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Shadow Holmes is a new children's book in which kids use shadow puppets to complete images in a mystery story to inspire active readers
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Shadow Holmes is a children's book designed around one simple mechanic: readers use small shadow puppets that come with the book to complete images in the mystery story. For example, this image shows how the missing fountain in the city park is completed with the shadow puppet clue: 

Objects in the city park have been stolen by the Shadow's nemesis, a pigeon duo named Morty & Arty (obviously inspired by the great nemesis of Sherlock Holmes, Moriarty). 

Morty & Arty have hidden the objects somewhere in the park, and it's up to Shadow and the reader to figure out where they are. Along with each shadow clue is a rhyming note (hand scratched by the pigeons) that leaves a blank for the name of the object.

Background

Our collaborative development of this project for over a year has consisted of many iterations on the story, artwork, layout, character development, branding, play mechanics with the shadow puppets, and play testing with kids. We are very excited to share this book with the world, and hope it will be the first in a series of many more Shadow Holmes mysteries! 

Here are just a few images showing our first tests of this shadow mechanic and some style development of the book. (Disclaimer: there are no elephants in this story, this image was merely used as one of our shadow puppet tests!)

Where is your money going?

We are prepared to make a bulk order of books and laser-cut shadow puppets that will be included in a small envelope at the front of each book. We also want to spread the word about this book in the year ahead and will allocate some of the funds toward social media marketing and entry to various independent book festivals. 

Specs: Our most current version of the finished draft is 35 pages consisting of artwork on every page, and text on nearly every page. Shadow Holmes is presented in classic black and white, each first version of the book will measure 8 by 10 inches. The included shadow puppet "clue pieces" will be laser cut, each about 1.5 inches in height, and color remains TBD. 

Who are we?

Satbir and Scott met while working together at the NY Hall of Science. Read more about Scott via the link to his profile associated with this project. 

Thank You!!!

It is with humble gratitude that we offer heartfelt thanks for your support of this project through contributions or sharing to your networks, especially to parents with young readers, or folks looking to make a meaningful gift purchase! The support will help tremendously as we endeavor to further develop and cultivate Shadow Holmes into the future. 

Risks and challenges

We recognize that crowd-funded projects often carry red flags in terms of reliability and promised delivery of rewards. We have taken every effort to polish this project and plan to order every single reward the day after receiving funds from the funded project, with shipping to follow in the days after the books arrive to us. Should any unforeseen consequences arise we will make every effort to be fully transparent in communicating delays, but we are confident that we will be able to deliver on time.

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    Soft cover copy of Shadow Holmes

    The very first soft cover copy of Shadow Holmes, Mystery at Castle Park, complete with five small laser printed objects (shadow puppet clues to go along with the story) that come in an envelope fixed in the first pages of the book. Thanks!

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    Hard cover copy of Shadow Holmes

    The very first hard cover copy of Shadow Holmes, Mystery at Castle Park, complete with five small laser printed objects (shadow puppet clues to go along with the story) that come in an envelope fixed in the first pages of the book. Thanks!

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    3 soft cover copies of Shadow Holmes

    Looking for gifts for the holidays? Here you go! The book is newly finished, and will be shipped early December (should arrive by mid-December to US locations.). Enjoy giving away three of the very first soft cover copies of Shadow Holmes, Mystery at Castle Park, each complete with five small laser printed objects (shadow puppet clues to go along with the story) that come in an envelope fixed in the first pages of the book. Thanks!

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    Super Backer - Thank you!

    For your generous support we are happy to share one soft cover copy, and one hard cover copy of Shadow Holmes, and a promise to you that–as an official super backer–you will also receive a thoughtful future mystery gift and we thank you very much for your belief in our mission!

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