Project image
)}
£1,194
pledged of £3,357pledged of £3,357 goal
38
backers
26days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Sun, December 15 2019 8:05 AM UTC +00:00.

The Shrew with the Flu: Respect and Revive

A story about self-discovery and respecting mother nature, told through a mouse-like mammal's experience with the flu.

The Shrew with the Flu: Respect and Revive

A story about self-discovery and respecting mother nature, told through a mouse-like mammal's experience with the flu.

£1,194
pledged of £3,357pledged of £3,357 goal
38
backers
26days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Sun, December 15 2019 8:05 AM UTC +00:00.

About

What is The Shrew with the Flu about?

This is the adorable little shrew that unknowingly ate an entire forest! He's also one of our stickers.

Shrew has spent his whole life using only one sense to hunt… his sense of smell; until a horrible case of the flu forces him to make use of the rest of his senses. 

Jennifer Davison's Draft Illustrations #1: Front Cover of The Shrew with the Flu

Once he hones the art of hunting - using his ears and nose combined - he's forced to battle an impulsive urge to be greedy in order to sustain the forest he so dearly loves.

Jennifer Davison's Draft Illustrations #2: Pages 17 and 18 of The Shrew with the Flu

Shrew loves food; Shrew loves his forest; Shrew doesn't realise that, by being greedy, his wonderful woods can't thrive. Using a positive, fun and hopefully humorous story about a shrew with a stuffy nose, I hope to teach children about greed, self-awareness and respecting mother nature. I conducted extensive research to make sure every fact within this book relating to shrews is 100% accurate.

Teaching Children to Respect Nature

I see this book as a two pronged approach to doing my bit for the environment; the first part of which is about encouraging "respect" for the natural world. Throughout the book, families will relate to the temptation of having excess - whether it's food, designer clothes or plastic packaged products - we've all done our fair share of consuming something we shouldn't. In the story, Shrew notices that there's a link between his greediness and the well-being of his forest. He has to decide whether he continues to be greedy, to the detriment of his surroundings, or whether he'll change his ways in order to restore balance. Shrew's decision to help the forest is a decision to respect mother nature - a decision that (I hope) will encourage readers of this book to do the same.

Empowering Families to Be Part of Nature's Revival

The second part of my two pronged approach to helping the environment revolves around "revival". Whilst The Shrew with the Flu can encourage families to respect their surroundings, the story itself doesn't help encourage nature to do it's bit for us. This is where rewards play a crucial, exciting role.

Kabloom's eco-friendly Seedbom is the perfect partner for a book all about nature

By partnering with Kabloom, I've been able to incorporate eco-friendly Seedboms into my reward packages. Each and every backer eligible for a reward will receive at least one Seedbom; with which you'll be able to ignite a fire of colour and life within your local park, garden or green space. Those backing at higher tiers will receive a limited edition "The Shrew with the Flu" Seedbom.

This is the design of the limited edition "The Shrew with the Flu" Seedbom


I approached Kabloom because my family used their Seedboms for my 7-year-old sister's birthday last year and absolutely loved them! With your participation in this campaign, I can finally have The Shrew with the Flu illustrated and published, and we can all be part of greener, happier planet.

An info-graphic for Kablooms' eco-friendly Seedboms

Who is Bill Bath?

I am Will Hamilton-Davies, a.k.a Bill Bath (I've always wanted a shorter, catchy pseudonym). I'm a 21-year-old graduate from Newcastle University and I'm 1 of 6 siblings. I was inspired to start my journey as a writer whilst reading my younger siblings (Max, 8 and Emily, 5) bedtime stories last summer.

I've always loved being in the great outdoors, through rain, wind and snow

After months of creative writing alongside my uni degree, I wrote The Shrew with the Flu. As I've gotten more in-tune with discussions on climate change, the principles of this story (to respect and revive mother nature) have become more intertwined with my everyday life. I intend to spend the foreseeable future reading and writing children's stories, hanging-out with my siblings and optimising my lifestyle for the benefit of the environment. 

What can you do now?

You can put a smile on a child's face (as well as Bill's) and be part of a movement towards respecting and reviving mother nature, by simply buying this book.

Your support will help to fund the following:

  • The complete illustration of The Shrew with the Flu by Jennifer Davison (I will leave some of her previous illustrations for you to have a look at below)
  • Postage and packaging of books for Kickstarter backers
  • Buying ISBN numbers for the book
  • Kickstarter costs
Exemplar work by Jennifer Davison #1: A bear amongst flowers
Exemplar work by Jennifer Davison #2: A girl reading in the jungle
Exemplar work by Jennifer Davison #3: A grumpy monkey with crazy hair

Risks and challenges

There are very few risks with this project.

All rewards (excluding copies of the book) can be distributed in time for Christmas. If you're looking for a fun, unique and environmentally friendly present idea, pledging on this Kickstarter is perfect. Consider the wait for your fresh copy of the book an extension of your Christmas excitement.

