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In which Ollie, bored in hospital, discovers the magical rabbits who live there.
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Ollie’s great grandma was very old. And very wise. 

When Ollie was young she visited him in hospital and whispered in a creaky, croaky voice,

“Look out for the Hospital Hoppities.”

“Hospital Hoppities?” Ollie was scared, but his great grandma smiled...and her eyes twinkled.


The Hospital Hoppities is a book in which our hero, Ollie, bored in hospital one day, discovers the magical rabbits who secretly carry out good deeds throughout the wards.


The Hospital Hoppities has been written by Charlotte Hartley-Jones, who has first-hand experience of life in the ward as her own son has a chronic condition. 

Charlotte wanted to write a story with a background setting that resonates with children and families for whom hospital is not a scary unknown place, but is rather a place where they spend a lot of time and have to carry on ‘normal’ life within its walls. For families with children with chronic conditions, the community of hospital is important and the story emphasises the different elements of hospital life, while empowering the main character with a helping role, rather than a dependent one. 

It is illustrated by Anjalee Burrows, who has thrown her heart and soul into the project to interpret Charlotte's words beautifully.  The story itself does not go into detail about the paraphernalia of children’s health conditions, but Anjalee's illustrations depict various pieces of medical equipment, such as central lines, drip stands, heart monitors etc., to normalise them and help children for whom these things are part of daily life feel ‘seen’ within children’s literature. 

Eyrie Press is a very small indie publisher and a social enterprise. One of our objectives is to publish books that feature communities underrepresented in fiction, so when Charlotte approached us with her story, we knew immediately we wanted to publish it and we were delighted to find Anjalee to bring it to life. 

We think you'll agree that her gorgeous images capture the magic perfectly.

Help us get the book into the world

Charlotte's story is written, and Anjalee is busy finalising the illustrations. But we need your help to get it out into the world. By supporting our project you can purchase a pre-publication copy, in paperback or hardback. 

Put copies into hospital wards and libraries

We very much want this book to be available in the children's wards of as many hospitals as possible, and also in libraries. By pledging at the higher tiers, you can receive two copies of the book, one of which will be a sturdy hardback copy that you can present as a gift to your local hospital or library. We'll be encouraging anyone who does so to let us know so that, if you wish, we can feature the donation on our website and thank you on social media. (We will only do that with your permission, of course - if you'd rather remain anonymous we'll totally respect that wish).

Specifications

The Hospital Hoppities is a children's picture book aimed at the 3-6 age range. It is 8" x 10" (203mm x 254mm) and will be published in paperback and hardback.

Our background

Eyrie Press is a small indie publisher based in Cambridgeshire in the UK. It's run largely by myself, Jane, and I do all the day-to-day work of publishing and managing the business.  I am supported by my two co-directors, David and John, who brainstorm, advise and assist. 

We'll be publishing The Hospital Hoppities under our imprint, Bird's Nest Books.

You can read more about us at www.eyriepress.co.uk 

Timescale

The work is almost complete and we expect to be able to go to print by the end of March and send out rewards during April. It may be earlier, but from our experience we believe it wise to build in a little extra time for thorough proofreading and any subsequent last-minute amendments that may be required.

Risks and challenges

We foresee few risks in this project. Eyrie Press has experience of publishing children's books; the story has already been written; the rough drafts of the illustrations have been approved and the final versions are almost complete.

Should we receive a far greater number of pledges than we expect, this may result in a longer fulfilment time as we process and dispatch all the rewards. In this scenario, we would post regular updates to inform everyone as to the state of progress.

Risks outside of our control are small - for example a delay in printing. Again, the consequence of this would be a slight delay in reward fulfilment which we would communicate to our backers.

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    One hardback and one paperback

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    Two hardback books

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    Two hardback books, one signed

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