"The Real Story of Ruth the Tooth" is a different kind of children's book. It is a 3D adventure with a read along record (and/or digital copy). It follows the plight of 3 of Rip VanWinkle's teeth as they try to evade a tooth fairy who is trying to collect them too early.
This book is not about flossing and brushing. It's not about sleeping for 20 years, and it's not about bowling, well kind of, but no. This book is about sticking together, and helping out the least of us, and teeth. Did you know teeth are not bones?
The hardbound book, the record, and the glasses come as a handsome package. The first run will be an edition of 1000 books and 500 records.
The timeline for this project is substantial. I've made my blueprints for the book including storyline, dialogue, initial page sketches and even finished illustrating a couple pages. The record production is going to be a big project in and of itself. It's a 7 inch 45rpm vinyl record, with the story, dialogue, sound effects, and a song or two. Just the time to manufacture the physical record will take 4 months minimum. Realistically I'm projecting the book and record will be finished in April 2017.
This project has a lot of moving parts, but I am in the capable hands of bookmakers and record producers that love their craft as much as I love mine. "The Real Story of Ruth the Tooth" needs to be told.
Risks and challenges
Producing the record:
This is my first endeavor into making a physical record but I have made music and recorded dialogue for the tens of shadow puppet shows I've performed over the years.
Illustrating the book:
Although I have not made a children's book before I have made a couple short run books of my art so I am familiar with page setup, margins and bleed.
Telling a compelling story:
"What are you doing making a children's book? Aren't you the 3D painter guy?" I can hear you now. Yes I am the 3D painter guy, but I am also a seasoned puppeteer (since 1999), and have been telling stories threw music, dialogue, and visual effects for a long time.
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