange Creature T shirts, 2 x Strange Creature A4 prints and 2 x Strange Creature stickers. You will also receive email updates on our creative progress.
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    1 backer

    We’re so glad you’ve gone with yoghurt feeling! You will receive 4 x first edition copies of A Sweet Adventure, signed by the author, 2 x Griggle, Strange Creature T shirts, 4 x A Sweet Adventure Strange Creature A4 prints, 1x A3 A Sweet Adventure ‘Climb Aboard the Giant Bee’ poster and a sticker bundle of five Strange Creature stickers. You will also receive email updates on our creative progress.
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    We just donut have the words!
    You will receive 5 x first edition copies of A Sweet Adventure, signed by the author, 2 x Griggle, Strange Creatures T shirts, 5 x A Sweet Adventure Strange Creature A4 prints, 2 x A3 A Sweet Adventure ‘Climb Aboard the Giant Bee’ signed by illustrator posters, 2 x Strange Creature sticker bundles, (10 stickers). You will also receive a personal postcard from Oogie and Boo during their journey on A Sweet Adventure and the author will email you a special personalized verse to share! You will also receive email updates on our creative progress. Please select t shirt sizes. Ages 1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8, 9-11, 12-13, 14-15.

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    We’re pavlova the moon!
    You will receive 6 x signed first edition copies of A Sweet Adventure, 3 x Griggle, Strange Creature T shirts, 6 x A4 Sweet Adventure Strange Creature Prints, 4 x A3 signed by illustrator Sweet Adventure ‘Climb Aboard the Giant Bee’ posters, 2 x Strange Creature sticker bundles, 2 x personal postcards from Oogie and Boo during their journey on A Sweet Adventure, a signed original prototype book, a book donation to a primary school of your choice and the chance to commission a children’s poem via email with the author. You will also receive email updates on our creative progress. Please select t shirt sizes. Ages 1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8, 9-11, 12-13, 14-15.

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    We mousse say, you are the apple of our pie! Thank you petit four your donation! You will receive 6 x signed first edition copies of A Sweet Adventure, 3 x Griggle, Strange Creature T shirts, 6 x A4 Sweet Adventure Strange Creature prints, 4 x signed by the illustrator, A3 'Climb Aboard the Giant Bee' posters, 2 x Strange Creature sticker bundles, 2 x personal postcards from Oogie and Boo during their journey on A Sweet Adventure, and a very special Sweet Adventure Treat - after you have received your book, the author will arrange a time to speak via telephone and read a A Sweet Adventure just for you. She will spend time chatting about the story and answering any questions you may have. She will then go on to chat about a poem you may wish to commission for someone special or for yourself. The author will take notes of all your ideas and then send separately to the package of goodies above, a specially presented poem just for you!
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    We’re so gateauxtally grateful! A very Sweet and Special School or group package! You will receive 10 copies of A Sweet Adventure and the opportunity to arrange an author’s reading of the book followed by a group session facilitated by the author. This offer is limited to London and the South East.

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