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Endearing story of a Siberian Husky puppy who has an unusual coping mechanism to deal with his shyness. Preschool/early elementary book Read more

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Endearing story of a Siberian Husky puppy who has an unusual coping mechanism to deal with his shyness. Preschool/early elementary book

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...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.

Razzy
Razzy

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. 

Kaya
Kaya

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 Inspirations:

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 lessons.

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 puppies. 

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 others.

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 puppies.

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 fun.

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 huskies.

Funding

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, and available.

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.

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