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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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 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.
- (30 days)