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"I Hope It's A Puppy" is a unique story that invites you to explore pregnancy through the eyes of a child! The whole family will be guessing all the way to the heartwarming end! It’s the perfect interactive read aloud and the cutest waiting room book!
"I Hope It's A Puppy" is a unique story that invites you to explore pregnancy through the eyes of a child! The whole family will be guessing all the way to the heartwarming end! It’s the perfect interactive read aloud and the cutest waiting room book!
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"Mommy's having a baby, and says it's quite a blessing! 

I hear it's a surprise, but I'm super great at guessing!"

Ellie is so excited that she is about to become a big sister! But to what...she wonders.....

Each quirky kick takes her on a journey of imagining what might be hiding inside Mommy's belly. This story is one of a kind because it is solely told from the perspective of a young child. It is sure to be the perfect gift for a new mom and is a fun way to ease a child through the transition of becoming an older sibling! 

Each turn of the page is sure to keep you laughing and guessing up until the heartwarming ending! 

"I Hope It's A Puppy!" is already becoming an award winning book and I could not be more excited! We took gold in KidsShelf Book's Cover Design Contest, huge thank you to our wonderful illustrator Andra Morosan!
"I Hope It's A Puppy!" is already becoming an award winning book and I could not be more excited! We took gold in KidsShelf Book's Cover Design Contest, huge thank you to our wonderful illustrator Andra Morosan!
Mock-up of the front and back cover (award stickers are not apart of the actual cover file)
Mock-up of the front and back cover (award stickers are not apart of the actual cover file)

My illustrator, Andra Morosan, has been working so hard to bring my vision to life! During the illustration process, Andra read my story very carefully and we talked about our vision. She carefully designed beginning sketches, taking text placement and character description into strong consideration. The sketches evolved through each set of revisions until we believed the end results were a magical representation of the story. Feel free to take a sneak peak at some of the initial sketches and how they evolved over time!  

The initial sketch of the snowy owl scene.  We decided to change the viewpoint so you can see the characters faces and truly feel their emotions!
The initial sketch of the snowy owl scene. We decided to change the viewpoint so you can see the characters faces and truly feel their emotions!
Here is the revised sketch of the snowy owl scene! Notice how we incorporated more of the scenery and you can really connect with the character's emotions.
Here is the revised sketch of the snowy owl scene! Notice how we incorporated more of the scenery and you can really connect with the character's emotions.
The final sketch of the snowy owl scene!
The final sketch of the snowy owl scene!
Initial sketch of the unicorn scene! It was so fun seeing the interaction between the little girl in the unicorn, but we decided to add in a bit more "magic" to up the wow factor!
Initial sketch of the unicorn scene! It was so fun seeing the interaction between the little girl in the unicorn, but we decided to add in a bit more "magic" to up the wow factor!
Here is the final sketch for the unicorn scene! You may have seen a flying unicorn with a rainbow before, but it is certainly rare to find one completing math!
Here is the final sketch for the unicorn scene! You may have seen a flying unicorn with a rainbow before, but it is certainly rare to find one completing math!

Children are encouraged to use the clues to guess what is hiding inside Mommy's tummy! Can you figure out what might be hiding? 

The Story Behind The Story:

Hi! My name is Lindsay Achtman. I am a wife, mother, and teacher. I have enjoyed writing both silly and meaningful stories for my students and have decided it is finally time I share them with the world! "I Hope It's A Puppy" began when I was pregnant with my daughter, Ellianna. I'd be in the middle of reading a story or teaching math when all of a sudden my stomach would jolt back and forth! I was on recess duty turning the jump rope for students when her foot would kick making it appear that my tummy had a horn poking out! These funny occurrences would become a game where my young students would guess what was hiding inside my belly. I'd always respond with, "I hope it's a puppy!". 

During my time being pregnant, and even more so when I found out I was becoming an Aunt, I searched and searched for a maternity picture book that captured the imagination. While there were many realistic stories about preparing for the baby and the development of the baby inside the belly, I never found one that was truly told from the perspective of a child. I wrote this story to create a fun bonding experience between a young child and their unborn sibling, a transition that isn't always the easiest and can be difficult to explain. I also wrote this story for anyone who is becoming a mom or just want an enjoyable family read aloud. When people read my story, I want them to laugh and smile from start to finish. 

