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A humorous story about a determined dog who will stop at nothing to find what is most precious to him.
A humorous story about a determined dog who will stop at nothing to find what is most precious to him.
60 backers pledged $5,494 to help bring this project to life.

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Bones: Hilarious Early reader

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Bones is a hilarious early reader that helps little ones fall in love with reading. With simple language, repetition, and colorful illustrations, Bones will keep beginning readers wanting to read more. We know that you want your child to grow up with strong character and the grit to succeed. At the core of this book is the important message of perseverance. Bones reminds kids that they will succeed if they won’t give up.

True Early Reader

Finding a book that has grace for beginner readers can be tough. We have spoken with many librarians who have shared their frustration with finding “true” early readers. True early readers have a simplicity of language, only a few words per page, and the reward of a fun illustration at the end of a good effort. These kinds of books empower little ones to fall in love with reading. Bones is the kind of book little ones need when learning to read. 

The Story

Using humor and heart, Bones introduces you to Buddy, a lovable dog with a key to a treasure box. Then the inevitable strikes- he loses his key. Determined, Buddy will look for his key until he finds it. He digs and finds… a bone. He continues on, digging, swimming, sailing a ship, climbing every mountain, and searching the farthest reaches of the earth, finding many more bones. Never giving up, Buddy finally finds his key. Buddy opens his treasure box to reveal a fun surprise ending. Bones brings the giggles and keeps the pages turning. 

Buddy the Puppet

Bones will make your child fall in love with Buddy, so we have created companion puppet to boost story time fun. With your helping hand, Buddy Bones can tell his own stories, talk about tough subjects, and make jokes that will keep the love and learning going!

Conversation Starters

We believe learning happens best when it is filled with love. Our stories seek to create opportunities for a relationship to grow. Bones contains conversation starters in the back of the book, encouraging caregivers to go beyond the story into practical life applications, reading comprehension, and critical thinking. Bones conversation starters discuss the virtue of hard work, understanding personal value, managing loss, and even include prompts for sharing your own stories with one another.

Kids Toss Bones Some Reviews!

We've had an overwhelmingly positive response so far from young readers! It's a great book for kindergarteners and 1st graders to learn to read with, but with the humor, plot twists, and colorful illustrations, it is enjoyed by any age. Don't just take our word for it...

Goals 

Funding for Bones has already begun, with $5,000 reached through generous donors. With another $5,000 our project will be fully funded.

Stretch Goals

We have two more early readers that we cannot wait to bring to the world! With enough funding, we will be able to print new, funny, character education books. 

$15,000 

But Mom Said No! Given the chance, we will make our second title accessible to backers. But Mom Said No! is our next hilarious early reader with an important message. Readers will come to realize in ridiculous and surprising ways that when Mom says no, it is motivated by love. Our conversations starters empower readers to say “no” with grace and conviction. 

$25,000

¡Huesos! We would love to offer Bones in Spanish (Huesos), meeting the desires of our Spanish-speaking friends and those studying Spanish as a second language. Early readers are fantastic tools for learning a second language. Your support will bring Huesos to print.  

Meet the Creators 

We are skilled artists and storytellers committed to igniting the passion and creativity of your little ones – knowing one day they’ll use these gifts to inspire their future and a better world for all.

Jolie Canoli (Dr. Jolie Williams) writes children’s stories that knit humor and heart into learning. She first began writing stories for the stage. Her experience as an international performing artist and teacher has given her insight into visual storytelling. As ordained ministers, Jolie and her husband have seen the power of stories in sharing truth with love. She also composes music, illustrates, and is the proud mother of four adventurous kids.

Jessica Ostrander creates oodles of doodles, bringing stories to life with vibrant creativity. She is a visual and performing artist, and an art and theater educator. Her living persona of silliness brings joy on stage and off, entertaining kids of all ages. She believes stories are the key to making the world a better place because they help each of us discover a piece of ourselves, and find where we belong.

Your Support

With your continued support, we can afford to bring early readers to print. We are so excited to equip kids with valuable life lessons through colorful storybooks that pack a lot of humor and heart into the pages. Thanks in advance for becoming a friend of Jolie Canoli, and for helping your little ones think bigger, love better, and fall in love with reading.

Risks and challenges

Our greatest challenge has been to create amazing early readers that are funny and teach valuable life lessons. That part is complete! We’ve also gone to great lengths prototyping our products with reliable manufacturers, and we are confident that we will be able to deliver high quality products on time to our backers. With your support we are excited to print and send you cool books and puppets that will make learning to read fun!

Find more entertaining learning resources at https://www.joliecanoli.com

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    Bones Book

    This is the bare bones reward. You'll receive 1 hardcover book and our deepest gratitude for supporting "Bones"- the early reader about a lovable, determined dog who never gives up.

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    Early Bird: Bones Gift Set

    Only available for the first 48 hours, the early bird package includes: "Bones" hardcover book, interactive Buddy Puppet, and hilarious audio book for $30 instead of $35.

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    Regular Price: Bones Gift Set

    Welcome Buddy Bones, the lovable yellow dog to your home! He can read his story to your little ones, sing songs, be part of family adventures, or just be the best flea-free bedtime snuggler. Your gift set includes "Bones" hardcover book, adorable Buddy Puppet, and hilarious audio book.

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    Double the Fun

    Two Bones Gift Sets for double the fun.

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    • Bones Ebook
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    2 Dedicated Gift Sets

    You will receive 2 Bones Gift sets signed by both the illustrator and author, with handwritten dedications.

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    Jolie Canoli and Friends Show

    Fund a Jolie Canoli and Friends children's theater show for a local school. Kids will learn about perseverance through live music, mime, puppetry, clowning, and storytelling in this highly interactive and memorable children’s theater experience.
    This show will be gifted to a school within 60 miles of Milwaukee, WI.

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    Your Family Illustrated

    What would your family look like as cartoons? Receive a custom illustration of your family created by Jessica Ostrander. You may include up to 8 people to be designed as cartoons along with Buddy Bones. Please contact us if you have more family members. This looks like a 11x17in archival print of the artwork along with a digital file you can print yourself and share. In addition you'll receive, a hand written note, all the rewards in the Bones set, and our unending gratitude of course!

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    You Immortalized as a Puppet.

    Send us a photo of yourself (or a person of your choice) and we will design a puppet in your image. Your puppet will cameo in our online show. You will receive your puppet by April 2019 with a handwritten thank you note for your support from the creators of Jolie Canoli and Friends!

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