Regarding the book, I will receive rough illustrations from Jen by the 16th of March, to be coloured for the 27th of April. I will finalise all illustrations in early May, and intend to have all copies of the book printed and delivered to your doors by the end of the month. By then you should have had time to launch your Kabloom Seedboms (yes, I'm expecting photos!) and of found the perfect place for your paper stickers.

Should anyone back this project from outside of Europe, it's worth noting that countries will have varying policies regarding the shipping of seeds; said policies may impact the shipping of your Seedbom.

I will keep you all in-the-loop using Kickstarter updates; you'll see every step of the production process and get a real feel for the community you've become a part of. I cannot wait to get started!

Much love,

Bill x

Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Questions about this project? Check out the FAQ

Support

  1. Make a pledge without a reward

    £
    About $13

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  2. Select this reward

    Pledge £3 or more About $4

    Welcome to Shrew's Garden Gang!

    Take the sneakiest behind-the-scene peaks as Bill progresses his book towards publication. You'll receive both a "The Shrew with the Flu" and "Kabloom" paper sticker, and unlock the potential to be eternally happy, having joined the most exciting nature-orientated project yet to launch through Kickstarter.

    Bill's grateful for every pound spared for his project. His heart races like a rampant Shrew's when he sees backers being enthusiastic about his work. Thank you for taking the time!

    Includes:
    • A personalised thank you note
    • 2 x Paper stickers
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    0 backers
    £
    About $4

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  3. Select this reward

    Pledge £15 or more About $20

    E-SHREW

    Read a digital copy of "The Shrew with the Flu".

    Perhaps shrew's handwritten letter will persuade you to forgive, forget and come around to the idea of loving his naive ways. Will his sticker be a shrine to celebrate the idea of reviving mother nature, or a death-marked spot on your dart-board? You decide.

    This pack will not only provide you with Shrew's digital tale, but also a Kabloom Firebom - to start an explosion of colour and life within your garden.

    Includes:
    • 1 x Digital copy of the book!
    • 1 x Firebom from Kabloom
    • 2 x Paper stickers
    • Handwritten "thank you" note from Shrew
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    3 backers
    £
    About $20

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  4. Select this reward

    Pledge £25 or more About $33

    BASIC BOOK BUNDLE

    Get your hands on a physical copy of "The Shrew with the Flu".

    Shrew always hoped that people would treasure his tale of torment for generations to come; how better to honour Shrew's vision then to keep a softcover copy of "The Shrew with the Flu" within the four walls you call home.

    Once more, make your home more than just four walls by inviting the colour of Kabloom's Firebom into your garden, the stickiness of 2 epic stickers onto your walls, and an exclusive handwritten note from Shrew, into your heart.

    Includes:
    • 1 x Softcover copy of the book!
    • 1 x Digital copy of the book!
    • 1 x Firebom from Kabloom
    • 2 x Paper stickers
    • Handwritten "thank you" note from Shrew
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    3 backers
    £
    About $33

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  5. Select this reward

    Pledge £45 or more About $59

    BOOK & BEE BUNDLE

    Get your hands on an exclusive signed hardcover copy of "The Shrew with the Flu".

    Previous tiers are an essential part of Shrew's mission to "respect and revive" mother nature; however, many people want their garden to thrive, after it's been revived. Plug your earphones in, be the first to listen to the "The Shrew with the Flu" audio-book, and lure bee-autiful honey bees to your garden with a custom, limited edition "The Shrew with the Flu" Seedbom.

    Includes:
    • 1 x Signed hardcover copy of the book!
    • 1 x Read-aloud audio recording of the book
    • 1 x Firebom from Kabloom
    • 1 x Custom Shrew with the Flu (Pollinator) Seedbom from Kabloom
    • 1 x Digital copy of the book!
    • 2 x Paper stickers
    • Handwritten "thank you" note from Shrew
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    1 backer
    £
    About $59

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  6. Select this reward

    Pledge £100 or more About $130

    SPREAD THE WORD GIFT BUNDLE

    Get your hands on 2 signed hardcover copies of "The Shrew with the Flu"; have your name feature alongside other dedicated pledgers on a page within the book; receive a multitude of other goodies.

    This tier is for anyone willing to share the brilliance of this story outside of their immediate surroundings. You've "respected", "revived" and "thrived" within the realms of your now-budding garden - full of colourful flowers, birds, bees and butterflies - and you're willing to "drive" the message home by finding a stranger, friend or family member worthy of a signed book, gift box and stickers.

    Shrew wanted to share his story with you; it seems fitting that you share his tale with somebody equally as deserving.

    Includes:
    • 2 x Signed hardcover copies of the book!
    • 1 x Read-aloud audio recording of the book
    • 1 x Digital copy of the book!
    • 2 x Kabloom Gift Box's
    • 4 x Wooden stickers
    • Your name in the book!
    • Handwritten "thank you" note from Shrew
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    0 backers
    £
    About $130

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  7. Select this reward

    Pledge £130 or more About $168

    SHREW MEETS SCHOOL

    Have Bill Bath (a.k.a Will Hamilton-Davies) visit your school or a school of your choice, read "The Shrew with the Flu" aloud and run fun activities revolving around the book and it's ecological message for 45 minutes.

