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The Halloween Chronicles: A Narnia-Type Pop-Up Fairy Tale

An Illustrated Pop-Up Fairy Tale About Adventure, Friendship, And Love On The First Halloween! Enter The Enchanted Elm!

The Halloween Chronicles: A Narnia-Type Pop-Up Fairy Tale

An Illustrated Pop-Up Fairy Tale About Adventure, Friendship, And Love On The First Halloween! Enter The Enchanted Elm!

$3,116
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Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Sep 15 2014

About

A Reading Joy, A 3-Dimensional Toy, & Piece Of Art!

Kickstarter Exclusive Collector’s Edition: Limited to 2,500 numbered hardcover issues (40+ pages poetry, 20 pages color, and pop-up illustrations), with Backers Listings.

Halloween Chronicles: How The Magic All Started!

In his backyard playing with his puppy on October 31st, a kid vanishes! Is this some sort of Blair Witch moment---as the nervous reader and rather abrupt ending of our featured video suggests? The ensuing saga, featuring Gnome, Tooth Fairy, Candy-Andy, Pixie, Kuukua, Emong and an army of shape-shifting cranky creatures, is a classic struggle of evil versus good, trick or treat. Can Jeremy unlock the power of banding to beat back bullies, and return to our realm with the recipe for a Happy Halloween? Or will Halloween be hidden from humans for ever? Sign up to find out how the very first Halloween unfolds! 

Exquisitely Detailed Pop-Up Illustrations In Kickstarter Exclusive Collector's Edition
Exquisitely Detailed Pop-Up Illustrations In Kickstarter Exclusive Collector's Edition

Standard Edition: 30+ pages softcover (10 pages color artwork; no pop-ups). Every Backer ($10 or higher) gets to download a PDF version of this on 10/29/14.

 PDF Coloring Book: 20 pages (10 B & W, 10 color drawings + spot-the-differences).

Meet The Halloween Chronicles British Author: Christine Ekua deGraft Hanson

The Author, Christine (Far Right), With Her Inspirational Offspring!
The Author, Christine (Far Right), With Her Inspirational Offspring!

Christine really does have a sweet-tooth nephew named for the kid whisked away into Pixieland! Daughter of an award-winning author of children's literature, and a voracious reader of literary classics, Christine lovingly read to her then three tots (now Young Adults) at bedtime, magical stories. Ananse Folklore, Aesop’s Fables, Grimms,’ and Anderson’s Fairy Tales, Alice in Wonderland, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Aladdin, Gulliver's Travels, A Christmas Carol, A Mid-Summer Night's Dream, and more. On weekends away from work at a Special Needs Boarding School in the UK, she can be found writing poetry in her overgrown English gardens, where the pixies, brownies, elves, and other faerie folk do their best to distract her. "This is the fairy tale I would have written for, and read to, my kids at bedtime if I wasn't too busy raising them to write!" --- Christine

What Your Support Of This Kickstarter Hopes To Do:

Help SoftStorms publish Christine deGraft Hanson's magic manuscript the Halloween Chronicles, inspired by C.S. Lewis Chronicles of Narnia, into her first-ever kid's book in print, and donate 500 copies to classrooms, libraries, shelters and children’s hospitals.

SoftStorms: Proud Sponsors of Family-Friendly Fun!

Lillian says "On behalf of SoftStorms, Christine, and David (Video Gnome) thanks for your support."
Lillian says "On behalf of SoftStorms, Christine, and David (Video Gnome) thanks for your support."
Somewhere over the rainbow way up high
There's a land that I heard of once in a lullaby
Somewhere over the rainbow skies are blue
And the dreams that you dare to dream really do come true
Someday I'll wish upon a star
And wake up where the clouds are far
Behind me
Where troubles melt like lemon drops
Away above the chimney tops
That's where you'll find me
Somewhere over the rainbow bluebirds fly
Birds fly over the rainbow. Why then, oh, why can't I?
If happy little bluebirds fly
Beyond the rainbow why, oh, why can't I? (Lyrics: "Over The Rainbow" - Judy Garland)

Risks and challenges

"Imagine all the children, living with broken dreams; no trick-or-treat to go to, chemo and radiation too. Imagine injured children, living life in pain. . . You, you may say, we are dreamers, but we're not the only ones. We hope this day you will join us, and the world will read as one." Yes, let's "Imagine" (John Lennon) and "Heal The World" (Michael Jackson).

Lend your support to swap sick and suffering kids groans for giggles, their harsh hair-loss realities with magical moments of Phoenix growing back feathers lost in a fire, and Pixie defeating Emong. Not just on Halloween, but year-round when they read our faerie tale.

The funds provided by you, our backers, will be applied towards:
* Illustration * Professional Editing * Book Design And Publishing *
* Kickstarter / Amazon Fees (10%) * Backer Rewards Fulfillment *

This is our second Kickstarter, so we have the experience of our first fully-funded campaign, Go Pharaoh. In fact, 90% of our backers from Go Pharaoh (which is on development target) are pledging again on this project (thanks, guys)! But, we don't pretend to know it all, so we want your comments, and ask you to please invite people in your social circles or business networks to back our campaign! Thanks for going the distance on our Odyssey. May Soft Storms be with you!

