My name is Judith and I love to write. I blog at juicygreenmom.ca. My husband Ron is an artist (he is on Instagram @rcytang), and I always dreamed about making a children's book with him. This book became a very special project for us to work on together, with input from our daughter.
On August 22, 2017, our 5 month and 1 day old nephew, Hunter Brown, was killed in an arson that also destroyed his home. His mother, Ron's younger sister, was brought to hospital in critical condition but ultimately recovered from her injuries. This unfathomable event was and continues to be extremely difficult for our family to understand. Even more difficult was trying to explain it to our young daughter, who was a week away from her 7th birthday at the time.
As the months passed and the pain of the grief came and went in waves, I wondered how we would ever escape the despair, the heartbreak, the emptiness. Finally I started to think about everything Hunter had meant to us, and the memories we had made with him in his short time on earth.
Hunter’s Special Squawk is a way for me to make sense of a horrific situation. To explain to our daughter why a life could be taken so soon. And to move forward honouring Hunter’s memory and the things he taught us.
The good Hunter brought to the world will continue to live on. 10% of the proceeds from the sale of this book will be donated to WWF-Canada's vital conservation work through the Give a Panda Room to Grow fund.
Our hope is that Hunter’s story can bring comfort and solace to others who have lost loved ones too soon. We hope that it can help both children and adults to understand and process their grief, and be able to see the light in the darkness.
Why is Hunter a chick?
Ron has always drawn his family members as animals. For as long as I can remember, he drew adorable pictures of his immediate family, and then of me and our daughter, as a way to commemorate events, or immortalize life's moments. Hunter is a chick because he was born in the year of the rooster according to the Chinese Zodiac. The chick became extra significant as Hunter would make a squawking sound that sounded very much like a bird.
Why is this book on Kickstarter?
Once I had written the story for Hunter's Special Squawk, Ron completed the illustrations. We decided to use TellWell to help us self-publish the book. It has recently become distributed through online retail channels as of February 2019. However, we really wanted an accessible way for people to get a copy of the book, especially locally in Edmonton, where Hunter's story has impacted the community. We also wanted to provide something special to the incredible community of supporters who offered their condolences and care in so many different ways.
You will be able to choose to receive signed paperback copies of the book, art prints, and even donate a copy to a local hospital or library of your choice. We would love to spread Hunter's story of hope and purpose to everyone who needs it.
***Local Edmonton backers: choose “Disputed Territory” for shipping to get free delivery. If you choose another option and get a shipping amount added to your pledge, we will make sure it is removed once the project is funded and we receive your address!***
Why a $3000 target?
We have obtained quotes from different printers for a run of 200 paperback copies. The vast majority of each pledge will cover the printing cost of each copy. Because we love our earth, we are choosing to pay more for printing on FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified paper. The remainder of the funds will go towards partially subsidizing the cost of self-publishing with TellWell (a $1500 cost) and towards the World Wildlife Fund - Canada. We have also budgeted for the percentage of the total target for Kickstarter's administration fees.
As of April 11, 2019, we are 100% funded! THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR SUPPORT!
We have just over 1 week left in our campaign, and we want to offer our supporters EVEN MORE!
STRETCH GOAL of $3,250: We will include a printed label in each Kickstarter edition of the book with a list of names of all our amazing Kickstarter backers! This will only be included in this exclusive print run of books!
STRETCH GOAL of $3,500: Each backer will receive an eBook version of Hunter's Special Squawk - this applies to every pledge of $5 or more!
When will the books be ready?
We have been careful to select a timeframe for shipping books in July 2019. We anticipate that they will go out sooner! The book is completed and we have print-ready files ready to send to the printers as soon as our Kickstarter campaign is funded. We anticipate a turnaround time of 3 weeks for printing, and another 2 weeks for shipping/delivery.
We are so grateful for the friends and family who have supported us through this journey. We especially want to thank Jana Rieger for providing story editing expertise, and Johanne Regunathan and Janet Lam for providing feedback on our drafts prior to publishing.
Video graphics and animation by Ron Tang. Music composed and performed by Judith Lam Tang.
Read more about my journey through grief here.
Risks and challenges
There may be challenges that come up such as delays in printing, or poor quality printing that may delay the process of getting books to you.
If you are outside of Edmonton and we are shipping your books, it is possible that they may get lost in the mail. We will be offering tracking on packages as a shipping option if you are concerned about delivery.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
- (30 days)