    All schools are equally as welcome to base the session within a nearby woodland or green space; this could make the activities feel even more compelling and adventurous. The school will receive a book and bee bundle as part of the package. Seedbom's and stickers included within said bundle would make for great in-class prizes or giveaways. And of course, to show my appreciation for such incredible support, your school name will feature in the dedications page in the book.

    Please note that schools more than 200 miles away from Bristol, England, may incur additional travel costs, and session's would be scheduled for after the publication of the book.

    Includes:
    • 1 x Signed hardcover copy of the book!
    • 1 x Read-aloud audio recording of the book
    • 1 x Digital copy of the book!
    • 1 x Custom Shrew with the Flu (Pollinator) Seedbom from Kabloom
    • 1 x Firebom from Kabloom
    • 2 x Paper stickers
    • Handwritten "thank you" note from Shrew
    • A school name of your choice in the book!
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United Kingdom
    1 backer
    £
    About $168

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  8. All gone!
  9. Reward no longer available

    Pledge £10 or more About $13

    EARLY-BIRD E-SHREW

    Read a digital copy of "The Shrew with the Flu".

    Perhaps shrew's handwritten letter will persuade you to forgive, forget and come around to the idea of loving his naive ways. Will his sticker be a shrine to celebrate the idea of reviving mother nature, or a death-marked spot on your dart-board? You decide.

    This pack will not only provide you with Shrew's digital tale, but also a Kabloom Firebom - to start an explosion of colour and life within your garden.

    Includes:
    • 1 x Digital copy of the book!
    • 1 x Firebom from Kabloom
    • 2 x Paper stickers
    • Handwritten "thank you" note from Shrew
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Reward no longer available 6 backers
    £
    About $13

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  10. Reward no longer available

    Pledge £18 or more About $24

    EARLY-BIRD BASIC BOOK BUNDLE

    Get your hands on a physical copy of "The Shrew with the Flu".

    Shrew always hoped that people would treasure his tale of torment for generations to come; how better to honour Shrew's vision then to keep a softcover copy of "The Shrew with the Flu" within the four walls you call home.

    Once more, make your home more than just four walls by inviting the colour of Kabloom's Firebom into your garden, the stickiness of 2 epic stickers onto your walls, and an exclusive handwritten note from Shrew, into your heart.

    Includes:
    • 1 x Softcover copy of the book!
    • 1 x Digital copy of the book!
    • 2 x Paper stickers
    • 1 x Firebom from Kabloom
    • Handwritten "thank you" note from Shrew
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Reward no longer available 11 backers
    £
    About $24

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  11. Reward no longer available

    Pledge £35 or more About $46

    EARLY-BIRD BOOK & BEE BUNDLE

    Get your hands on an exclusive signed hardcover copy of "The Shrew with the Flu".

    Previous tiers are an essential part of Shrew's mission to "respect and revive" mother nature; however, many people want their garden to thrive, after it's been revived. Plug your earphones in, be the first to listen to the "The Shrew with the Flu" audio-book, and lure bee-autiful honey bees to your garden with a custom, limited edition "The Shrew with the Flu" Seedbom.

    Includes:
    • 1 x Signed hardcover copy of the book!
    • 1 x Read-aloud audio recording of the book
    • 1 x Digital copy of the book!
    • 1 x Firebom from Kabloom
    • 1 x Custom Shrew with the Flu (Pollinator) Seedbom from Kabloom
    • 2 x Paper stickers
    • Handwritten "thank you" note from Shrew
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Reward no longer available 2 backers
    £
    About $46

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  12. Reward no longer available

    Pledge £75 or more About $97

    EARLY-BIRD SPREAD THE WORD BUNDLE

    Get your hands on 2 signed hardcover copies of "The Shrew with the Flu"; have your name feature alongside other dedicated pledgers on a page within the book; receive a multitude of other goodies.

    This tier is for anyone willing to share the brilliance of this story outside of their immediate surroundings. You've "respected", "revived" and "thrived" within the realms of your now-budding garden - full of colourful flowers, birds, bees and butterflies - and you're willing to "drive" the message home by finding a stranger, friend or family member worthy of a signed book, gift box and stickers.

    Shrew wanted to share his story with you; it seems fitting that you share his tale with somebody equally as deserving.

    Includes:
    • 2 x Signed hardcover copies of the book!
    • 1 x Read-aloud audio recording of the book
    • 1 x Digital copy of the book!
    • 2 x Kabloom Gift Box's
    • 4 x Wooden stickers
    • Your name in the book!
    • Handwritten "thank you" note from Shrew
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Reward no longer available 4 backers
    £
    About $97

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.