IT'S BEDTIME! A true story.
Like many new moms, exhausted late up at night with a boy who doesn't want to sleep, I was reading a book after book about baby's sleep. So much advice, but none of it truly worked. We tried to develop a bed time routine to help my son sleep better. But I struggled to convince him to cooperate.
"It's Bedtime! A true story" is a humorous presentation of the duality of the experience of being a mother. In two separate stories, the book portrays the last hour before a child goes to sleep, the routine of finishing play, brushing teeth, taking a bath and dressing for sleep.
In the first version of the story, the child is happily teaming up with mom, willingly brushing teeth, taking a bath and marching to bed. In the alternative story, the child is resisting mom on the way upstairs, splashing mom with water and disobeying her at every step. Exhausted mom collapses and is carried to bed by her husband.
Both stories culminate in the middle. The child wakes up and the rest of the family. It is a reminder that regardless of how each day goes, you can’t predict how the night will unfold. The life of a mom is a true roller-coaster.
I became interested in telling these stories after I noticed that this is something we mothers repeatedly share with one another. Every day we tell other mothers of our struggles in putting our toddlers to sleep looking for sympathy and understanding. However, bedtime experience is also a broader metaphor for the ups and downs we experience every day raising our little ones. Only when the children are happy and co-operative, our days are easy and we have the energy to enjoy our lives.
This story is also a lesson for our children. It appeals to kids through humor and the use of themes popular with toddlers such as funny pets and zoo animals, train, etc. In addition to being fun, the book is helping children develop empathy for their parents. It teaches children to listen and help during the bedtime routine but also beyond.
II started working on the book three years ago and is finally ready to be put in the hands of children and their parents.
"It's Bedtime ! A true story" will be a beautiful 7x7 inches inches in size, 36-page long Board Book with thick pages intended for children.
- BECOME PART OF THE BOOK
I wanted to create some special rewards to show you all how much your support and help means to me. Some of you will end up in the book!
Here is how it works:
- Supporters who select "Your family stars in the book + Board Book copy" package will have their families drawn walking on the street in places marked with numbers 1 - 2 - 3 - 4. We will reach out to each backer to confirm their location. The choice will be allocated on the first-come-first-served basis, meaning the first backer will be able to choose any location, the second backer will be able to choose from the three remaining locations and so on.
- Supporters who select "Your family in the story! - TWO pages - " package will have their families feature as door-to-door neighbors drawn either in the windows of the house or enjoying the roof terrace, places marked 5 - 6. They will feature on both pages of the book. The choice will be allocated on the first-come-first-served basis, meaning the first backer will be able to choose location 5 or 6. The second backer's family will be drawn in the remaining location.
- The supporter who selects the "Name the street an add your family" package will choose the name for the street on which the story happens (must be children friendly) and will have their family featured in location 7, on the balcony of the house.
- TELL YOUR OWN STORY with a custom illustration.
Whether is a gift for yourself or for a loved one, nothing is more unique than a custom work of art that tells your own story.
I am passionate about creating emotions and my art is all about love, feelings and memories. My illustrations will bring you back to your favorite memory every time you look at it.
If you are not familiar with my work you can click on the link below to check out more of my work and style. With my illustration you will be able to tell your own story .
... NOW I JUST NEED YOUR HELP :)
As with all the creative endeavors, there are costs to publishing and selling your own work, and looking at the cold numbers, I won't be able to do it alone.
With your help I am confident, that this book will finally be able to set sail, and all the work I've put into this project over the last three years will result in something beautiful.
I can't wait to see the little hands of kids holding this book!
Risks and challenges
This is my first ever Kickstarter campaign, so I am running the risks of some unforeseen challenges. That said, I have done my fair share of research and sought out advice as often as possible, the book is finished so I feel safe to say that risks are low. I have a publishing company ready to take up this project and I can't wait to tell them to start the printing process!
The window for releasing the book is between August and September of this year. I have buffered an extra month to make sure that you receive the book on time, as promised. However, if all goes smoothly, the book will be ready in September!
- (30 days)