What Makes This Book Unique
The public library was my favorite place in the world for most of my youth. When I got grounded it was from reading because my mom knew I cared more about that than anything else. As much as I read, I couldn't find characters like me in any books. It was difficult enough to find an Asian character, and if I did, both of their parents were Asian.
With an American dad and Korean mom, I felt like a rare creature in elementary school. For the first four and a half years of school, I was the most "ethnic" person in all my classes, even though I can pass as 100% white.
Biracial kids often feel like an outsider of both cultures. For me, part of that feeling stemmed from rarely seeing mixed characters in pop culture. That's why I wanted my main character, Marika, to have a Korean mom and Caucasian dad. Both parents are shown in the book without it being an issue they need to overcome. They're just her parents.
Alphabet Oddities is a different kind of kid's book. It's poetry about a biracial girl who loves science, dreams of time traveling, and makes up funny stories about creatures like:
- Vocabulary vampires, who chomp on Marika's favorite words and ruin her sentences
- A yeti who dreams of being famous even though no one believes he exists
This book is recommended as both a read aloud and for kids old enough to read on their own.
Each letter of the alphabet has a poem, with 24 beautiful illustrations created by Forrest Burdett. If you're wondering why 2 letters are missing an illustration check out the art for letters F & G, below.
In the book, the poems for letters F & G will be on the same page, with the same art, because they are related, as are letters P & Q.
What's With "Science & Kimchi"?
This book was written for my daughter. When I started writing Alphabet Oddities, I did not anticipate publishing it. A lot of my other work is horror so I began this project specifically because I wanted to write something she could actually read.
My daughter loves science and I wanted to create a character who loves science the way she does. For her, it's all about experiments, learning about our planet, and thinking about what sort of things could be found out in the universe.
The kimchi part is a reference to Marika being Korean-American. It also happens to be one of her favorite foods.
We are offering some fun things for you, lovely supporters. FREE shipping for those in the U.S.
Add $21 to any pledge level for an extra copy of the book
Add $10 to any pledge level for an extra enamel pin
Add $5 to any pledge level for an extra pack of stickers
Safer For Kids & Clothes
To make this enamel pin safer for kids to wear, I chose a magnetic backing rather than the traditional pin back. Great for adults too - no more shirts or jackets full of tiny holes.
The pin is 1.25" soft enamel with polished gold medal.
How We Will Use The Funds
As mentioned in the video, the book is done. In addition, the stickers and enamel pins have already been ordered. The funds you pledge will go almost exclusively to the cost of printing the book. This means you will receive your items much faster because there won't be delays due to writing, illustrating, or finding manufacturers for the rewards.
The text added to the illustrations below were done by me. The book designer is working on layout now and will be done before our Kickstarter ends. These will look a lot better once done by a professional.
Meet The Team
Forrest Burdett is a children's book illustrator from Brooklyn, NY. He enjoys bad puns, period dramas, and eating a diet almost entirely based on hummus. Forrest likes to paint images that remind people that there is a kid in every one of us. You can see more of his work at forrestburdett.com.
IG = forrestbdoodles
Twitter = @ForrestBDoodles
Jennifer Joseph writes fantasy, science fiction, and poetry for readers of all ages, and horror for those old enough to know that monsters rarely live under your bed. She loves bad movies, good pizza, and could wear superhero t-shirts for two months with no repeats. Jennifer’s day job in Business Intelligence means she works with numbers by day and words by night. She lives in Omaha, Nebraska with her husband, daughter, and ever-growing stacks of stationery. Light stalking is encouraged at jenniferxjoseph.com.
IG = jejohe
Twitter = @jenniferxjoseph
FB = jejohe
Help Spread The Word!
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Many thanks to Dirk Antosch for creating the wonderful music that accompanies the video!
Risks and challenges
Each project comes with some risk but ours is minimal. The book is written and illustrations have been delivered. All we need is your help to get it printed.
Should any unforeseen circumstances arise, we will keep our backers informed.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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