Quest-terrestrials Vol. 2 is a kid's picture book sequel to its multi award-winning and Kickstarter-backed predecessor, Quest-terrestrials Vol. 1! The first book introduced us to the loveable, pint-sized aliens (Q-ts) who taught us about space adventure, friendship, farts, exploring life and celebrating it with others, no matter where you come from.
Vol. 2 has the Q-ts discover that planet Earth is in trouble and drowning in garbage, but it's a good news story focusing on what people from around the globe are doing to help, no matter their life circumstance. The story is meant to inspire and empower the reader to do what they can by starting where they are. In true Q-t fashion, they end the book on a hilarious "personal" note.
If we reach our new goal of $4000, every backer gets a bonus reward screenprinted T-shirt! Only 7 days left in the Kickstarter!!!
Who is it for?
Children's books come with age recommendations, both volumes of Quest-terrestrials are for years 3-8. And that's cool. But really it's both for little kids and the kid in all of us. So if you're like me and love reading from all genres to your kids, then why put a number on it? Books are after all as timeless as the wisdom we can draw from them, and the adventures they can take us on. It's also for the budding space enthusiasts, planet lover, innovator, or simply someone that likes to laugh out loud.
The Book & A Unique Partnering
Since the book is meant to inspire kids to reduce the waste on our planet, I have teamed up with the incredible people at Abeego, the original pioneers and makers of beeswax food wraps. Together we created a special edition wrap, exclusive to the Quest-terrestrials Vol. 2 Kickstarter campaign. If you're unfamiliar with the original beeswax food wrap that breathes, you can check them out at: www.abeego.com
"Abeego picks up where the peel leaves off...[the] beeswax food wrap protects & breathes like nature's peel & rind and food is preserved longer than you’ve ever imagined..." Not only does it keep food out of our composts, but it keeps plastic out of our environment!
Between the book and having a tangible earth-friendly product to use, the story comes full circle! Not only will kids' minds be blown, but the little budding explorers will be inspired to help build a sustainable future. The special edition Q-t Abeego wrap was created specifically for this project, each package contains two 5"x5" beeswax food wraps (perfect for snacks and little hands!) and the rewards are a limited quantity. But every book purchased on my website and in select bookstores post publication will include one 5"x5" Abeego wrap inside.
I will be publishing the book under my own indie press, Sówka Publishing, and using Ingram Spark as my printing hub and distributor. This allows me to get it into brick & mortar bookstores internationally and online, in other words--- into the hands of children, parents, budding space enthusiasts, explorers and adventurers everywhere! As with the awesome success of Vol. 1, your support is monumental in making Vol. 2 a reality. The funding goal covers the minimum A-Z expenses needed to indie publish a kid's book and deliver the rewards to YOU, its out-of-this-world backers!
Exciting developments are also percolating for the Quest-terrestrials in the world of animation, as my next plan is to bring them to life as an educational animated series for kids (yes, you may watch it too). As with the books, the animation series will aim to guide kids through emotional awareness, acceptance, diversity and celebration of oneself and others, while planting a seed that aids in growing a foundation for social responsibility. They will continue to be stories told through a light-hearted humorous way, despite the potential for heaviness in the subject matter, but without sacrificing the depth of the lessons...or farts.
Risks and challenges
I'm beyond pumped to see this project to its full completion, but illustrating a book is heaps of work! The good news is that the book is written and the illustrations are nearly complete. I learned a lot from my first publishing experience, and have outfitted myself with some tools that have allowed me to illustrate more efficiently. I am feeling really confident that the project will be finished on time and rewards will be delivered no later than their estimated dates. I will also keep backers up-to-date on the progress or any potential delays, and I've still given myself a buffer in case life happens.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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