The scenes in this story are all based on my daughter's bedroom
The scenes in this story are all based on my daughter's bedroom
8 months pregnant with Ellianna
8 months pregnant with Ellianna
Our first family photo
Our first family photo
Ellianna and her new cousin! She is not sure she's ready to share all of the attention
Ellianna and her new cousin! She is not sure she's ready to share all of the attention

Add-On Rewards:

There are many amazing rewards included under each tier. Rewards include the digital version of the story in e-book format, signed hardcopies, coloring pages, pregnancy calendar, t-shirts and backpacks! Images of rewards will be sent through updates as the project continues on. But what if you want a specific reward? No problem! Any backer can add-on a specific reward by typing in their price amount at check-out! When the campaign is successful, you will specify which reward you added on as part of the "we did it!" survey! You will not be charged unless the campaign is successful! 

Here are the add-on options:

Hardcover Books: You can add-on more signed hardcover books at any tier level for an additional $12 a copy ($5 cheaper than retail price). 

Award Sticker: You can add the special "award winning" sticker to your book for only an additional $2 a book! 

Backpack: You can add on a limited edition backpack for an additional $80. These can be used as either diaper bags or for carrying around books/school supplies! 

Here are the specifications for the backpack:

Watch this short video to learn how to make a pledge with an Add-On Reward! 

So where is my money going? 

All of the money raised through Kickstarter is going towards bringing "I Hope It's A Puppy!" to life! As you can see, every dollar matters :-). 

Printing and Shipping Costs: 64% - Illustrations: 24% - Reward Fulfillment - 12%
Printing and Shipping Costs: 64% - Illustrations: 24% - Reward Fulfillment - 12%

Do I have to be pregnant to be interested in this book? 

While "I Hope It's A Puppy!" is centered around a little girl whose mom is pregnant, this story is perfect for young children ages 2-7!

Will young boys be interested in this story?

There is no specific mentions of "he or she" throughout this story. The same exact story could also be told with a boy! The animals are adorable and will catch the attention of any child. I chose to make the main character a little girl simply because I wanted it to reflect my own daughter.   

Who else would enjoy this story? 

-Grandparents will enjoy reading this story with their grandchildren!

-This book makes a great baby shower gift!

-My story would be enjoyed by families from the waiting room of doctors offices!

-Looking for a fun teacher gift? "I Hope It's A Puppy!" is written all in rhymes that allows children to anticipate what animal is coming on the following page! This makes it so much fun to use as a read aloud! 

Risks and challenges

Your credit card won't get charged unless I reach my goal. Should I reach my goal, the only possible problems that could arise would be a delay in the deliverables. All of my backers will receive their rewards at the giving level that they chose. Thank you so much for your help! xo

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    Our heartfelt gratitude and the amazing feeling of knowing you are helping children everywhere ease into the transition of becoming an older sibling. You’ll also receive special updates regarding my project.

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    You’ll receive a first edition, signed hardcover copy of "I Hope It's A Puppy!" You'll also receive the e-book copy, printable coloring pages, and printable pregnancy calendar! Fun for the whole family! (Shipping included in the United States).

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    You’ll receive one signed, first edition hardcover copy for you and one for a friend! You’ll also receive the e-book, printable coloring book pages, printable pregnancy calendar, and baby milestone stickers! (Savings of $5!)

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    Special Business and Educators Pack

    You’ll receive six signed, first edition hardcover books!! This is the perfect pack for waiting room areas, baby shower gifts, and classroom libraries! But wait! You'll also receive the e-book copy, coloring pages, pregnancy calendar, and baby milestone stickers! ($80 savings!)

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    You'll receive TWELVE signed, first edition hardcover books that all include the special award sticker, e-book copy, printable coloring book pages, printable pregnancy calendar, baby milestone stickers, AND backpack featuring all of the lovable characters from the book! This beautiful backpack can be used to carry around your favorite supplies or would even make the cutest diaper bag!

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    I will come do a special reading complete with up to 30 signed hardcover copies of the book (all including the special award sticker)!! Perfect if you want to give a copy of the book to each of your students or party guests! This reading will be done during a scheduled time agreed upon between the backer and the author. If you are located more than 50 miles away from Detroit, Michigan, the visit will be done via Skype. You’ll also receive the e-book, printable coloring pages, baby milestone stickers, pregnancy calendar, and THREE limited edition backpacks! This is the best package for school visits, baby showers, and gender reveal parties!

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