‘The Anteater That Didn’t’ is an illustrated book for older children (8-11) & adults, mainly set in ‘The Humble Crumple Café’ in Brighton, East Sussex.
This book will sit alongside Roald Dahl classics. The story deals with themes of love, loss and acceptance. such as Shel Silverstein’s work ‘The Missing Piece’ and ‘The Giving Tree’, as well as 'The Little Prince'
'The Anteater That Didn't' is the first in a series of books featuring Nigel De Montfort.
After being introduced to anteater, Nigel De Montfort, and the very rundown ‘Humble Crumple Café’ in the first few chapters, the story moves to several flashbacks showing how Les and Betty Crumple moved to Brighton to set up their business in the 1960s.
Nigel stumbles across Les and The Humble Crumple Cafe which leads to huge interest of the local newspaper as nobody has ever seen an anteater eat a cream tea.
Buxton Philpott, Editor 'The Good Cafe Guide' gets wind of this and decides it's time to review the café once more. Buxton is legendary as a a food critic and can make or break establishments with his opinion.
One pivotal chapter sees Nigel overhearing Les mumbling in his sleep and decides to get Les’s house in order. They devise a plan to clean the cafe and bake the tastiest cake for Buxton Philpott.
Unfortunately, due to a rhubarb shortage, they have to come up with a very special ingredient as an alternative.
What We Will Do With The Money
We're seeking just £3000 to fund the printing costs of 500 Limited Edition hardback copies of the book. This will be used to approach publishers, as well as sell in local bookshops in Brighton, such as City Books and Waterstones.
The money will also fund promotional marketing material such as the standalone website http://www.theanteater.co.uk and posters/adverts in local press to help promote the launch of the book.
If we manage to raise more than the requested sum we are looking into making a plush toy of Nigel De Montfort and also getting a local patisserie chef to design and bake a signature cake specifically for the release. There is the possibility of printing more editions.
Risks and challenges
Challenges we face involve getting this book in front of publishers who may want to buy the rights to publish this worldwide in larger quantities.
My previous book 'The Sail' is now stocked by Waterstones and City Books, plus I have researched further book shops locally who are interested in stocking this book. The catch 22 is most people won't order till they see a finished product.
We strongly believe people who invest now and obtain the first edition will be part of something that will grow and develop over the next few years,Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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