S T R E T C H GOALS

Stretch goals are levels of support beyond the basic amount needed to get the Halloween Chronicles off the author's desk and into kids eager hands. Just as a rising tide lifts all boats, so too, stretch goals benefit backers by improving your rewards. So, if we exceed our Kickstarter goal, for every extra $7,500 raised above target, or every additional 750 backers (whichever is reached first), we will unlock (in numerical order) one of the targets below:

1. Release a Spanish Standard Edition and give backers a PDF copy free; 2. Give 250 Spanish Editions free to Schools; 3. Release a French Standard Edition and give backers a PDF copy free; 4. Give 250 Spanish Editions free to Hospitals; 5. Enhance Halloween Chronicles Website; 6. Do English, Spanish & French Audio Books; 7. Give 250 French Editions to Kids Charities; 8. Cloth-Bind Collector's Edition, add artwork; 9. Make Sketch Book with Illustrator's artwork and give it to $75+ pledge level backers ; 10. Print Collector's Edition on Acid-free Paper; 10. Do mobile game based on book!

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    HUMAN HELPER. Your pledge helps bring this book one step closer to a reading room near you, and gets you insider updates. Thanks!

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    BASHFUL BANSHEE. You get: a link to download a write-in-your-name Pixieland Membership Certificate + digital (PDF) Halloween Chronicles on October 29, 2014.

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    FUNNY FAUN. You get: Banshee reward + digital Halloween Chronicles Coloring Book + 1 Standard Edition of Halloween Chronicles featuring 10 illustrations when published in 2015 + Bronze patron listing on Halloween Chronicles website (Under construction by the Elves who only have the secret map to Pixieland---see reward #10---going live on October 15, after successful funding).

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    UNIQUE UNICORN. If you’re not too busy galloping through the Enchanted Woodlands, you get: Faun reward + Signed Bookplate + 1 Halloween Chronicles T-shirt (available in Toddler-Youth-Adult-Giant sizes) + Silver patron listing on Halloween Chronicles website.

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    LOVELY LEPRECHAUN. You EARLY BAT, you! Your Pot of Gold will be: Unicorn reward + 1 Kickstarter Exclusive Collector's Edition Halloween Chronicles (featuring 20+ color illustrations, including 10 pop-ups, not available for retail) + website listing as Gold patron + extra 1 Standard Edition donated in your name to your designated local school in 2015.

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    GOLD GOBLIN. You EARLY OWL. Thanks for giving a hoot, to wit, who better than you? You get: Leprechaun reward.

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    KNOWING GNOME. You get: Goblin reward + 1 Giclee 6” x 9" print sample of Illustrator's artwork for you + 2 Standard Editions donated directly in one batch in your name to your chosen library, school, family shelter, or house of worship in 2015.

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    SPLENDID SPRITE. You get: Gnome reward + extra 2 Standard Editions (6 books total) donated directly in one batch in your name to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital or your chosen children’s charity in 2015.

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    TOOTSIE TROLL. You get: UNICORN reward + 2 extra Collector's Edition + 3 Standard Editions digitally signed by Pixie + 2 Giclee 6" x 9" fine print samples of Illustrator's work + 10 Pixieland-themed pop-up Greeting Cards with matching envelopes (think: holidays, baby showers, birthdays).

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    ELEGANT ELF. You get: Troll reward + website listing as Diamond Patron + 3 extra T-shirts + personalized mailed letter from Pixie to your chosen child by this Halloween Day 2014 + 2 laser-printed wall posters featuring illustrations from the Collector's Edition + a digital scan of 2 of the author's own original drawings in her manuscript + exclusive secret map of Pixieland.

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    SATIRICAL SATYR. You get: Leprechaun reward + website listing as Platinum Patron + 4 extra Collector's Editions in 2015, signed by Author + 4 extra T-shirts + personalized mailed letter from Pixie to your chosen child this Halloween 2014 + 5-minute "Pixie" phone call to your chosen child this year Halloween 2014 + extra 6 Standard Editions in 2015, personalized by Author + 1 unique artwork digitally signed by Illustrator.

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    FUDGE FAERIE. You're as sweet as can be, and you like to grant wishes, so how about you get your wishes granted for a change? You get: Satyr reward + Mini-Portrait of you sketched and hand-signed by the Book Illustrator from your digital photo + this year Halloween 2014 downloaded Pre-recorded Video Greeting to your named child by Tooth Faerie + rights to name a kid whose tooth Tooth Faerie harvests in Collector's Edition + a digital, signed scan of 10 of the author's own original artwork from her manuscript + Kickstarter Exclusive custom-created Fudge Fairie outfit.

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    MINDFUL MAGE. Set aside your magic potion for a minute and you’ll get: Satyr reward + Your name or business name and logo featured for one year on our website and on the title page of Standard Edition as Sponsor + Connecticut all-afternoon strategy session with SoftStorms about launching your own Kickstarter project + same-day dinner discussion about writing or publishing your own kids book with Author (you pick the cuisine---bringing along a friend is fine, we'll pick the restaurant, and you won't have to go Dutch either, but your travel and CT accommodation expenses are excluded) + your child’s name and likeness used to create a character (except Jeremy and Kuukua) in Collector's Edition.

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    PIXIE PAL. You get everything available to Fudge Faerie + Kickstarter Exclusive custom-designed Pixie Princess Dress for the one-of-a-kind princess + Your name or business name and logo featured for one full year on the Home Page of Halloween Chronicles website and on the title page of Collector's Edition as Sponsor + Author actually appears all the way from England in Chronicles character costume at School (or other suitable venue) of your choice once during next year Halloween Week 2015 and recites or reads selected verses from Collector's Edition, inserting kids in the audience’s names where practical + 1 more unique mystery reward (hint: "ulmus americana"), but we would have to write a story sequel just to explain it.

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