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First printed personalized children’s book, whose lead character can be customized to look like any child (any ethnicity & disability)
First printed personalized children’s book, whose lead character can be customized to look like any child (any ethnicity & disability)
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Thank you for all the support 

Our campaign has ended on 07/1/15 at 10:00am. We would like to give a shout out to all of our amazing backers and say thank you for all the support. You made My Magical Adventure happen and helped to bring more diversity to children’s books. 

The fact that our campaign is over does not mean that you can’t get a book anymore. If you want to stay in touch with Crayon Crunch or get a personalized children’s book, 

visit www.crayoncrunch.com 

All the best, 

Team Crayon Crunch

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What happens if you mix software engineering with traditional children’s book printing? You get the first-ever printed personalized book, in which the lead character looks like the child reading it.

My Magical Adventure is a printed personalized children’s book, whose lead character can be customized to look like any child, including all ethnicities and special needs.

We want to celebrate diversity and created a first-of-its-kind children's book. All our books are printed uniquely and will be as diverse as the little ones reading them.

 These are the features that you will be able to personalize:

These are the lead character's features you can customize
These are the lead character's features you can customize

Many parents have already created the lead character for their books. Here are just a few examples of what the lead character can look like, the combinations are almost endless.

These are just a few examples, the combination options are almost endless
These are just a few examples, the combination options are almost endless

When Friederike, one of our co-founders, visited her nephew, she brought him a personalized children’s book. Friederike could only personalize the lead character's name. Everyone loved it, but while reading the book, she could only point at his name and never say "Look! That's you in the book!" Her nephew just looked very different than the lead character. She researched alternatives and was surprised that there was not much choice.

What started as the idea to create a book for her nephew, quickly grew into the mission to create a book for every child.

After the Kickstarter is over, we will send you a link where you can customize the lead character to look like your child. 

Here are the lead character's features you can customize:

  • Name
  • Hairstyle and hair color
  • Facial features
  • Eye color
  • Clothing 
  • Skin tone
  • Add any special needs (e.g. wheelchair, glasses, pacemaker, prosthetics, ...)

The combination options are nearly endless. The two animated images only show a few examples of different customization options for hairstyles and colors as well as clothing.

A few examples of different hairstyles and colors
A few examples of different hairstyles and colors
A few clothing examples
A few clothing examples

The character design will be similar to how a character in a video game is customized. After choosing the different characteristics, we show you what the child will look like and request you to approve the final design. Additionally, part of the customization process is a personalized letter. We will pre-write part of the letter, but you are welcome and encouraged to write a personal message. The child’s name and the keyhole of the box will be personalized as well. The keyhole will be in the shape of the first letter of the child’s name.

The keyhole of the box is personalized to the first letter of your child's name
The keyhole of the box is personalized to the first letter of your child's name

Following are some closeup images for some of our special rewards

Our signed 18"x24" poster:

 The Crayon Crunch coloring book:

 Our Creative Development Book:

Limited Edition Hardcover Book
Limited Edition Hardcover Book

The story is about your child, who finds a mysterious box in the attic. This box has a keyhole in the shape of the first letter of your child’s name, but the key is nowhere to be found. While searching the key, he or she finds an interesting looking hat, puts it on and journeys into an imaginary world.

On his or her adventure, your child meets curious characters that all project different personalities onto her, due to the hat. At the end of the story, your child finds the magical key tree that bares a key just for him or her.

In the story, your child will learn about the value of helping others, the importance of believing in yourself and the power of imagination. When your child opens the box, he/she will find a personalized letter written by you.

Tim Osterbuhr, Chief Executive Officer, is and has been an entrepreneur his entire life. He founded his first company during high school and holds a business degree from UC Berkeley.

Friederike Geiken, Engineer and Creative Developer, is a self-taught engineer and passionate about creating digital and physical products. She graduated from San Francisco State University with a degree in Apparel Design and Merchandising.

Kai Schmittat, Print Operations and Business Development, is a jack of all trades. He is currently heading business development at a sensor startup and dad to a two year old son.

