A lovable children's book based on the time traveling, new and ancient world exploring, skateboarding adventures of Sissel and Boone.
SAMPLE PAGES OF THE BOOK:
Hei Hallo! My name is Sissel, and this is my pal Boone. We come from Norway, a land of history, wonder, and of course the VIKINGS. You see, a while back Boone and I discovered an old viking helmet with a treasure map hidden under the floorboards of our attic. Little did we know, this wasn't any ordinary viking helmet. This was a time traveling viking helmet...and some not so nice (time traveling) viking thugs want it BACK!
Now, that may be where our story begins, but it certainly isn't where it ends. Come along with us as we skate and explore the first stop on our treasure map, The Great Pyramid of Giza. We're on a mission to learn all about the history of this ancient wonder in hopes of unlocking our next destination. Oh yeah, and those viking thugs...they'll be there too. Not only do they want our viking helmet, they especially want that treasure map. We're not sure why, but we have a feeling whatever it is at the end of this map is something worth finding.
WHAT IS THE AGE GROUP SISSEL AND BOONE HOPE TO REACH?
The book will be 35-40 pages long. The book's grammar and vocabulary will be appropriate for 6-10 year olds. Ideally the audience will be limitless, and all of those who have a chance to connect with Sissel will fall in love with her story. After all, a great children's book can capture the hearts of any age.
MY INSPIRATION FOR WRITING THE BOOK:
My intrigue of skating started when I was 9 years old. At that time, not many girls were out skateboarding and it was easy to feel out of place. Luckily, times have changed. More and more little girls are starting to pick it up. With the help of Sissel, I want to give them someone they can look up to and relate to. Showing them that they can be beautiful, strong, feminine and still shred!
WHAT SKATEBOARDING MEANS TO ME:
As a 31 year old single mom, my fitness level, state of mind, and overall being is more focused and balanced than ever before. I attribute this to eating right and spending a couple of hours every single day out on my skate. Skateboarding doesn't have to be about how many tricks you can land, or how high you can ollie. It can be about the overall respect and love you feel for your body while skating. The health benefits of skateboarding have been overlooked. I would love nothing more than to be a part of motivating our next generation to eat right, get outside, get active, and go skate!!!
With family roots in Norway, I've traveled there a handful of times to visit those I love. I've come home each and every time filled to the brim with inspiration. All of the pieces fell into place, and Sissel came to life. And let's be honest, a story filled with vikings is bound to be downright cool. **Also, please make a note in the rewards section that you have your choice of having the book printed in English or Norwegian.
WHO IS ILLUSTRATING THE BOOK?
I feel so lucky to have the incredibly talented Chris Bodily onboard to illustrate the book. I fell in love with his style of art from the get-go. As an artist myself, I know how important the visual side of children's books are as well as the storyline. I'm excited to see it all come together as he and I collaborate on this vision. Make sure you check out more of his work on the "links" tab of our project.
WHAT HAPPENS IF THE PROJECT IS FUNDED? WHAT WILL BE NEXT?
If the project is in fact funded, I plan to self-publish the book and begin creating the Sissel Skateboards brand. This book is touching on only one of the many new and ancient wonders of the world. There are so many more to explore!!! If we exceed our goal, all funds will be put towards starting the next book and creating a Sissel skateboard deck line with everyone's favorite characters from the book(s). The thought of seeing little girls out skating on a Sissel skate decks is so motivating. This is my dream.
Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Of course I'm crossing my fingers that any risks and/or challenges are few and far between. A main concern I have is that a lot of parents see skateboarding as a dangerous sport to be involved in. Which being a parent myself, I fully understand. However, we as parents have to understand that most sports or outdoor activities involve an element of risk. As long as you take the necessary steps (i.e. helmet, pads etc) your child will gain a sense of accomplishment as they learn and grow. Bumps and bruises are a part of everyone's childhood. So, don't be afraid or hesitant to let them try.
Also, with the basic storyline outlined, a concern I have is getting the story just right. Not only do I want to give children a character they can relate to, I also want there to be a historically educational side of the story. I'm confident in my ability to do so. Also, with every project that has a budget, you estimate as best as you can, but sometimes unexpected costs come up. I plan to maximize and utilize all funds to the fullest in order to create a thriving business.
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All of the above, PLUS a limited edition autographed PERSONALIZED print of Sissel, Boone, and any character of your choice drawn by illustrator Chris Bodily. That means you, your child, your child's child, a neighbor child, a stranger child, an alien child etc etc...whomever you please will be drawn and included in your very own drawing with Sissel and Boone. How cool is that? (this makes a great gift I might add)Estimated delivery:Add $10 USD to ship outside the US
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All of the above, PLUS a limited edition, Kickstarter exclusive, Sissel and Boone skateboard deck. Limited edition...need I say more??? Hang it on your wall for decor, or get out and shred. Either way, it's all yours!! This comes with or without the standard Sissel pink grip tape. *designed to be determinedEstimated delivery:Add $15 USD to ship outside the US
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All of above. PLUS a one on one skate date with yours truly. Come spend the afternoon with me in sunny San Diego skating the boardwalk. If you don't skateboard, fear not, you can cruise along on your choice of bicycle, scooter, roller-skates, segway, or unicycle. The bottom line is we'll have a grand ol' time brainstorming the book and all things skateboarding. (airfare and lodging not included)Estimated delivery:Add $15 USD to ship outside the US
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