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'Bruce Finds A Home' is a children's book based on the true story of how internet sensation Bruce The Cat was saved by kindness.
'Bruce Finds A Home' is a children's book based on the true story of how internet sensation Bruce The Cat was saved by kindness.
381 backers pledged NZ$ 21,747 to help bring this project to life.

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Bruce Finds A Home is an illustrated children’s book based on the story of how Bruce was found. In the book a girl called Kate is walking home from school when she finds a kitten. She has to figure out where his home is and get him to safety before a thunderstorm drenches both of them. 

Supporting this Kickstarter campaign enables you to pre-order copies of the book... or select from a range of other rewards including stickers, custom illustrations and even Bruce’s paw print! You can also choose to donate copies to The Animal Rescue Network, a charitable trust dedicated to helping stray and abandoned cats and kittens. 

Whether you love animals, love children's books or love Bruce the Cat, we hope you’ll support us in bringing this book to life.

Bruce Finds A Home
Bruce Finds A Home

About the book

The book has been quality approved by the children at Port Chalmers Primary School and other friends of Bruce aged between two and six. The story has a rhyming structure which makes it fun to read aloud, and it has a subtle message about caring for animals. 

This quality book is an 8.5 x 8.5 inch hardcover (128gsm over 2mm board and matt lamination). It will be printed on lovely paper and be full colour throughout. The layout and book cover are designed by award-winning book designer Anna Egan-Reid from Mary Egan Publishing.

Illustrations

The illustrations have been hand-drawn using coloured pencil. The houses, plants and landscapes in the illustrations are based on Bruce the Cat's real neighbourhood. 

Some of the 'Bruce Finds A Home' illustrations
Some of the 'Bruce Finds A Home' illustrations

Rewards   

Everyone who pledges will receive the 'mew' (pawtographed digital photo of Bruce). Everyone who pledges level 'cat' or above will also receive the 'virtual cat' (the eBook version of the book). 

About us     

Bruce and Kathryn
Bruce and Kathryn

About Bruce

Bruce the Cat has over 30,000 fans on Facebook. He is also on Instagram and of course YouTube

About Kathryn

Kathryn van Beek has a master's degree in creative writing and is an award-winning writer and illustrator.  

About the publisher 

Mary Egan Publishing is a family business with over 30 years’ experience in the book publishing industry. 

Animal Rescue Network 

A charitable trust dedicated to helping stray and abandoned cats and kittens. 

Stickers, cards and magnets
Stickers, cards and magnets

Timeline  

We will print the books in September and send copies to backers just as soon as they're in our hot little paws. You should receive your copy in November 2017. 

The Bruce the Cat card
The Bruce the Cat card

Supporters

Bruce Finds A Home is proudly supported by Otago Polytechnic, Pet Doors R Us, Quick Brown Fox, Humanimals Vet Clinic, Black Cat Interiors, Black Cat Candles, Blackcat Education and Royal Canin.

Our supporters
Our supporters

The Bruce Finds a Home Kickstarter launch event was proudly supported by Invercargill Brewery's Pitch Black Beer. 

Bruce Finds A Home is a Unesco City of Literature project.

 

 

Risks and challenges

We have written the book, illustrated it, developed a publishing plan and built an audience. Now we just need your help to print it.

We know Bruce has a lot of international fans and that shipping from New Zealand may be expensive for some people, so we have kept the price of the book as low as we possibly can.

Please help us reach our goal by sharing this page with your friends.

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    Pledge NZ$ 1 or more About $0.69

    The mew

    A 'pawtographed' photo of Bruce, sent to you by email.

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    The miaow

    Mini swag bag including Bruce card and Bruce sticker.

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    The kitten

    Deluxe swag bag including 2 x cards, 2 x stickers and 2 x magnets.

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    The virtual cat

    A full colour eBook version of the book.

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    The cat

    One first edition copy of the book.

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    The alley cat

    1 x copy of the book donated to the Animal Rescue Network in your name.

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    Pledge NZ$ 25 or more About $17

    The lynx

    1 x signed first edition copy of the book (signed by the author / illustrator).

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    One first edition copy of the book, plus the deluxe swag bag: 2 x cards, 2 x stickers and 2 x magnets.

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    The stray

    1 x signed first edition copy of the book for you, and 1 x book donated to the Animal Rescue Network in your name.

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    Pledge NZ$ 45 or more About $31

    The tiger

    2 x signed first edition copies of the book (signed by the author / illustrator). You can choose to have the books sent to you, to the Animal Rescue Network or to the New Zealand school of your choice.

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    The leopard

    4 x signed first edition copies of the book (signed by the author / illustrator), plus a personalised thank you card to you from us. You can choose to have the books sent to you, to the Animal Rescue Network or to the New Zealand school of your choice.

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    Pledge NZ$ 100 or more About $69

    The internet cat

    A personalised video of Kathryn and Bruce reading the story to you (or the person you dedicate the video to), including a personalised message.

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    Pledge NZ$ 150 or more About $104

    The creative cat

    Send us a photo of your pet and some words that describe their personality, and Kathryn will create a custom drawing of your pet on quality art paper with an accompanying original poem.

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    Pledge NZ$ 165 or more About $114

    The lion

    8 x signed first edition copies of the book (signed by the author / illustrator), plus a personalised thank you card to you from us. You can choose to have the books sent to you, to the Animal Rescue Network or to the New Zealand school of your choice.

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    The cool cat

    The original book mock-up, plus original working drawings, a personalised thank you note, a genuine paw print from Bruce, two signed first edition copies of the book, and Bruce swag including magnets and cards, sent to you anywhere in the world. Free shipping.

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