Grimly humorous picture book – inspired by Edward Gorey – about a toad trying to cross a busy street during mating season. Read more
This project was successfully funded on March 31, 2012.
About this project
Inspired by the books of Edward Gorey, Tolliver Toad is a grimly humorous picture book about a toad trying to cross a busy street during mating season.
Written as a villanelle – a poetic style from the Victorian era which relies on repetition to build suspense and a sense of obsession.
Illustrated in dark swaths of black ink with only a hint of green where it matters. Something along the lines of "the grass is always greener on the other side."
For kids, it's a cautionary tale about looking both ways before crossing the road. For teens and adults, it's a parable about becoming obsessed with sex. For everyone, it's a story about human impact on the environment.
The creative work is done, I'd just like to raise some money to help cover the printing & distribution costs. I've set the goal at $1750, which would be a big help. But the full costs are much higher, so with your help I'm hoping we can surpass that goal!
You can see a slideshow of the whole book here, complete with handy pages at the back about toad migrations and villanelles. Or just let my wife read it to you up there ^
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
Pledge $3 or more
Your name on a list of supporters in the book. You chip in, even a little, and I'll make sure everyone sees that YOU helped make this book possible!Estimated delivery:
Pledge $25 or more
Your name in the book, AND a free signed copy.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $50 or more
Make that TWO signed copies...Estimated delivery:
Pledge $75 or more
No, make that THREE!Estimated delivery:
Pledge $100 or more
All that, and a piece of the book's original artwork/sketches.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $500 or more
0 backers Limited (3 left of 3)
All that, and a framed scientific illustration of a toad that I painted for "Grzimek's Encyclopedia of Animal Life."Estimated delivery:
Pledge $1,000 or more
0 backers Limited (1 left of 1)
All that, AND a framed scientific illustration of a pillbug that I painted for "Grzimek's Encyclopedia of Animal Life." That's the best I can do, yo!Estimated delivery:
- (29 days)