How often have you been reading your tiny human a farm book, and thought, ‘Wow, this needs a bunch more dinosaurs in it?”
Hello! I'm author/illustrator Ray Friesen, and I'm creating a series of children's stories in my signature silly style. The books follow the adventures of Fernberry, a smart and curious kid living with their five scientist grandmas on a dinosaur farm.
The dinosaur-farm mashup was all my 3 year old’s idea. When we unboxed all my old Jurassic Park toys together, Welli insisted they live on his farm play-set with the cows and chickens. What an awesome mashup! It got me thinking, and I've come up with so many ideas for what life would be like on a dinosaur farm. I’ve written this series with a preschool audience in mind, but with tons of little extra details for the person reading the book to chuckle at too. I’m really proud of this story, and I’m so excited to share it with you!
On Thunder-Lizard Ranch, all the dinosaurs have been genetically modified to be farm-fresh. They collect eggs from the Raptor coop, they shear the woolyceratopses for their wool, and they even milk the stegcowsaurs and turn the milk into dinosaur cheese."It's not mad-science, it's happy science!"
These books explore some big concepts, without lecturing. They don’t try to cram hard facts down toddlers’ throat. It’s gentle exposure, encouraging curiosity and creativity, with bold colors, fun art, and a silly storyline that’s engaging for kids. A great jumping-off point to talk about things like bio-diversity, responsible agriculture, and scientific experimentation. Nature is so diverse and unique and interconnected. We all depend on each other.
This project has been a great challenge, to make sure that it’s entertaining and at least quasi-educational. This kickstarter is to support the creation of the first three volumes, as well as additional support materials, including an activity book, tshirt, and T-Rex Puppy sculptures.
Every reward level above the $27 tier also includes a sticker, and the eBook versions of the books.
The Early Bird Special is an amazing deal, the same cost as the printed book level, but with way more stuff. Early Bird nabs you all three printed volumes of the book that includes personalized autographs and custom sketches (normally a $10 value) as well as the downloadable audiobook version of the story, read by the author, available in no other reward package (a $15 value at least!) This special deal is only available the first three days, July 18,19 and 20th, so grab it quick before it goes extinct! The books are also available in electronic editions.
The printed books are available in autographed and non-autographed, depending on what level of collector you are. Every level above the autographed level gets their books signed automatically. After sketching around and having the public vote on their fav design, this is what the shirt is going to look like!
The activity set will be discussed more in depth in week 2 or 3 of the kickstarter, but we can reveal it includes coloring pages, finger puppets, fun facts, make your own paleo-digsite instructions, and a DIY Tiny garden started kit. Do yo like activities? Then get this set!
The most deluxe reward levels allow you to obtain really unique one of a kind items. Ray will be sculpting 5 individual T-Rex Puppies, and you can adopt one of them and bring them into your own home. Doing so gives you naming rights, and your T-Rex puppy with the name you choose will be included in the book! talk about Bragging rights.
Also available in the most deluxe 'Pterodactyl' reward tier is a handcrafted woolyceratops plush, a framed piece of Ray Friesen original dinosaur art, additional mystery books, and several items of adventure-ready clothing.
The patron of the arts level has three sets of books for you, and a donation in your name of a complete set of in-print Ray Friesen books to the school/library/other institution of your choice.
Thanks for reading this far, be sure to ask a question in the comments if there's anything you'd like to know more about. We'll be revealing more of the designs and characters over the next few weeks, so keep checking back. Tell all your friends who would like this sort of thing all about us! Every pledge to our campaign helps, we’ll be using the funds earned to print the books, and keep our family fed and happy while we’re creating all the art. We really appreciate your time, thank you for watching this video. We hope you preorder your copy today!
New! Extra adorable "Hatchling" Baby Wooly Triceratops Level
Check out our new hatchling level featuring one-of-a-kind sculptures by artist Christi Friesen. These lil cuties are polymer clay and wool, and are about 3" -- perfect for little hands!
Also includes: printed autographed 3-book set, ebook set, and sticker. This reward level is $67, and limited to 25-- so get em while you can!
Risks and challenges
I am really excited about the idea of doing three volumes at the same time, I've never done something on that scale before. The stories match the attention spans of my four year old, so I know I can write them short and sweet. I've been doing a lot of practice dinosaur doodles, and I'm very keen to show off some of the new species I've invented. This will be my fifth kickstarter, and I've become very attuned to the challenges involved and running a successful campaign. If we meet our goal, we can 100% create everything we say we are going to. The main thing your support brings is time, time for me to draw and paint and make the best darn kids books I can. And if we meet our stretch-goal, I'll be able to additional volumes in this campaign, and bring even more Thunder-Lizard Ranch to everybody!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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