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An exquisite, magical picture book starring Norbert and Lil BUB...with a grand purpose and a surprise ending!
An exquisite, magical picture book starring Norbert and Lil BUB...with a grand purpose and a surprise ending!
1,795 backers pledged $102,162 to help bring this project to life.

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WOW. Thanks to you, BUB and Norbert reached their 100K Stretch Goal!

GOOD JOB BUB
High-Five Norbert

ABOUT OUR PROJECT

What will happen when a down-to-earth, 3 lb. therapy dog with a big heart meets a celestial cat with magical powers from another planet? Each one is on a mission to make the world a better place, but can these two very different creatures overcome their seemingly insurmountable differences to work together? Will it lead to something amazing, or will they go their separate ways?

You’ve heard the expression “fighting like cats and dogs.” It derives from the assumption that dogs and cats just don’t get along. But what if BUB and Norbert teamed up to accomplish something remarkable? Individually they have already touched the lives of millions; just think of what they could do together as a team! Norbert and BUB have shown us that their personal differences are their superpowers. Together they can combine their superpowers to show us that despite our differences, we can all work together to create something otherwise unattainable – a collaborative effort full of love, magic and inspiration.

ABOUT THE BOOK

BUB returns to planet Earth on a mission to help animals in need. Norbert, who is on a mission to spread smiles in the world, encounters BUB’s spaceship. Initially, they don’t quite see eye-to-eye. BUB, a space cat with magical powers is skeptical of this down-to-earth dog with a big heart. But soon they realize that they have more in common than they thought, most importantly they share the same ultimate goal – to bring joy, inspiration, and hope to both animals and people alike.

Together, they decide to enlist the support of people young and old (that’s YOU) to support the writing of a colorful story depicting their adventures and the ultimate fulfillment of their mission. By supporting Norbert and BUB you are helping to bring this project to life. This book hopes to demonstrate that despite our differences, we can all work together as a team to create something heartfelt and magical.


With your help, we want to create 32 imaginative pages of Norbert & BUB illustrations and adventures captured in a gorgeous keepsake picture book to be treasured by young and old alike. 

SAMPLE ILLUSTRATION:

WHY THE WORLD NEEDS THIS BOOK

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this book will be donated to animals with special needs. Norbert and BUB believe that there is a universal need for more kindness, positivity, compassion and collaboration. This book will show children (and remind adults) that we should celebrate our differences and can work together by combining our unique talents and abilities for a greater good.

ABOUT LIL BUB

BUB is a very special one of a kind critter. More specifically, she is the most amazing cat on the planet. In July of 2011, she was discovered as the runt of a healthy feral litter in a tool shed in rural Indiana at only a few weeks old. She was taken in as a rescue when it was clear that she would require special care.

Since then BUB has become one of the most famous cats on planet. She is a published author, a talk show host, the star of an award-winning documentary, and she created Lil BUB's Big FUND for the ASPCA (the first national fund for special needs pets), which has raised over $125,000 for animals in need.

Beyond being overwhelmingly cute, exceptionally smart, and painfully witty, BUB is an advocate for homeless and special needs pets all over the universe. Since before she was a star, she has made it a point to spread a message of positivity, acceptance and inspiration. She proves that being different is better, and she encourages the adoption of pets and helping those less fortunate. GOOD JOB BUB.

ABOUT Lil BUB’s BIG FUND for the ASPCA

In February of 2014, the ASPCA and Lil BUB announced a partnership to help special needs pets nationwide: Lil BUB's BIG Fund for the ASPCA. This unique program is seeded through proceeds from Lil BUB's web store, in-person appearances, and a variety of other endeavors (such as this book!), as well as from direct donations. 100% of the collected funds are distributed as grants to animal welfare organizations across the country to help homeless pets with special needs.

ABOUT NORBERT

Norbert is a unique 3-lb registered therapy dog with a BIG heart. This 7" tall mixed breed dog is a smile ambassador who has won the hearts of thousands. Norbert inspires others through his volunteer work as a therapy dog, his international award-winning picture book series and his strong, positive presence across social media platforms.

Norbert is a registered therapy dog with the Pet Partners® organization. He is also a Canine Good Citizen and a certified R.E.A.D.® dog with the Intermountain Therapy Animals organization. Norbert is proud to be the national mascot for the Children's Melanoma Prevention Foundation's SunAWARE Program.

