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A picture book about letting kids read what they want, from the creators of Unshelved Read more

Seattle, WA Comics
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A picture book about letting kids read what they want, from the creators of Unshelved

Seattle, WA Comics
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About this project

It’s all too common. A kid is happily reading a book they love, when suddenly an adult plucks it out of their hands and substitutes a book that's more “appropriate” or “worthwhile." The kid deflates. In an instant, reading has gone from being a joy to a chore.

We hate it. So we wrote a picture book that tells kids to keep reading whatever they enjoy and shows adults that the best way to give kids a love of reading is to let them read what they love.

Meet our Characters

THE KID loves books, and so does every member of his family. The problem is that they all have their own idea about what he should be reading, and as he goes through his day he hears from each of them
THE KID loves books, and so does every member of his family. The problem is that they all have their own idea about what he should be reading, and as he goes through his day he hears from each of them
He has a favorite book which he reads everywhere.
He has a favorite book which he reads everywhere.
GRANDMA doesn't think books should be too demanding or memorable.
GRANDMA doesn't think books should be too demanding or memorable.
GRANDPA wants him to read history so that he'll know how hard things were in the old days.
GRANDPA wants him to read history so that he'll know how hard things were in the old days.
MOM wants him to achieve the highest heights, and thinks he can only do that from a foundation of the world's greatest books.
MOM wants him to achieve the highest heights, and thinks he can only do that from a foundation of the world's greatest books.
SISTER is very concerned he won't be popular unless he's reading the same book as everyone else.
SISTER is very concerned he won't be popular unless he's reading the same book as everyone else.
BROTHER wants him to read inspiring tales of derring-do on the sports field.
BROTHER wants him to read inspiring tales of derring-do on the sports field.
DAD hopes his son will end up choosing a no-nonsense career in science, just like him.
DAD hopes his son will end up choosing a no-nonsense career in science, just like him.

His family means well, and the book has a happy ending -- there's a satisfying turn wherein everyone comes together and lets the kid enjoy his own book.

A note about gender stereotypes: We're aware that the books the characters are reading tend to fall roughly along stereotypical gender lines. Please trust us that this resolves nicely by the end of the book

About The Book & This Kickstarter

As you would expect from the creators of Unshelved and Not Invented Here, our book makes fun of people who take themselves too seriously, but it is ultimately positive and heart-warming.

We want to make The Best Book the best book we can. We've hired the cartoonist known as William Tallman to illustrate it, and he's already done an incredible job making our characters come to life. We're going against an unsettling trend in children's publishing by paying him very well.

The physical book will be a 10.5" x 6" full-color hardcover, 56 pages, printed on premium wood-free paper. We'll also produce high-resolution DRM-free EPUB and PDF versions, perfect for reading on your iPad or other tablet.

The Best Book is already written, the characters designed, and each page thumbnailed (you can see some of these in the above illustrations).

Now we need your help. We've priced this Kickstarter at the minimum level necessary to pay our artist and cover the costs of the books. Please pledge for your copy today.

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We have set up some special rewards if we meet certain sales goals. if we meet them all, we'll come up with some more!

 Thank you for supporting this labor of love!

Risks and challenges

We have designed, published, and fulfilled a total of fifteen different books between us, so we've got that part down pat. We have given ourselves a generous schedule with lots of room for unanticipated delays.

This book is written, and we have thumbnails for every page. So the main risk for this project is that the artist will be unable to complete the final illustrations in a reasonable timeframe. In this case we will contract with a different artist, and give backers the option to refund their money.

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FAQ

  • We don't currently have a plan to print more than the copies ordered through the Kickstarter.

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  • You'll have to pledge through the Kickstarter as normal. If paying with a library credit card isn't an option, may we recommend donating a copy to your library? The THREE BOOK premium is an economical solution, and you will have the option to order even more books after the Kickstarter ends.

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  • First, the book has to be drawn. 56 pages is a lot of art. So we've given our artist a lot of time. Secondly, the book needs to be printed and shipped, which will take at least three months. Then we added several months of buffer for unexpected emergencies. Basically we don't want to disappoint anyone, so we're being extremely conservative.

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  • Self-publishing has served us very well over the years and we don't see any reason to change now. Anyway, after fifteen books we might actually be a traditional publisher.

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