...But YOU can call me Mr. Pickles! This is an adventure of how Talon works to not only overcome being shy and learn to make friends, but also the obstacles caused by his alter egos.
The Story Talon is a Siberian Husky puppy. He is very shy. He has trouble making new friends and hides whenever anyone new comes around. When he does make friends he is never quite comfortable being himself. Talon lives with his brother Razzy. Razzy is Talon's best friend, but even though they are best friends, Talon always lets Razzy take the lead and decide what they play and when they play and even what toys Talon is allowed to have. Even with his brother he is very shy and has come up with an unusual coping mechanism to allow him to be comfortable playing.
Talon is happy the way things are, but would like to be more
like Razzy. He is slowly learning how to
be more assertive and then one day Talon's world is turned upside down when a wild,
overly energetic girl puppy comes to live with the boys and their family. Kaya is fearless and outgoing and terrifies
Talon with her exuberance. He thinks she
is just plain crazy. However, Razzy
loves her from the moment she shows up and the two become fast friends.
Talon experiences many emotions such as shyness, fear, jealousy,
and even anger as Kaya intrudes on his life and from his perspective 'steals'
his brother from him. Our story takes
Talon on a journey to help him learn that it is good to make new friends and he
can have more than one friend. He learns
that even though he and Kaya are very different they can still get along and
that even though Razzy adores Kaya, he still loves Talon just as much. Talon learns to overcome his shyness just
enough to let him finally be himself.
Our series of children's books based on the adventures
(misadventures) of huskies was inspired by our three Siberian Huskies: Razzy,
Talon, and Kaya.
We've found that children and people of all ages seem to
love huskies and we thought what better teaching tool than to use these beloved
friends to help young ones understand things like the importance of good
nutrition and exercise, how to make friends and work through feelings like
shyness, anger, or jealousy, and how to work as a team, among many other life
The dogs are both relatable and lovable and can help to
gently teach life lessons. They go
through similar things as small children do.
They have arguments with their friends, they don't want to share, and they
even get embarrassed if they have an accident or do something awkward.
The first book in our series is based on Talon as a puppy
and what happened when we first introduced Kaya. He was incredibly shy and due to his rough
start and lack of socialization didn't know how to play. We worked with him and along with his brother
coaxed him out of his shyness. When we
brought Kaya home 2 months later Talon was terrified of her. It took a lot of work and patience, but the
two finally became fast friends. Subsequent
books are also based on the real experiences we have had raising three husky
Who we are:
We are a mother, daughter, son trio who all love to be
creative. We all write and from the time
the children were little we would come up with creative and silly stories. My daughter is an illustrator and has the
ability to bring our stories to life. We
come from a long line of educators/teachers and like to look at most experiences
as teaching opportunities that gives us the potential to learn. With encouragement from our family we have
finally decided to try to bring our creations to life and share them with
The Book Series: This particular series is a teaching
series that takes everyday scenarios in children's lives and tells them from
the puppy perspective. Children will be
able to relate to the situations the puppies find themselves in and watch how
the puppies solve their problems. The
puppies experience the same types of situations that young children go through
and learn to work through them. Our goal
is to address these situations with humor and gentle encouragement.
The focus of this project
Book 1 ...But YOU can call me Mr.
Pickles!: The Story of a Shy Puppy: This is the story of brothers Talon
and Razzy and what happened when they met their new friend Kaya. It shows how Talon had to deal with all kinds
of emotions when meeting his new friend.
He had to overcome shyness, fear, and even jealousy. Told from the perspective of Siberian Husky
Subsequent stories once the first book is published (Titles are only
working titles and will most likely be changed to reflect the 'personality' and
tone of the book.):
Book 2 Sharing Can be Fun:
This book comes after the Making New Friends book. It is about our trio as they learn how to
live and play together and more specifically how important it is to learn to
share. They learn to share toys, food,
and even each other.
Book 3 But I Wanted to Lead!: This is a fun
little story about teamwork. Husky
puppies love to pull and pulling a sled is a very big deal. The Lead seems like the most important and
fun job of all of the team positions. In
this story the puppies will learn that each contribution to the team is just as
important as the rest and when they work together everyone can have a lot of
Book 4 Talon's Treats: Talon is obsessed
with treats. He loves anything that he
isn't supposed to have. In this story
Talon learns that just because something is healthy like a fruit or vegetable,
it does not mean it isn't yummy too.
Book 5 All of Us are Beautiful: This is a
very simple book that shows many of the different types of huskies. It shows different body types, fur patterns
and colors, and eye colors. The point of
the book is to show that even though each husky is unique and different, in the
end they are all the same. They are all
We are looking for funding to help us publish and market our
first book in this series. The costs in
creating a book and getting it put into print can be daunting so we need your
help to get us going.
The funding we receive from Kickstarter will help us to pay
for all the administrative costs involved in self-publishing a book. It will pay for copyrighting, acquiring the
required ISBN's, and printing a limited number of books to send to local
libraries and preschools, and the local arts councils as well as to publishers and
book stores. It will also help pay for
the rewards program and Kickstarter fees.
This will help us to fund supplies for illustration and the hopefully
the creation and fees for a website to feature our books.
Outlines for each story are completed and illustrations are
in process. We just need help with the
cost associated with marketing the first book and getting it visible, out there,
Risks and challenges
Our biggest challenge is going to be the actual marketing of our book once it is completed. We have the storyline almost complete and it just needs finalizing and edited. We have sketches and fully rendered illustrations for the book and we are well on the way to having all illustrations completed. We have been working on the design and final layout for the book and know this can be easily completed. So again the real challenge will not be completing the project, but the actual marketing of the finished book.
We feel we will be able to overcome this challenge due to several reasons. I have a strong business background including a BS in Marketing and a MA in Business. We have deep ties to the arts and cultural communities in this area and in northern Maryland. We have a geographically widespread and supportive network of family, friends, colleagues, etc. to help us spread the word about our book. The network extends from as far north as Canada through NY, PA, MD, VA, and NC and as far west as CO. So once the funding is in place we will be able to start the marketing campaign and get our book out and available to the public.
All of the above PLUS: Signed, inked line art collection of illustrations from the book. These will be hand inked illustrations on 9" x 12", 100lb smooth bristol paper. Your choice of 5 images from the book. Please add $5 for shipping.
All of the above PLUS: Complete hard copy and digital set of all 5 books once they are completed. The main package will be delivered by Dec 2012, however the additional books will be delivered as they are completed. Please add $5 for shipping.
$750 package PLUS: Limited Edition 12" x 18" print featuring all 3 pups from the book. This is a special image not seen in the book and created only for this limited edition offer. Please add $5 for shipping.
$750 package PLUS: Set of 3 Limited Edition 8" x 10" prints featuring each of the 3 pups from the book (1 puppy per image). These are special images not seen in the book and created only for this limited edition offer. Please add $5 for shipping.
$750 package PLUS choice of 1 of the Limited Edition $1,000 rewards (the set of 3 individual pup prints or the single print featuring all 3) PLUS a custom digital painting printed on gallery quality canvas print. This image can be from a photo of your pet or the animal of your choice (barring any image copyrights, you must own rights to the reference image). Photo reference will be required. Please add $5 for shipping.