About this project
Remember when, as a kid, a long weekend felt like a month? And summers seemed to last a year?
This interactive children's book app for iPad is for kids whose parents travel a lot for work. It’s about waiting for their return, when the waiting feels like forever. It’s about understanding that mom or dad is waiting to come home, too.
1. Personalize it.
All Fixed Up is about you and the child you adore. Personalize the characters' names and gender to match your family. More than one child? Personalize again and again!
2. Customize it.
Customize parts of the story, including images, to suit your child’s interests -- customize as many times as you want.
3. Share it for free - over and over!
Easily share your creation with a parent -- or child -- who’s far away. Even if they don’t have an iPad. With a click of a button, create the video version and share by email or Facebook. In fact, you can make as many video versions as you want and share as often as you want.
Our Progress + Your Contribution = Our Success
The story is written, the illustrations by Sara Jane Franklin have begun, and the developers are standing by for our green light. We’ve personally saved enough to pay for more than half the production. With iPad app development costs ranging $15,000-$60,000, you know we're dedicated!
Your contribution will help cover the final stretch (SO exciting), which includes the cost of development of the All Fixed Up app for iPad and illustrator fees. (It's important to note that if we don't raise enough to meet our goal, you won't be charged, and we won't receive any of the funds.)
We also need your help in another, perhaps more significant, way.
Because this book is about you and for you, we’d like your input. As a backer of this project, you'll see sketches, ideas, color palettes, and more, so you can share your thoughts and experiences and help shape the art and final story.
Peer Reviewed by Experts
This children's book app is designed to encourage kids to explore, discover, and create -- as well as to help them deal with complex emotions about a parent who's away at work. All interactions have a specific purpose, and children quickly learn they are in control. To ensure an optimal learning experience, this book app is being reviewed by no fewer than three award-winning elementary school educators, librarians, and child counselors.
About the Creators
All Fixed Up is the brainchild of Shelly Bowen -- check out her bio at right -- who founded Red Piggy Press to create smart book apps for even smarter kids. She's a professional writer, entrepreneur, and digital content strategist -- and a former children's book editor, so you know this story is exceptional.
Tracy Hopcus Jordan is our dedicated digital interaction designer -- she has more than 12 years' experience creating online experiences, and her imagination is in overdrive on this project; she's breaking boundaries to create meaningful interactive experiences for All Fixed Up.
Sara Jane Franklin is an award-winning illustrator and greeting card company owner who specializes in whimsical, line-based illustrations using watercolors, pen and ink, and recycled paper textures. She can't wait to get immediate feedback from you as the book emerges visually.
Who Needs All Fixed Up?
If you're a parent who works, or know a parent who works, away from home, this book app is for you. All Fixed Up was written to honor parents who travel a lot to:
- Serve and protect their country,
- Transport people and packages safely around the world,
- Present ideas and information from coast to coast, and most importantly
- Support their families.
And it was written for their children who don’t quite understand -- and in fact misunderstand intentions -- even into adulthood.
As a backer of this project, not only will you get a fabulous reward of your choice at right, you are also supporting the launch of something much bigger than one app -- it's our intention that this is just the first of many children's book apps that tackle complex issues in an interactive, entertaining, and educational way. In fact, we can't stop dreaming about it.
Only you can help us make it happen! Thanks so much for backing our project.
Backers will receive awards as described at right and shown above.
NEW! Backers #1-100 (at ANY level) and Backers Levels C and up will receive Red Piggy temporary tattoos!
Should we surpass our $15k goal (cross your fingers, hopping up and down), we'll have bonus awards!
If we reach $16,500+ ($1,500 over our goal): For everyone in Levels C and up, the app will also be in Spanish. You can switch back and forth to read or hear the story in Spanish!
If we reach $17,500+: Everyone in levels B and C will receive all three miniature art prints, as shown above.
If we reach $20,000+: Everyone level C and up receives the iPhone version of the app, too!
If we reach $21,000+: We'll have the app translated to French, so Levels C and up will have all 3 languages to choose from. Voila!
Yes, that's the art created by Sara Jane Franklin specifically for this book. Well, it's a view of part of the art. Some of the art beyond the frame will only be revealed by interacting with the book app on iPad.
YES! All awards Level C and up include the app for iPad.
Shipping is included for everyone in the U.S. For all international backers, please add $10 to your pledge.
No. It's important to us that our kids' book apps -- especially this one -- are developed locally, in California.
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