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About

A 24 Chapter Countdown to Christmas Advent Book

Forget Advent Calendars – they're so last year! Put the magic back into Christmas with this festive adventure story, designed to be read and shared together, there are 24 chapters – one for every day of Advent to help you count down to the big day itself!

Elma the Elf and the Tinsel-Tastic Sled Zeppelin Book Cover
Elma the Elf and the Tinsel-Tastic Sled Zeppelin Book Cover

Santa's Gone. It's Time to Fix Christmas!

Meet Elma the Elf: a chatterbox, an inventor and a pain in the Christmas pudding! Elma is about to start her dream job at Santa’s Toy Factory. But all is not well in the Arctic Circle… Santa is missing and there’s only one mangy reindeer left – Comet!

Can Elma save Christmas with Comet’s help? Where is Santa? How will the presents be delivered in time? Who’s the sinister fellow (with weird hair) sabotaging her plans? And just how cold does it have to be to freeze bogies?

Have you seen this man? #SantaisMissing
Have you seen this man? #SantaisMissing

Want to find out what happens? Help us bring Elma's adventure to life by backing our project to publish 'Elma the Elf and the Tinsel-Tastic Sled Zeppelin', by Camilla Victoria Storm and Nick Simons, in paperback and full-colour hardback. 

Elma is perfect for bedtime stories with a chapter a night for younger children – or ideal for older children aged 7-11 to read on their own!

Paperback Black and White Interior Sample Spread
Paperback Black and White Interior Sample Spread
Paperback Black and White Interior Sample Spread
Paperback Black and White Interior Sample Spread
Hardback Full Colour Interior Sample Spread
Hardback Full Colour Interior Sample Spread
Hardback Full Colour Interior Sample Spread
Hardback Full Colour Interior Sample Spread

Some Christmas Crackers for Backers: What You Get

We are producing various formats of Elma the Elf and the Tinsel-Tastic Sled Zeppelin, which include an e-book, a B-format paperback book with black and white interior and illustrations (129mm x 198mm, RRP £6.99), and a B-format hardback book with full-colour interior and illustrations (129mm x 198mm, RRP £12.99). 

Comet the Reindeer
Comet the Reindeer

A beautiful bookmark with an exclusive Elma design is included with some rewards, as well as a ‘Letter to Santa’ template and envelope – so that you can write your own letter to the big man himself.

Exclusive Elma the Elf Bookmark
Exclusive Elma the Elf Bookmark

If you choose any option with a book, you will also have the amazing opportunity of having your name (or a name of your choice) included in Santa's List of Extremely Nice (and Occasionally Spectacularly Naughty) Children, Elves and Individuals in the back of the book.

Santa's List Mock-Up
Santa's List Mock-Up

The Team Behind 'Elma the Elf'

Camilla Storm (illustrator/designer/storyteller) and Nick Simons (producer/writer/musician) are the dynamic duo behind Elma the Elf.

From their Norwegian hide-out, Camilla and Nick run a company called Sprocket where they create, develop, write and produce concepts, characters and stories for TV, film, books, games, activities and products for kids and their families with themes of imagination, creativity, empowerment and togetherness.

They are currently writing and designing an animation series for pre-school with King Rollo Films.

Digging Deeper: Gender Stereotyping and ‘Let Toys Be Toys'

Cranachan has been publishing children's books for two years now, but when we read Elma the Elf we knew we were dealing with something special. We truly believe we have found a book that has international appeal and are determined to help it find the audience it deserves – that’s why we’re on Kickstarter.  

Letter to Santa Sample Mock-Up
Letter to Santa Sample Mock-Up

From the moment we met Camilla and Nick we realised we were on the same page, and while the book is certainly hilarious, there are some deeper messages too.

It's no accident that Elma is a strong female character – an inventor who is feisty, determined (and maybe a little bit bossy) – sends a very important message that girls can do anything. The issue of toys is also addressed – there is no gender stereotyping here! Jobs are for everyone, pink is for everyone and stories are for everyone too!

Elma the Elf: Inventor
Elma the Elf: Inventor

We hope that this book, in some small way, will encourage children and families to read together over the Christmas season and re-discover the joy of the bedtime story – no matter how old you are.

Click below to hear Chapter 1 now!
Click below to hear Chapter 1 now!

Can't wait until November? Then click below for a sneaky peeky preview and listen to the first chapter of the audio book read by one of the authors, Nick Simons!

Risks and challenges

As Cranachan has been publishing children’s books for two years, we are entirely confident that we can produce the paperback and hardback books, on schedule, to an exceptional standard. We have been working on the manuscript since March 2017 and are currently involved in the final stages of editing, which we expect to complete by mid-August.

The book is going to be illustrated and typeset by Camilla Victoria Storm and the illustrations have already been completed. As you can see from the samples above, the finished product is going to be fabulous. Printing is scheduled for mid-August and we expect to have the books arriving in our distributer’s warehouse in the middle of September, ready for our official launch at the Cairngorm Reindeer Centre in Aviemore in October.

Originally, we had decided to publish in paperback only, as most people in publishing will tell you to avoid hardback books at all costs. Hardbacks are known to be hugely expensive to print (sometimes costing more than double the paperback version) but when we saw Camilla’s amazing art work for the book we felt that we absolutely had to have a full-colour hardback version. This version will be in a limited-edition print run. So, we’re taking a risk by publishing a hardback against all advice – but we believe that it’s the readers who should make that choice, not bookshops. Being on Kickstarter will enable us to gauge demand for the hardback and give us an idea of how many books to print to minimise this risk.

We expect deliveries to be sent out throughout late October to mid-November, to allow us plenty of time to pack and post your book and exclusive goodies to you. All backers’ orders will be delivered in plenty of time, to ensure that you (or your gift recipient) can begin reading on 1st December – the first day of Advent.

So, we have a plan. We have an exciting book. We have exclusive extras. Now we just need some backers and readers… We’d love you to be part of our project and Elma the Elf’s story.

Thank you so much for your support.

Have an adventurous Advent and a tinsel-tastic Christmas when it comes!

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    *Candy Cane*

    Fancy a festive shout out on social media? We’ll give you (or a special friend) a momentous mention on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and during our live stream launch!
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    *Rudolph's Digital Deal*

    A delightful, full-colour copy of Elma the Elf and the Tinsel-Tastic Sled Zeppelin ebook and a digital 'Letter to Santa' template to print yourself.

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    *Prancer's Paperback Pick*

    One pristinely printed paperback first edition of Elma the Elf and the Tinsel-Tastic Sled Zeppelin. The perfect present and alternative Advent calendar with exclusive extras!

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    *Blitzen's Hardback Bundle*

    One full-colour limited edition hardback of Elma the Elf and the Tinsel-Tastic Sled Zeppelin. The perfect present and alternative Advent calendar with exclusive extras!

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    *Dancer's Double Paperback Pick*

    Two pristinely printed paperback first editions of Elma the Elf and the Tinsel-Tastic Sled Zeppelin. The perfect presents and alternative Advent calendars with exclusive extras!

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    *Vixen’s Hardcore Hardback Bundle*

    Two full-colour limited edition hardbacks of Elma the Elf and the Tinsel-Tastic Sled Zeppelin. The perfect presents and alternative Advent calendars with exclusive extras!

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    *Cupid's Paperback Present Pack*

    Consider your Christmas presents sorted! Six pristinely printed paperback first edition of Elma the Elf and the Tinsel-Tastic Sled Zeppelin. The perfect present and alternative Advent calendar with exclusive extras!

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    *Dasher's Harback Book Bundle*

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