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By Brian Walsh
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About this project

Every night, when I was a kid, the ritual was that my grandfather would carry me "up the wooden hill", aka the stairs, and my grandmother would tuck me in and open a book. We'd read through every page and sometimes multiple books. These are some the fondest memories I have to date.

I'd always wanted to be a father. I don't know why, maybe I just wanted to tell someone else to eat their broccoli. About seven months ago I finally became a dad. It's a tough job and I have a lot of help from my wife, but it's very rewarding. Now that my son, Mason, has been able to focus and hold things we have fun picking up books and looking at the pages. So the ritual has begun. My dream is to share this book with other families so they can become close together and start their own nightly rituals.

In addition to sharing this book with the world I wanted to you to offer you an opportunity to help other families grow together. I have teamed up with the organization, United Through Reading, who is dedicated in uniting U.S. military families who face physical separation by facilitating the bonding experience of reading aloud together.

In over 200 locations worldwide, United Through Reading offers military service members the opportunity to be video-recorded reading books to their children at home. Their program creates emotional connections between parents and their children, encourages literacy, and makes homecomings easier.

When I was in middle school a teacher asked the class to write a children's book that had a theme. We would then take these books and go to another school to read it to a second grade class. I knew I wanted to make everyone laugh, but also challenge them to learn a few new words. So I wrote The Day I Got My Finger Stuck Up My Nose. No, this isn't something that actually happened to me, but there were a few close calls.

The original book was written all by myself and illustrated by a talented friend named, Susan Kelly. When we finished the book and read it to the class everyone loved it. My teacher even asked me if I wanted to try and get it published. Obviously I was too preoccupied thinking about what I was going to do at recess than think about anything else, so my book sat on my bookshelf collecting dust.

Occasionally I would come across it in my room and think about what my teacher said. With every year that passed I became more and more proud of what I had created and hoped that maybe I would get up the courage to get it published. The Day I Got My Finger Stuck Up My Nose has traveled to and from college and moved from one state to another. I've carried it around all these years and read it to whomever would listen.

Finally I decided to go for it since my son was born and I wanted to share it with him. In today's world you can do just about anything if you just have the courage to put yourself out there. So I searched for an illustrator to help make my dreams come true. There are a lot of great ones out there, but it's important to find the one that their style just feels write to you. I stumbled across an amazing illustrator by the name of Kirk Wallace on dribbble. When I reached out to him he said that a children's book was one of his dream projects. As if the powers at be decided that our dreams should intertwine we began working together on character design and storyboarding page layout.

We are in the home stretch and wanted to share our work with you.

The design, care, and thought put into this project is completely devoted to and un-compromised. We’ve put quality first on all the work starting with months of conceptualizing of the main characters, to the final page printed in the book. With hundreds of sketches, revisions, redraws, research hours, sweat and possibly tears, we’re so happy to see things finally start coming to fruition. We are making sure the visual aspect of anything related to this project is well thought out and carefully considered because we think it makes a difference in the final product and the emotional hold it’ll take over the reader.

Staying true to a style that is completely his own, Kirk is inspired artistically by the world of magic and memories in classic Little Golden Books, Looney Tunes, Disney films, mid century advertising etc. We hope together that parents can read our story to their children and bring them back to these wonderful memories we all share together.

Just Watching $2

Follow our journey in making this book reality through exclusive backer updates full of information on making a children's book.

The Guide $5

Follow our journey in making this book reality and get a pdf guide on all the steps we took from start to finish.

Stickers $5

That's right, cool Wyley stickers, sent via the US Mail!

E-Book $10

We will be making the book into a .mobi, .epub, and .pdf format. DRM free, because our parents taught us sharing was good.

The Book $18

You will receive a copy of The Day I Got My Finger Stuck Up My Nose. All copies are full-color and a high gloss cover for maximum charmingness. The kickstarter version will have a thank you page designed exclusively for you wonderful backers.

Book For You + United Through Reading $25

You will receive a copy of the book and a donation towards United Through Reading to help bring a U.S. military family grow together.

Two Books $36

One book for you and one to share. Maybe give grandmom a copy for the next sleepover.

The Combo $33

You get the book, stickers and ebook. This way you can take Wyley with you anywhere.

Three Books $54

One book for you and the opportunity to bring two other families together.

Five Books $90

You won’t ever have to run out and buy a last minute birthday party present again!

Twenty Autographed Books & Reading $550

Twenty autographed, an author reading at your home, school or birthday party, and the well-deserved reputation for giving the best party favor ever. Limited to New Jersey, the greater Philadelphia Area and New York City only. Reading available starting Dec 2016 but can be scheduled any time in 2017. Other locations and pricing can be arranged upon request.

Risks and challenges

Although this is my first children’s book I am passionate about bringing families together. Kirk is a wonderful illustrator and a task master to get the illustrations done on time. We have already contacted the publisher and worked really hard to do all of the heavy lifting up front to keep everything streamlined and deliver on time.

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