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A rhyming adventure of besties that explores persistence in seeking individuality while maintaining deep friendships over time.
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Who is Madame Yoo?

Madame Yoo is the quirky character created by Usma Khan and illustrated by Lee Davis. Both of us identify with Madame Yoo’s unique style, persistence, and drive to find her own personal passion. 

 What’s the project? 

The 29-page children’s book Madame Yoo and Horatio’s Extravaganza is 80% complete. Only a few more illustrations and editing, and we are ready to print!!!! We need your help to bring our project to life.

Who we are 

Author and Illustrator
Author and Illustrator

We are old friends. Usma and Lee met on a one-year-long abroad program in Indonesia in 1995. We have remained friends to this day, and have found delight in telling and illustrating a tale that, above all, speaks to having good friendships over time.

Sneak peaks....

Lee paints from photographs, so this.....

Usma rockin the sax
Usma rockin the sax

 and this.....

Lee chowing down on fish sticks and mayo
Lee chowing down on fish sticks and mayo

Is the source of imagery for the illustration. 

Fish Sticks and Mayo illustration
Fish Sticks and Mayo illustration

 Some poses were harder to accomplish....

Lee modeling for illustration
Lee modeling for illustration

And this little bit of gymnastics became....

Madame Yoo swimming in the ocean
Madame Yoo swimming in the ocean

 Some models were a little more difficult.....

Horatio the stuffed toy marmot
Horatio the stuffed toy marmot

Horatio the "model" refused to smile leaving a lot to the artist's (Lee) imagination.  Horatio the stuffed marmot became....

Horatio at the circus
Horatio at the circus

 Budget

Our goal of reaching $3500 will allow us to print approximately 300 perfect bound softcover books and 100 hard cover books.  It will also cover draft printing costs and fun essentials like wigs and costumes.  

Stretch Goals

We hope to raise an additional $2500 to cover Lee's illustration costs and another $1000 to polish up our website and other marketing materials for future book distribution.  Additional funds will go toward printing more books and other future projects.

Beyond the Book

We are ladies with a million ideas.  Usma has more stories to tell.  Lee would like to work on math videos, "Madame Yoo Masters Math" starting with algebra.  More to come....

Risks and challenges

Although we are almost at the finish line on illustrating our story, we are navigating the production aspects of the project. Finding the right printing press to produce the highest color and binding quality is still before us. Another challenge is any potential shipping delays that may be associated with the printing process.

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