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Finstin introduces young readers to sci-fi. Encourage your little geekling's interest in reading by making this sci-fi book a reality!

About This Project

As Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, Star Trek, and Game of Thrones fans can tell you, there just aren't many sci-fi or fantasy books written for younger kids. So, what's a geek parent to do? Well, how about writing a sci-fi picture book for all those young future geeks? And that's just what we've done!

Finstin is a 32-page science fiction picture book. The story takes place on a distant planet, where the alien boy Finstin gets lost. As he navigates his way home, he meets some amazing creatures with incredible talents. Shhh, don't tell the kids, but the book also encourages interest in animals right here on Earth. Wanna' know what else is cool about this project? My 11- and 13-year old sons helped write the book! And it will be illustrated by the amazing Ken Meyer, Jr.!

Henry, Josh & Harrison
Henry, Josh & Harrison

By helping publish a book by kids and for kids, you promote reading, writing, and entrepreneurship. You should feel very good about yourself for that, and several other reasons which we cannot go into at this time. I'd like to tell you that the young authors' profits from book sales will go toward their college education. In all likelihood, however, they will fund the purchase of LEGOs, designer vinyl toys, and consumer electronics. While that doesn't sound especially laudable, it does offer the advantage of distracting them from their diabolical Stewie Griffinesque plans of world domination.

Are We a Good Investment?

In a word, “yes.” In two words, “hell yes!” Why are we so confident, bordering on brash, and only a stone's throw away from bumptious? Because we've done this before. Our first book was the fantasy early chapter book, Nimpentoad. Nimpentoad has earned glowing reviews from Midwest Book Review, and well-known authors and illustrators including: David Brin (Uplift Trilogy), Saladin Ahmed (Throne of the Crescent Moon), Larry Bond (Red Storm Rising), Chris Ryall (IDW Publishing), Ron Noble (Rugrats, Rocket Power & The Wild Thornberries), Stephen Silver (Kim Possible), and Grant Gould (Star Wars). 

Nimpentoad has earned 81 Amazon 5-star ratings, and has been featured in Young Entrepreneur Magazine, Wired Geekdad, TheOneRing.net, Fictional Frontiers, and elsewhere. The book has reached as high as 8th on Amazon Best Sellers large print > sci-fi & fantasy, and 1st on Kindle Best Sellers children's > social situations > bullies

Nimpentoad fantasy book
Nimpentoad fantasy book
Henry & Harrison with Orson Scott Card (Ender's Game)
Henry & Harrison with Orson Scott Card (Ender's Game)
Henry with Tony DiTerlizzi (Spiderwick Chronicles)
Henry with Tony DiTerlizzi (Spiderwick Chronicles)
Josh & Harrison with Stan Sakai (Usagi Yojimbo)
Josh & Harrison with Stan Sakai (Usagi Yojimbo)
Josh & Harrison with Weta's Sir Richard Taylor (The Hobbit movie)
Josh & Harrison with Weta's Sir Richard Taylor (The Hobbit movie)
Josh with Dead Things author Stephen Blackmoore
Josh with Dead Things author Stephen Blackmoore
Henry with 5-time Hugo Award winning author Vernor Vinge
Henry with 5-time Hugo Award winning author Vernor Vinge
Josh & Harrison with The Unincorporated Man authors Dani & Eytan Kollin
Josh & Harrison with The Unincorporated Man authors Dani & Eytan Kollin

Ken Meyer, Jr. Will Illustrate!

The orcs in Moria may have had a cave troll, but we have the awesomely talented Ken Meyer, Jr. to illustrate. Ken's work has appeared in a range of books, DVDs, card games (Magic the Gathering, Vampire the Eternal Struggle, Dune, Dragonstorm), roleplaying game books (White Wolf Games, Wizards of the Coast), magazines (Heavy Metal, Penthouse), and comic books (Marvel, Dark Horse, Image, and Revolutionary). Seriously, this guy rocks. See some of his work below.

The Kird Ape (Magic the Gathering)
The Kird Ape (Magic the Gathering)
Tyrion from Game of Thrones
Tyrion from Game of Thrones
Card games in which Ken's art has appeared
Card games in which Ken's art has appeared
Comic books in which Ken's art has appeared
Comic books in which Ken's art has appeared
The Office fan art by Ken
The Office fan art by Ken
Star Wars fan art by Ken
Star Wars fan art by Ken
Heavy Metal!
Heavy Metal!

If we surpass our initial goal of $4,500, we have a stretch goal of $7,500, which will enable us to publish in hard cover rather than paperback.

Thanks for giving our project a look. We hope you will help make this sci-fi book for kids a reality! You'll be promoting kids' interest in reading, writing, and animals. If you back us, please Tweet us to let us know at @Nimpentoad.

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Global warming, North Korea, and radical jihadists are risks we all face, but the risks associated with this project are minimal by comparison. The book manuscript is written, and we have experience with self-publishing, but there is always the chance that it takes longer than planned for the artwork to be completed. That's a pretty small risk. To put things in perspective, it would be a more productive use of your time to worry about being accidentally trampled by a hippo or being hit by a meteorite. There is also the risk that someone could ridicule you for being a patron of the arts, but that's their problem, really. Seriously, don't worry so much.

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    FERABINDI - a signed archival print of one piece of art from Ken Meyer's website (your choice, subject to availability). You will ALSO receive a signed paperback copy of the book, AND a computer monitor "wallpaper" of the book cover (if you provide an email address), AND have your name posted on an acknowledgement page of the official book website, AND receive a thank you Tweet (if you provide a Twitter handle).

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    SQUIBBYLUMP - an ORIGINAL signed pencil sketch by Ken Meyer of a creature from the book. You will ALSO receive a 8.25" x 3.75" color book mark featuring the book's cover artwork, signed by the authors, AND a signed paperback copy of the book, AND a computer monitor "wallpaper" of the book cover (if you provide an email address), AND have your name posted on BOTH the acknowledgements page in the book and an acknowledgement page of the official book website, AND receive a thank you Tweet (if you provide a Twitter handle).

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    WICKANSNIF - an ORIGINAL 4" x 6" signed painting by Ken Meyer of a creature from the book. You will ALSO receive a 8.25" x 3.75" color book mark featuring the book's cover artwork, signed by the authors, and a signed paperback copy of the book, AND a computer monitor "wallpaper" of the book cover (if you provide an email address), AND have your name posted on BOTH the acknowledgements page in the book and an acknowledgement page of the official book website, AND receive a thank you Tweet (if you provide a Twitter handle).

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