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!
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!
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
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!
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!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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