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The Animal Store Alphabet Book—a visually stunning, fact-filled, fun-to-read picture book for pet and animal lovers of all ages.

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. 

Wait a Minute!

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. 

Coloring Book

So the first fun thing (besides the book, of course) is the companion coloring book.

Coloring book is 8.5"x11"
Coloring book is 8.5"x11"

Try your hand at being an artist, and maybe even let your favorite kid try a page or two. 

How will your color your amphibians?
How will your color your amphibians?

Poster

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.

Poster is 24"x36"
Poster is 24"x36"

Canvas Print

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. 

Canvas prints are 12"x12".
Canvas prints are 12"x12".

Book Bag

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. 

Book bag is 4.5"D x 11.5"H x 16"W
Book bag is 4.5"D x 11.5"H x 16"W

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. 

Imagine an original work of art painted just for you.
Imagine an original work of art painted just for you.

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). 

UPDATE 9/8/12:

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!

UPDATE 9/24/12:

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. 

1 book + 1 coloring book + 1 poster + 1 canvas print + 1 book bag
1 book + 1 coloring book + 1 poster + 1 canvas print + 1 book bag

Thank you, thank you, thank you for your support. We hope the Animal Store Alphabet Book will become a favorite in your home. 

Susan and Rebecca
Susan and Rebecca

*Delivery to the continental US is included in our packages. Additional fees will apply to shipment outside of this delivery area.

FAQ

  • You bet. Choose the book package. When asked to enter your pledge amount, enter a multiple of $20 that reflects how many books you want. For example, if you want three books, enter $60. We will confirm your order in the end-of-campaign survey.

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  • We'd be thrilled. Pick the highest level package you want, add the amount of the other package(s) into your pledge amount, and we will confirm your order at the end of the campaign with a survey so we get everything right. For example, if you want the poster package and one extra copy of the book, pick the poster package, enter $65 as your pledge amount. Voila!

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    A is for AUDIOVISUAL ......................................................... The Animal Store Alphabet book narrated in an audiovisual presentation. You will receive a link to download the video to the device of your choice. Let someone else read to your kids. ............................................................. Package includes: 1 video download

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    B is for BOOK ......................................................... Buy the Book. A signed, hardcover copy of the Animal Store Alphabet Book. Includes delivery.* ............................................................. Package includes: 1 signed book

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    C is for COLORING BOOK ......................................................... What kid wouldn’t love a matching coloring book? Ours features whimsical line drawings of all 26 letters. Check out our website for some samples. Includes delivery.* ............................................................. Package includes: 1 signed book + 1 coloring book

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    D is for DECORATIVE POSTER ........................................................... A perfect companion to the book, this delightful poster will help children learn their ABCs with amazing animals. Includes delivery.* ............................................................. Package includes: 1 signed book + 1 coloring book + 1 poster

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    E is for EPONYMOUS ......................................................... We couldn't find anything else that started with E that remotely made sense. You get a full-color 12”x12" stretched canvas print of the letter of your choice. Decorate Jason’s room with a J of Jungle Pythons. Includes delivery.* ............................................................. Package includes: 1 signed book + 1 coloring book + 1 stretched canvas letter print

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    H is for HOT DEAL ......................................................... We've had lots of requests to order more than one book, so we've created this package that gets you four (yep, 4) signed hardcover copies of the book AND four coloring books. You save $25. Such a deal! Includes delivery.* ............................................................. Package includes: 4 signed books + 4 coloring books

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    F is for FOREWORD ......................................................... For your contribution of $100 or more, you will receive our sincere gratitude, memorialized in the form of an acknowledgement in the foreword of our book PLUS our exclusive, beautifully embroidered book bag. Includes delivery.* ............................................................. Package includes: 1 signed book + 1 coloring book + 1 poster OR canvas letter print (your choice) + your name in the book + a book bag

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    I is for INCREDIBLE ......................................................... Since our F is for Foreword package has sold out, we've created this package that gets you one of EVERYTHING: a signed, hard-cover copy of the book, a coloring book, a poster, a full-color 12”x12" stretched canvas print of the letter of your choice AND the embroidered book bag. Incredible, right? This is now the only package under $1,000 that gets you our exclusive book bag. Includes delivery.* ............................................................. Package includes: 1 signed book + 1 coloring book + 1 poster + 1 canvas letter print (your choice) + 1 book bag

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    G is for GRAND POOBAH ......................................................... Your contribution of $1,000 deserves something special, so we want to give you something from our hearts—an original painting and custom verse. Commission Rebecca to paint a customized original 30”x30” letter of your choice, featuring the animal of your choice. Commission Susan to write a personalized original verse, beautifully displayed on a framed, 8' x 10" print, featuring the initial, name and animal of your choice. Includes delivery.* ............................................................. Package includes: 1 signed book + 1 coloring book + 1 poster OR canvas letter print (your choice) + 1 custom painting + 1 original verse + your name in the book + a book bag

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