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A Flamboyance of Flamingos is the quirky first children's book written and illustrated by Sophie Stone. Fantastical yet factual fun!
A Flamboyance of Flamingos is the quirky first children's book written and illustrated by Sophie Stone. Fantastical yet factual fun!
112 backers pledged AU$ 10,000 to help bring this project to life.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR/ILLUSTRATOR

I just adore books: real, tangible books that you can smell, and hold and feel the texture of the pages. Technology is great, but for me it's all about the real deal.

As an unpublished author it is hard to get your work through the door and in the right hands, and the competition of work out there is immense. Turning to the self publishing route seemed to me the most logical option, to take matters into my own hands. 

To get this book to the printers we will need your help and your pledges, this flamboyance can't make it happen on their own, every pledge will help.

ABOUT THE BOOK

A Flamboyance of Flamingos is a story about animals, and the collective nouns used to describe them when in a group.

For as long as I can remember I have drawn and illustrated, and made up stories. This project is the perfect marriage of artistic elements for me; dreaming up the story, illustrating the images, it is an artistic collaborative dream come true, and it's something I have wanted to make for a long time.

A memory of Elephants, from the book A Flamboyance of Flamingos
A memory of Elephants, from the book A Flamboyance of Flamingos

Over the years I have worked on various different ideas and shows, writing and acting in stage plays, producing art exhibitions, sewing necklaces, hand crafting blankets and mobiles for babies, and the theme of animals is a common one that tends to crop up in my work.

Animals are a wonderful subject, they offer so much variety and sass, and are such an interesting topic personality wise. I just love that every animal gets their own special pronoun for their type of group. And what fabulous words they are indeed- this book just about wrote itself.

A Flamboyance of Flamingos
A Flamboyance of Flamingos

The end result will be something quirky and fun, offering a sense of whimsy and silliness, but there is still an element of education in learning these bizarre yet true names for animals.

In addition to our hero story we are also creating a Colouring in book, featuring the black and white images of the animals to create your own colour crazed masterpieces, along with a selection of limited edition signed prints to mount on your wall.

The story has been written, the illustrations loving hand crafted, and the designers are now putting the finishing touches on the layout. We are ready to launch! All funds raised in this project will go towards the printing costs of making this book a reality.

A pod of Whales, from the book a Flamboyance of Flamingos
A pod of Whales, from the book a Flamboyance of Flamingos

ABOUT THE LAUNCH

A Flamboyance of Flamingos has been such a passionate and creative project of mine, and we plan to set it off with a bang. The book will launch in late November at the brand new pop up store - The Tribe Art & Design, coming to Sydney's Oxford st. 

We invite you to join us for the book launch party, which will showcase the original artworks as a gallery show. There will be bubbles, and book signing for the adults, and for the kids a special book launch party of their own. With a special story time read of the Flamboyance, along with a colouring in competition and prizes.

Risks and challenges

Given that this is my first children's book, the process of printing and publishing is a new one, and there have already been plenty of learning curves along the way.

As an unpublished author it is hard to get your work through the door and in the right hands, and the competition of work out there is immense. Turning to the self publishing route seemed to me the most logical option, to take matters into my own hands.

To get this book to the printers we will need your help and your pledges, this flamboyance can't make it happen on their own, every pledge will help.

The printing process will take about 3 weeks to turnaround, and starting point will be determined by us having the final layout finished ready in time to hit print. Currently the images and story are all done, and we are finalising the type design and layout.

In the event that we are delayed in getting the layout finished in time- there may be a slight push back on the book launch. If it comes to this then we will keep you informed and highlight this as early as we can.

The delivery of the final books will be our other variable. If there is some unforeseen complication with machines/boats/planes, and we experience a delay in getting our books, then again we shall have to look at moving the launch and delivery date back. But fingers crossed, and we shall keep you posted.

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    Pledge AU$ 28 or more About $21

    Book me!

    This pledge secures your copy of the limited first edition new book 'A Flamboyance of Flamingos', and comes with wonderful warm fuzzy feelings of helping out your pal Soph in achieving her dreams. Woo hoo!

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    Book book!

    This pledge gets you not only a copy of the limited first edition new book 'A Flamboyance of Flamingos', it also secures you a copy of the Flamboyance of Flamingos Colouring in book. The perfect gift set this christmas for those little trouble makers!

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    Pledge AU$ 120 or more About $88

    The Collectors Set

    Cant get enough of the Flamboyance- then this is the pledge for you. Limited first edition copy of the new book Flamboyance of Flamingos, the very special Colouring in book companion, and a limited edition signed A3 print to hang on your wall. YUSSS!

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    I'm your biggest fan

    This is your chance to snag one of the original pages of the book- an original artwork. The illustrations for A Flamboyance of Flamingos were created first as black and white images on A2 canvas. This very special offer see's you snap up a framed original artwork at a discounted price to keep for your very own, along with a copy of the limited first edition book A Flamboyance of Flamingos. But get in quick- there are only a few artwork up for grabs!

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