Norbert has presented his books to thousands of people of all ages. He teaches that you don’t have to be big to make a BIG difference in the world and that we all have unique gifts that can be used to serve the greater good. He is irresistibly adorable and pawsitively inspiring.

AWESOME PROJECT REWARDS

- All rewards include US shipping. International shipping requires an additional fee.
- Rewards are expected to be fulfilled in November 2015 (except for the Artist Edition Reward which has an early to mid December 2015 expected fulfillment date).

Large Pin
The pin will have the cover art from the book with BUB and Norbert.
Diameter: 1.5"

T-Shirts
Upon completion of a successful project, you will be sent an email requesting your T-shirt size and color choice. 

ADULT
Available Colors: Black or Baby Blue
Unisex: XS - 4X

YOUTH
Available Colors: Black or Baby Blue
Unisex: S-XL   

Fine Art Print by Justin Santora 
Limited Edition Fine Art Print, designed, printed, numbered and signed by Justin Santora
Size: 18" x 24"

Signed Photo of BUB and Norbert
A magical photo will be taken when BUB and Norbert meet. Stay tuned! Size: 8 x 10"

Our good friends at Joyful Noise will handle our order fulfillment. All orders will be shipped via United States Postal Service. Shipping times will vary depending on the destination of the package. Perfect timing for the holidays!

Personalized NORBUB Porcelain Bowl Package
Two handmade, personalized fine-porcelain bowls created by BUB’s Aunt. The bowls are medium sized. One has BUB's face on the bottom, and says GOOD JOB (name) and the other has Norb's face and says HIGH FIVE (name).

Note: Images of actual bowls not available until they are made, but to get an idea of the quality and style of Asya's work, please see these wee tea cups above.

MEET THE AUTHORS

JULIE FREYERMUTH

Julie is a co-owner of Polly Parker Press, LLC, author of the multi-award-winning 'Norbert' book series and the proud Momma of Norbert. As a registered therapy animal team for the past five years, Julie and Norbert have spent many hours volunteering to bring smiles and comfort to people of all ages. Julie, along with Norbert and Virginia, give Author Presentations at schools, libraries and other organizations which they consider to be a tremendous honor and privilege.

Julie and Norbert live in Carver, MA where they enjoy finding wonder in everyday life, exploring nature, being creative and making others smile.

MIKE BRIDAVSKY

Mike, commonly referred to as “BUB’s dude,” has been facilitating BUB’s endeavors since August of 2011, when she was barely two months old. Together they’ve starred in an award-winning documentary, written books and TV shows, traveled the country, and founded Lil BUB’s Big FUND, the first national fund for special needs pets. Mike also owns and runs Russian Recording, a recording studio in Bloomington, IN where he has produced over 600 records since 2003.

Mike lives in Bloomington, IN with the most amazing woman on the planet (his wife Stacy), their brand new son (Rosco), and an amazing family of rescued critters (Trudy the dog and cats Spooky, Oskar, Special Agent Dale Cooper, Vivian, and Josie).

MEET THE ILLUSTRATOR

VIRGINIA K. FREYERMUTH

Virginia has a lifelong passion for art, writing and teaching. She earned Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Fine Arts Degrees in Painting and a Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Studies with a Concentration in Art Education. Virginia was named the 1994 Massachusetts Teacher of the Year, the 1995 Walt Disney American Teacher Awards National Outstanding Art Teacher, and the 2014 Rhode Island Higher Education Art Educator of the Year. 

Publishing is the perfect combination of her passions, and she is humbled by the possibility of touching the hearts and minds of others through the creation of beautiful books that make a positive difference in the world. She is delighted to be the co-owner of Polly Parker Press with her daughter, Julie. Virginia treasures her family time with Julie & Norbert, her son, Jeff, and husband Richard. Jeff will be creating fun pencil drawings by "Norbert" for pages in this book.

BOOK SPECS

Polly Parker Press is a kind-hearted mother-daughter owned independent children's book publishing company and creators of the international award-winning picture book, Norbert: What Can Little Me Do? The second book in the series Norbert: What Can Little YOU Do?, was released in March 2015.

In the tradition of Polly Parker Press, this third book in the Norbert series will be a beautifully illustrated, high quality keepsake publication.  

