About this project
Once upon a time, there was a writer, an artist, and a pet store. One day, the writer asked her husband, the pet store owner, for a list of all the animals he had in his shop. Why? Because as a writer, she liked words, and this list was full of interesting animal words.
While playing with these words she made an inspiring discovery. The Animal Store has at least one animal for every letter of the alphabet. Well, in the mind of a writer, that meant only one thing … it was time to write an alphabet book.
The Animal Store Alphabet Book
By pure serendipity, the writer happened to be related to an artist, and shared her idea and the list of animals. In the mind of an artist, words and animals inspire all kinds of beautiful and interesting images.
They chose an animal for each letter of the alphabet. The writer wrote about them, in verse and in prose. The artist painted them on vibrant canvases. And together, they created the Animal Store Alphabet Book. To see some of the magic, watch our video above.
We've done every inch of this project by hand ourselves. It's really all ours—the conception, design, writing, painting, page layouts, video (who knew we could do all this stuff?). Everything you see here, we created—even the companion products.
It's an exciting time in publishing, a time when two talented people with energy and imagination can make something wonderful all on their own. The next step is to publish, print and distribute it ourselves, too … with your help.
By supporting this project you're basically preordering our products, with the added perk of getting your copy of the book signed by the author and the artist.
Everyone knows the wonder of poring over the words and images of a colorful picture book. To live happily ever after (and help us finish the job), preorder your copy today. Pick the "B is for Book" package. You know, over there, on the right-hand side.
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This is Kickstarter. You know we've got other cool stuff for you, right? Read all about them on the right; see what they look like below.
So the first fun thing (besides the book, of course) is the companion coloring book.
Try your hand at being an artist, and maybe even let your favorite kid try a page or two.
The images look beautiful together, so we designed a poster. It's perfect for kids' rooms, classrooms, doctors' offices, animal lovers, and the pizza delivery guy.
For that personal touch, you can order the letter of your choice on a stretched canvas frame. H is for Hedgehog. And Hannah. Or Henry.
Order this groovy book bag and you'll also get your name in the book. And not just with a Sharpie, either. Your name will be printed in every single copy. (Limited edition, just 20 of these packages are available). Update 9/24/12: this package is sold out, but you can still get our great book bag with our new I is Incredible package. See details below.
Original Artwork and Customized Verse
Think our work is original, outstanding, out-of-this world? Wait till you see what we can do for you personally. Preorder the G is for Grand Poobah package for your own, customized 30"x30" original painting by Rebecca and a framed, original verse written just for you by Susan. (Very limited edition: we are offering just 5 of these custom packages.)
Here's Rebecca's 14-year-old son Ari with a couple of the paintings so you get an idea of the scale.
And here's what the framed verse will look like (only with your custom verse written just for you, and not mocked up like this one, but framed very nicely nonetheless, and with Susan's real signature, which is not nearly this pretty, but you get the idea).
H is for Hot Deal package
By popular demand, here's our new package: 4 signed hardcover copies of the book plus 4 copies of the coloring book all for $75. That's a savings of $25. Such a deal!
I is for Incredible package
Thanks to all who bought out the 20 available F is for Foreword packages, which is now sold out. To keep our beautiful book bag available through Kickstarter, we are now offering the I is for Incredible package, which gets you one of everything for just $100.
Thank you, thank you, thank you for your support. We hope the Animal Store Alphabet Book will become a favorite in your home.
*Delivery to the continental US is included in our packages. Additional fees will apply to shipment outside of this delivery area.
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