Everybody Hoops but me...
What is this book about?
This is the tale of a little girl bunny who really wants to Hula Hoop and everyone else in her world can hula hoop but her. This is the story of her struggle. It teaches the lesson of never giving up.
My Mommy Hoops! Mr Moody Hoops Too!! And the Boy Next Door, And the Man at the Store, and Little Sue, She can Hoop Too!
And the birds in the sky, and the squirrels running by, and the mailman, and the policeman too!
Everybody Hoops, but me...
It does end well, I promise.
Who is it for?
This is a picture book and falls into the same category as books like Green Eggs and Ham and Where the Wild Things Are. It is intended for children of hula hooping age and up and is recommended to anyone and everyone who is young at heart and or interested in learning how to hula hoop.
How much is done?
The book is about 90% complete. I actually made a short run of 100 copies which was the first time I've ever put a book together as a draft or anything. It turned out pretty good, but it also became clear that to finish the book and edit it and make it really shine, with new edits, and about 8 new illustrations, I would need to get funding to bring it all together properly and get it printed and published. The good news is, you can get a really good idea of how nice it is going to look here in my pictures, even though the book pictured still needs a bit of work.
How will it look?
This is a 56 page, full color, perfect bound, paperback book. The inside pages will be gloss coated as well as the outside of the front cover. The inside front covers will be matte.
Who is Mother Heron?
This is my very first book as author and illustrator for Mother Heron. Mother Heron is a fictional author whom I like to call "The Boss".
Who is Anna Todaro?
I am Anna Todaro. I am the writer and illustrator of the Mother Heron Stories. I am an acrylic painter from Chicago, IL. I am responsible for all elements of this project. I wrote the story. I have created and am creating the illustrations and final layout of the book. I created this kickstarter for the book and filmed the video and was running the camera and did all the editing and sound.
Why do I make stories?
I've always been pretty good at taking complex ideas and making them simple. I've spent a lot of time really trying to create something unique that truly comes from my heart and which also speaks to the hearts of others; to create something artistic that truly speaks to the hearts of others in a way that encourages them to also speak from their own hearts. To remove the judge, the internal committee that is constantly saying "no", especially when something doesn't work out the first or second or third time. In this story, we see the perfect example of the main character's struggle with the hula hoop. She's a little princess, she should be able to hula hoop, no? And here she is in this world where everyone else seems to be able to effortlessly hoop but her, but she never gives up. She fails and fails and fails and before she knows it, she's hula hooping even at first without realizing it. She got there because she never gave up and because every time she failed, she didn't judge herself, she got up again and kept on trying. I think this is the real magic.
There are more stories in the works:
Everybody Hoops, but me... is just the beginning of what I have planned to create with Mother Heron. I already have three more books written to write and illustrate under her name including: The Hatchi Catchi Wu (about sharing and working together), How to Grow a Spaceship (About Gardening and Observation), and Lovey and the Grouch.
Check out more of what I am doing with Mother Heron online at http://www.motherheron.com
Stay up to the day with my brand new blog site for day to day updates at http://annatodaroblog.com
Check out more of what I am doing with my own artwork on my portfolio page at http://www.annatodaro.com
What are the funds paying for?
The $6,000 is for getting 1,500 copies of the book printed in the United States from a mom and pop printer. There are a few I'm looking at but their price ranges are all very similar. The reason I need 1,500 of them is based on the price per book that I can charge and still be able to distribute the books to mom and pop shops and bookstores around the world. I also want to bring them around on a book tour to do live painting and book readings at bookstores, fairs, and shops around the world. If this book gets funded, funding a nation wide and even world wide book tour to get everyone hula hooping would be an awesome push goal!
Ahead of time, I would like to thank everyone interested in this story and who is offering their support! I can not do this with out you! Thank you for believing in me and my work. I think this will be a project that all of us can truly be proud of.
Risks and challenges
Some of the biggest challenges I am going to face are technical ones like getting the layout right and learning all the legal stuff and finishing up details in the illustrations to make sure the story flows well. I do have several friends in my network who are helping me work out some of these details and are referring me to resources for assistance. I also know that I want to go with a printer in the US, but am still not 100% on which one, though a lot of them all have the same price ranges for printing my story.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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