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The captivating illustrations and unique story of CRAVES can be used to introduce young readers to topics like cravings and addiction.
The captivating illustrations and unique story of CRAVES can be used to introduce young readers to topics like cravings and addiction.
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***BIG THANKS to Megan and Peter at Bookbound in Ann Arbor, MI for letting me record my little video in their shop!***

CRAVES will be my 3rd picture book as an independently published author/illustrator! Here are some samples from my first two books (signed copies available as backer rewards!)

My first book! THE WOODCUTTER AND THE MOST BEAUTIFUL TREE (hardcover, 2011)
My first book! THE WOODCUTTER AND THE MOST BEAUTIFUL TREE (hardcover, 2011)

 
My second book! LELANI AND THE PLASTIC KINGDOM (hardcover, 2014)
My second book! LELANI AND THE PLASTIC KINGDOM (hardcover, 2014)

And here we are with my new project: CRAVES. 

*Image from the story, not the actual cover :)
*Image from the story, not the actual cover :)

As an independently published book, your support is crucial in this final step to help offset printing costs for CRAVES. We have a goal of $7830 and I know we can hit that target in 30 days. If just 13 people join our campaign each day at the $20 level, we'll meet our goal.    

This book has proven to be a wonderful challenge for me as an artist, as well as a writer. The story took over a year to complete, despite being only 190 words(!) The story took so long to come together because my goal was to introduce our youngest readers to some complicated topics: cravings and addiction. I wanted this book to treat these concepts in a way that was meaningful and accessible. I accomplished this by focusing first on writing a solid story, and including elements of metaphor that can then be used to begin a conversation. 

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The illustrations are black and white, done using watercolor and colored pencil on watercolor block. I don't too often work in b&w, so this was a fun challenge for me, stylistically.

LOOK! A crave!
LOOK! A crave!

The end product is a dramatic, engaging book that readers of all ages can pick up and read in a few minutes, but will think about, wrestle with, and cherish for a lifetime.    

Visit www.robbnjohnston.com OR www.cravesbook.com for more info!!!

Risks and challenges

Once we hit our fundraising goal, I see very few challenges or obstacles that could prevent us from getting books in our hands. The work is basically all finished. There are possibilities for delays once the formatting/printing process begins. For my part, I insist on producing a book we can all be proud of, so I will not give the final ok on printing until everything looks perfect. But, I haven't had any troubles in the past working with my printer, so I don't anticipate any major delays.

TIMELINE:

Kickstarter fundraising: May-June
Books printed: :July
Rewards sent out: Aug-Sept

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    DIGITAL THANKS!! I'd love to recognize your support and put your name on a special "Thank You" page at robbnjohnston.com as a small token of my immense gratitude :)

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    DIGITAL REWARD!! You get 3 desktop wallpapers featuring art from CRAVES, as well as your name on a "Thank You" page at robbnjohston.com

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    DELUXE DIGITAL REWARD!! You get a PDF version of CRAVES, plus 3 wallpapers, and a place on the "Thank You" website page :)

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    BOOK!! Get a signed, personalized copy of CRAVES, plus a PDF version, 3 wallpapers, and your name on the "Thank You" webpage :)

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    BOOKS!! Get 2 signed, personalized copies of CRAVES, one for you and one to share. You also get the PDF version, 3 wallpapers, and a website "Thank You" :)

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    ROBBS LIBRARY!! Get signed, personalized copies of CRAVES (2), The Woodcutter and The Most Beautiful Tree (2011), and Lelani and The Plastic Kingdom (2014). Also includes the PDF version, 3 wallpapers, and the website "Thank You" :)

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    BOOKS and PRINTS!! You get a signed copy of CRAVES and a signed print featuring art from the book. Prints are full-size reproductions of the artwork, on archival quality paper. Approx. 6.5" x 9.5" Also includes the PDF version, 3 wallpapers, and the website "Thank You" :)

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    BOOKS and SELECT PRINTS!! You get a signed copy of CRAVES and 4 signed prints featuring art from my favorite pages of the book. Prints are full-size reproductions of the artwork, on archival quality paper. Approx. 6.5" x 9.5" each. You also get the PDF version, 3 wallpapers, and the website "Thank You" :)

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    SMALL GROUP SET!! 10 signed, personalized copies of CRAVES. Perfect for teachers or counselors who wish to introduce the topic of addiction to small groups. Also includes the PDF version, wallpapers, and a website "thank you" :)

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    !!ORIGINAL ART!! Get your very own CRAVE! I'll make you an original illustration inspired by art from the book. Signed, black and white illustration on 9"x12" watercolor paper, mixed media. Includes a signed copy of CRAVES as well as the PDF version, wallpapers, and a website thanks :)

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    CLASSROOM SET!! 25 signed, personalized copies of CRAVES. Perfect for a teachers or counselors who wish to introduce the topic of addiction to a classroom. Also includes the PDF version, wallpapers, and a website "thank you" :)

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    !!YOU'RE IN THE BOOK!! It would be my pleasure to acknowledge your extreme generosity by including your name in the book. I'll be hand-lettering your name in a one-of-a-kind illustration! Let the world know that you support CRAVES and its message! You'll also get two signed copies of CRAVES, a piece of ORIGINAL ART, the PDF version, wallpapers, and the your name on the website :) WOAH.

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    Craving some shavings?? I'll send you 2 signed copies of CRAVES plus a ziploc bag containing the hair from my freshly shorn scalp! I'll get my hair washed(ish) and cut on the day the books arrive.

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