Title: Norbert & Lil BUB
Authors: Julie Freyermuth & Mike Bridavsky
Illustrator: Virginia K. Freyermuth, M.F.A., Ph.D.
Format: Hardcover and dust jacket
Pages: 32 pages
Type: Juvenile Fiction
Ages: 3 and up
Estimated Publication Date: November 2015
Size: 8.5 x 11 inches

HOW WILL FUNDS BE USED?

  • photo shoot for Norbert & BUB
  • creative development of the book
  • book layout and design
  • operation expenses
  • legal & admin stuff, like getting the ISBN number, barcode, registration fees 
  • professional editing
  • production & book printing
  • book shipping
  • warehouse & fulfillment costs
  • kickstarter & amazon fees
  • other reward production & development costs (tshirts, prints, buttons, travel expenses for top tier awards, etc.)

For questions about the project or rewards, please see our FAQs below. If you don't find your answer, please send an email with your question to: info@pollyparkerpress.com.

Thanks to Mark Pallman of Fruit Bonus for doing such a fantastic job with the video.

Risks and challenges

We are dedicated to ensuring your books and other rewards will be delivered on time. Should an issue arise, we will keep everyone posted. The primary risks are if something out of our control happens with the book printing or if there is a shipping delay.

With Gratitude,
BUB & Norbert

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    ONE BOOK
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    ONE BOOK + FINE ART PRINT
    - One copy of the Norbert & Lil BUB Book
    - One Limited Edition Fine Art Print, designed, printed, numbered and signed by Justin Santora
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    ONE BOOK ~ SIGNED COLLECTOR'S EDITION
    - One copy of the book, with a tasteful book plate signed by BUB, Norbert, the Authors & Illustrator
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    ONE COLLECTOR BOOK + SIGNED PHOTO
    - One copy of the Signed Collector's Edition book
    - One signed 8" x 10" photo print of BUB & Norbert
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    SUPER PACKAGE
    One of each of the following:
    - Signed Collector Edition copy of the book
    - T-shirt
    - Limited Edition Fine Art print
    - Signed photo of BUB & Norbert
    - Large button
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    ULTIMATE PACKAGE
    - Super Package
    - PLUS your name will appear on a page in the Norbert & Lil BUB Book with our thanks for your support as a backer of this project
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    Personalized NORBUB Porcelain Bowl Package
    - Ultimate Package
    - PLUS, two handmade, personalized fine-porcelain bowls created by BUB’s Aunt. The bowls are medium sized. One has BUB's face on the bottom, and says GOOD JOB (name) and the other has Norb's face and says HIGH FIVE (name).
    - Includes shipping & packing to the Continental US

    Note: Images of actual bowls not available until they are made, but to get an idea of the quality and style of Asya's work, please see the wee tea cups listed in the project to the left.

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    ARTIST'S EDITION, ULTIMATE PACKAGE
    - Ultimate Package
    - PLUS an original sketch of Norbert & BUB adhered to the inside of the book by the illustrator
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    'Be In the Book!' PACKAGE
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    - PLUS your likeness (or a person of your choice) appears as a head & shoulders cameo in the book as part of one of the illustrations painted by the illustrator
    - Includes shipping & packing to the Continental US

    Note: you, or the person of your choice, will be required to sign a release and digital photos must be provided to and approved by us to be used as references for the illustration. Photo guidelines will be provided for child-friendly appropriateness, storyline support, and quality.

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    - PLUS, your pet appears as a cameo in the book as part of one of the illustrations, painted by the illustrator.
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    Note: on behalf of your pet, you will be required to sign a release and digital photos must be provided to and approved by us to be used as references for the illustration. Photo guidelines will be provided for child-friendly appropriateness, storyline support, and quality.

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    'Be In the Book' FEATURE! PACKAGE
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    - PLUS your likeness (or a person of your choice) appears in the book as a FEATURE (head to toe) in one of the illustrations painted by the illustrator
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    MEGA PACKAGE!!!
    - 'Be in the Book!' FEATURE Package
    - PLUS round trip flight and accommodations for TWO to meet BUB, Mike, Julie, Virginia & Norbert for a magical experience
    - Includes shipping & packing to the Continental US

    Reward includes:
    - 2 flights in the Continental US
    - accommodations, for two people, for one overnight
    - meet & greet, photos...and lots of fun; approximately 2 hours

    Location: Bloomington, Indiana (USA)
    Date/Time of meeting: TBD, as agreed upon by all parties

    Note: international backers are required to pay for international air travel

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