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The most beloved fairytale classics of all time don't have ANY Dinosaurs, Robots, Zombies, or Space Aliens in them. We fixed that.
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I like to write stuff. Silly stuff. To amuse myself, as well as anyone else who's paying attention. I've made hundreds of dozens of people giggle.

And now I've written a children's book anthology, featuring a bunch of crazy versions of familiar stories.   I chose not to illustrate this book entire book myself. Instead, I asked a couple dozen of my closest acquaintances if they'd be interested in drawing some pictures for me. They said yes.

This book features fabulous illustrations by:

Jjar 
Phillip Blackman 
Ian Boothby 
Kendraw Cook 
Kit Fox 
Christi Friesen 
Ernst Heijn 
Aisha Kapowi 
Timo Kokkila 
Rich Koslowski 
Roger Langridge 
Batton Lash 
Sonny Liew 
Scott Meyer 
Pete Michels
Andy Runton 
Scott Christian Sava 
Doug Savage 
Mike Scrase
Beth Sleven 
Jesse Smart Smiley
Michael Spiers 
Jake Standley 
Karen Weiss 
Shannon Wheeler

*(And a special thanks to Vincent EL, Ben Paddon, and Joe Heath, for lending their voices to the above video, and to Michelle Friesen, who played the Ukelele so expertly).

Story illustrations by Sonny Liew, Roger Langridge, Jjar, and Michael Spiers
Story illustrations by Sonny Liew, Roger Langridge, Jjar, and Michael Spiers

These artists are fantastic, and made the project so much more awesome looking than I ever imagined. I've never really collaborated with other artists before, and it is my considerable good fortune that my first time would turn out so gorgeously. This is the best thing I've ever created. I am so proud of this book I can't even stand it, and am so looking forward to sharing it with all you lovely people. 

My wife and I were still in the early stages of dating when I started writing these stories, and now that the book is almost finished, we're expecting the birth of our first child! I spent the time it needed to do it right. And we're almost done! The book is 98% finished, you can help me get it the rest of the way! All we have left to do is print it!

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I can't wait to read this book to my child for their bedtime story. Every single night. For the next fifty years. It's that awesome. I think so anyway, and I hope you will too.

Contribute to the kickstarter, preorder your copy of Fairy Tales I Just Made Up, maybe get some bonus swag, and help us complete this story!

Tshirt, Plushy, Audio Book, Poster
Tshirt, Plushy, Audio Book, Poster

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If we make the $9,986 dollars we're asking for, we get to print the book, and mail it to everybody! Well, everybody who ordered one. I'd like to give a copy to everybody on earth, I really would, but I probably won't.

Risks and challenges

The biggest Risk is that we won't get the book out there. I paid all of my illustrators out of pocket, and the book is finished. I just want to share it with the world. All the money kicked in goes towards printing. I've printed and distributed books before, I know how to do it, and as long as I raise the money I'm hoping for, the project will continue without a hitch. Books take about a month to print, and once we've got them in hand, just gotta pop them in the mail to everybody who ordered one!

If we don't meet our goal, I'm still committed to getting the book out there, I promised a bunch of very nice people. It's just going to take way longer, and that would be disappointing.

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    the 'HELPY FRIENDSHIP' package - includes no merchandise of any kind, just a sense of satisfaction from giving me money. Thanks! I really appreciate it!

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    THE MERMAID PACKAGE
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    THE DIGITAL EDITION --

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    REAL LIFE EDITION

    The 80 page full color ink and paper edition of Fairy Tales I Just Made Up. It will be paperback if we meet our funding goal, and it will be hardback if we wildly exceed our goal. Includes US Shipping and Handling (all INTL orders will cost a slight bit more for extra shipping.)

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    SIGNED AND SKETCHED EDITION

    The 80 page full color ink and paper edition of Fairy Tales I Just Made Up -- Autographed with an original sketch by Author Ray Friesen! The only other way to get this is to meet Ray in person, and ask nicely, and even then the sketch won't be nearly as cool.

    Includes US Shipping and Handling (all INTL orders will cost a slight bit more for extra shipping.)

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    The BOOK AND MERMAID PACKAGE
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    DELUXE EDITION

    The 80 page full color ink and paper edition of Fairy Tales I Just Made Up, autographed by the author, and a Fairy Tales I Just Made Up Tshirt! In your size! Wear a Dinosaur Princess on your torso with pride!

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    SUPER DELUXE OH MY GOSH EDITION

    The 80 page full color ink and paper aautographed edition of Fairy Tales I Just Made Up, a Fairy Tales I Just Made Up Tshirt, A Fairy Tales I Just Made Up Poster, and the Fairy Tales I Just Made Up Audio Book, read by Ray Friesen in his smooth and squeaky tones! Perfect for a nighttime lullabye, or a early morning wakeup alarm! Or when you're in the car, or anytime you need an audio book. It's up to you!

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    THE ' I LIKE RAY FRIESEN ALOT' EDITION

    The Book, autographed, The tshirt, poster and audio book, and all 6 of Ray Friesen's other published books.

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    RETAILER INCENTIVE PACKAGE

    If you own some kind of store that sells books, and would like to get some copies of 'Fairy Tales' at wholesale prices, this is the package for you! 10 copies of Fairy Tales I Just Made Up, ready to resell! Includes shipping.

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    THE 'PLUSHY SIGNY' EDTION
    Includes the print copy of the book, Tshirt, poster and audio book. Also includes a hand made amigarumi dinosaur fairy princess, a framed sketch of anything you'd like by Ray Friesen, and the book itself autographed by 3 of your favorite artistic contributors, your choice which ones!

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    THE MEGA-AUTOGRAPHED EDITION

    The 80 page ink and paper edition of Fairy Tales I Just Made Up, with autographed bookplates featuring SIGNATURES FROM EVERY ARTISTIC CONTRIBUTOR!

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    For the ultra completist crazy person.

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    THE BE IN THE BOOK EDITION!

    Are you a budding artist with extra cash on your hands, who wants to be published SO BAD? Well, you can buy your way into being an illustrator in THIS VERY BOOK if you're so inclined! There is a story featuring an explosion at a princess factory, and it needs one more princess, DRAWN BY YOU! Get listed in the 'about the illustrators' page with your website, and 10 complimentary copies of the book to give away to all your friends!

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    THE RAY FOR A DAY PACKAGE

    Ray will fly to your location, your school or bookstore or even your house, and hang out with you for the day. He'll do anything you want*, teach a penguin drawing class, tell inspirational knock knock jokes, play games, cook and clean, anything. You and Ray will pick a date and time that suits both of your schedules, and Ray will make the travel arrangements.

    *However, there are a few exceptions. Ray no longer participates in bank heists, or anything illegal, and will only smooch people that he feels like smooching. So really, Ray will do anything you want, WITHIN REASON, which I know removes a little of the fun.

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