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Ignite a child’s imagination and reinvent the meaning of disability through the illustrated story of Pat, the Floating Boy.
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Bambino Volante (Floating Boy) is an illustrated story that looks at the nature of disability from a curious - and sometimes cheeky - child's point of view.

In Pat's world everything is upside down: learning how to look at reality from this perspective will be the reward of his fantastic journey.

The book is available in Italian and English
The book is available in Italian and English

Who is the real Floating Boy? 

Patrizio was born on 22nd March 2012.
Immediately after birth, doctors find abnormalities with his liver and start to investigate. It takes three years to get the final diagnosis: Alagille syndrome, a very rare genetic disease. In addition to this, his medical condition is made worse by a brain injury he suffered at birth, which gives him serious mobility issues.

Why Floating Boy?

The limitations in his movements soon became apparent: Patrizio does not crawl, he struggles to sit without support and grasp objects that are not immediately within reach. A barrier too big for a child who is just beginning to discover the world around him.
Family and friends lovingly support him. There is always someone ready to lift him up or to help grasp something that seems too far away for him. Patrizio is a curious child but is always held in someone's arms. He soon becomes for everyone, the Floating Boy.

Patrizio, the real Floating Boy
Patrizio, the real Floating Boy

 
The idea of the book

Patrizio’s story became the inspiration for an illustrated children’s book. Parents and teachers don’t always find it easy or have the tools to communicate with children when it comes to disability and diversity in general. There is a lack of children’s books which showcase and tackle those topics. With our book we want to ignite a child’s imagination and reinvent the meaning of disability through the story of Pat, the Floating Boy.

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The story

When Pat was born, he looked like every other baby. But when he was supposed to start crawling, something strange happened to him: he started to float. This wasn't fancy flying and nothing like a superhero. It was more of an uncertain float. A clumsy flutter. As if the force of gravity stopped working on him.

Pat’s parents were worried and didn’t know what to do. They visited all the doctors in the country but did not find a solution. So, they decided to take him to a Flying School for Floating children. There Pat received a 'Flying Manual' as a gift, which included a collection of tips and stories for Floating Kids and their families.
“Keep stones in your pockets to stay steady on the ground”, “Hide on top of a wardrobe if you don’t want to brush your teeth”, “Ask the birds in the neighbourhood for help if you need to get back home when you have accidentally floated away”. All totally surreal situations, but with something in common: the daily struggles of living with a disability.

 

English version of the book
English version of the book

 

 

Italian version of the book
Italian version of the book

Why a Kickstarter campaign?

After working on the project for almost two years, and mostly in our spare time, we realised that we needed a budget to complete the project and deliver it at the highest standard. That's why we decided to launch this campaign.

How we will spend the budget

  • £6,650 to print 1,000 copies of the book (500 Italian + 500 English)
  • £3,750 to complete the work on the illustrations
  • £100 to buy a ISBN code
  • £3,450 to ship the books worldwide
  • £1,550 for Kickstarter and payment fees

    TOTAL: £15,500

The creators

We are Alessio and Fabrizio, two Italian creatives based in London, with ten years experience in the design and illustration industry.
After working together on several commercial projects, we joined forces to bring the Floating Boy project to life.

The Team
The Team

 

The Pilot Licence

We designed a cute pilot licence for one of the rewards (Book + Pilot licence). You will receive a printed blank licence that you can personalise with your name and picture :)

 

Risks and challenges

Risks are pretty low. The story has already been written, we just need to complete the illustrations and print the books.
We got quotes from several print companies and we found one in UK that will allow us to print the first run in two languages (Italian and English) without doubling costs.

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    THANK YOU! GRAZIE!

    A big virtual hug from the Floating Boy and our immense gratitude to support the project!

    Un mega abbraccio virtuale dal Bambino Volante e la nostra infinita gratitudine per sostenere il progetto!

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    LIBRO "BAMBINO VOLANTE" (Italiano)

    1 copia del libro "Bambino Volante" in lingua italiana

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    "FLOATING BOY" BOOK (English)

    1 hardcover copy of the "Floating Boy" book in English

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    LIBRO "BAMBINO VOLANTE" (Ita) + ADESIVI

    1 copia del libro "Bambino Volante" in lingua italiana + 5 adesivi

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    "FLOATING BOY" BOOK (Eng) + STICKERS

    1 hardcover copy of the "Floating Boy" book in English + 5 stickers

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    LIBRO (Ita) + PATENTE DI VOLO (Ita)

    1 copia del libro "Bambino Volante" in lingua italiana + 1 Patente di Volo per bambini volanti, da compilare con i tuoi dati e la tua foto (immagine nella descrizione del progetto)

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    BOOK (Eng) + PILOT LICENCE (Eng)

    1 hardcover copy of the "Floating Boy" book in English + 1 printed Pilot's Licence, to fill out with your details and photo (see picture in the project description)

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    AMICO DEL BAMBINO VOLANTE - SILVER (Ita)

    1 copia del libro "Bambino Volante" in lingua italiana + il tuo nome nella pagina di ringraziamenti del nostro sito

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    FLOATING BOY'S FRIEND - SILVER (Eng)

    1 hardcover copy of the "Floating Boy" book in English + your name in the Thank you page of our website

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    AMICO DEL BAMBINO VOLANTE - GOLD (Ita)

    1 copia del libro "Bambino Volante" in lingua italiana + il tuo nome nella pagina di ringraziamenti del libro

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    FLOATING BOY'S FRIEND - GOLD (Eng)

    1 hardcover copy of the "Floating Boy" book in English + your name in the Thank you page of the book

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    PACCO REGALO PER LA SCUOLA (Ita)

    Fai conoscere il "Bambino Volante" alla tua scuola preferita!
    1 copia del libro (in italiano) la inviamo a te e 1 copia la inviamo ad una scuola di tua scelta.

    * Seleziona le spese di spedizione per il libro che arriverà a te, alle spese di quello per la scuola ci pensiamo noi ;)

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    SCHOOL GIFT PACK (Eng)

    Let your favourite school know about the "Floating Boy" book!
    You will receive 1 hardcover copy of the "Floating Boy" book in English + we will send another copy to a school of your choice.

    * Select the shipping cost for the delivery to your address, we will pay for the delivery to the school ;)

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    MEGA BUNDLE (Italiano)

    5 copie del libro "Bambino Volante" in lingua italiana + 15 adesivi

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    MEGA BUNDLE (English)

    5 hardcover copies of the "Floating Boy" book in English + 15 stickers

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    KIT PER LE SCUOLE (Italiano)

    10 copie del libro "Bambino Volante" in lingua italiana + 1 poster "Amici del Bambino Volante"

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    SCHOOL KIT (English)

    10 hardcover copies of the "Floating Boy" book in English + 1 poster "Friends of the Floating Boy"

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    KIT PER LE SCUOLE + WORKSHOP (Italiano)

    10 copie del libro "Bambino Volante" in lingua italiana + veniamo in una scuola a tua scelta a parlare del libro e organizziamo un workshop per i bambini (solo per scuole in Italia).

    * Costi di viaggio non inclusi.

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    SCHOOL KIT + WORKSHOP (English)

    10 hardcover copies of the "Floating Boy" book in English + we come to your school, present the book and run a children's workshop (only for schools in UK).

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- (30 days)