Rachel Sharp, Artist, is creating our beautiful illustrations. Rachel has been drawing her entire life and her over 40,000 followers on the art website DeviantArt would probably agree that she is really good at it.

A big project like this could never be realized without the help of some really talented people. We want to extend a big and special thank you to:

Lilia Vega, who helped us put our idea into words. She is a young author from UC Berkeley and worked with us on the development of the story.

Ademar Rodrigues, who created this awesome Kickstarter video. We can’t say how much we appreciate your work.

All of My Magical Adventure illustrations are created by the amazing Rachel Sharp. Rachel is extremely creative and puts a lot of effort into her work. She loves to create fun and detailed illustrations. Not only does Rachel create beautiful illustrations, she is also extremely fast. Check out her DeviantArt profile and be ready to be amazed. http://sharkie19.deviantart.com/

We need your help to make this book a reality. Our Kickstarter campaign allows us to bring this book into the hands of many children around the world. While all the artwork and the story are done, we need a certain amount of orders to be able to go into production. We also need help to get all the supplies needed to print and ship the books. With your help, we can start printing customized books and allow every child, no matter what ethnicity or disability, to go on an adventure.

You can order the book as either softcover or hardcover (limited edition). The book is 11x8.5 inches and has 32 pages. We are working with one of the biggest printers on the West Coast and we need to reach our goal of $10,000 to go into production.

Details of the budget

  • Softcover printing 
  • Hardcover printing 
  • Editor for wording and sentence structure and flow
  • Book production 
  • Software development 
  • Packaging Shipping

Risks and challenges

We spent months learning about publishing and printing, but this book is a true first-of-its-kind. So far we have test-printed various copies of the book and are fortunate to have an amazing team supporting us.

We have partnered with one of the biggest printers on the west coast to print the book. They are experts in print-on-demand and are working with some big name personalization companies. Even though we have test-printed various books with them, we might have to make adjustments to our software if we submit large volumes of personalized books. We are doing our best to ensure that the correct illustrations end up in the correct book, but at large volumes there can always be printing errors. This could potentially cause minor delays.

We will keep you updated about the process and we are determined to make sure everything works out as planned

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    DEDICATED SUPPORTER
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    SIGNED POSTER
    Get the Kickstarter only poster signed by all founders. The poster is 18"x24" and high-quality. The perfect reward for everyone who loves our artwork!

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    PERSONALIZED SOFTCOVER BOOK
    Get your high-quality personalized softcover book. The book is about 8.5"x11" (landscape) and has 32 pages.

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    EVERYONE IS AN ARTIST PACKAGE
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    LIMITED EDITION PERSONALIZED HARDCOVER BOOK
    Get the limited edition personalized hardcover book signed by all three founders. The book is about 8.5"x11" (landscape) and includes a little surprise. We only offer this limited edition for our Kickstarter supporters :-)

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    LIMITED EDITION PERSONALIZED HARDCOVER BOOK + COLORING BOOK
    Get the limited edition personalized hardcover book signed by all three founders + an amazing coloring book with all the characters the child meets in the story. The hardcover book is about 8.5"x11" (landscape) and includes a little surprise. We only offer this limited edition for our Kickstarter supporters :-)

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    2x PERSONALIZED SOFTCOVER BOOKS
    Get TWO high-quality personalized softcover books. Each book is about 8.5"x11" (landscape) and has 32 pages. This is the perfect bundle for siblings or friends!

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    COLLECTOR EDITION
    Get the limited edition personalized hardcover book (signed by all three founders) + the coloring book + our collectors book. The collectors book includes all our artwork, from concept art to finished illustration. Learn more about the team behind the book, our mission and how we came up with the idea. We only offer this limited edition for our Kickstarter supporters :-)

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    YOUR NAME/Brand** IN THE BOOK
    Get the limited edition personalized hardcover book + We’ll include your name/brand** under a special thank you section inside every personalized book we sell on Kickstarter.
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