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Jake travels to faraway lands in search of  treasure - but discovers that the best kind of treasure is much closer to home!
Jake travels to faraway lands in search of  treasure - but discovers that the best kind of treasure is much closer to home.
Jake travels to faraway lands in search of treasure - but discovers that the best kind of treasure is much closer to home.
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Welcome to our Kickstarter! What a labor of love this has been. Not to mention plenty of exercise for our patience muscles. For the past three years, we have stolen moments from our busy lives to work on this book. Now--finally--everything is done and it looks great! The files are ready to go, we’ve chosen our printer and . . . that’s where our patience muscles buckled. We can’t bear the thought of waiting another day, let alone 365 of them, to save up enough money to print our book. Can you help us get Jake’s story out into the world? We would love to print 1000 books. If you can help us pay for that first print run, you’ll have our undying gratitude (along with some other fun stuff).

If our Kickstarter is successful, we will do our best to get all the books and goodies to you by Mother's Day (because it’s a story all mothers will love) and, at the very latest, by the end of June.

The story:

After a long, adventure-filled day, Mom tucks her energetic son, Jake, into bed. No sooner does the door close behind her, then he is out of bed again, staring out the window at the moon. He closes his eyes only long enough to imagine himself searching for treasure in faraway places. Jake’s quest takes him and his cat companion to the jungle, the desert, the ocean, and the arctic, but it’s not until he ‘opens up his eyes’ that he discovers the best kind of treasure is much closer to home.

The book:

  • 30+ pages of colourful illustrations & text
  • Text is large and easy to read
  • Lots of animals to find. 
  • A playful exploration of rhythm and language
  • A story for all ages with a subtle message about the importance of loving relationships
  • Hard cover, 9 1/2" x 10"
  • Signed by the creators

About us:

Maxine Spence is the author. Down in the Jungle is her second picture book. The first one is called Leaf. She is currently editing her first middle grades novel. Check out her other creations at turtledreams.ca

Lyndsay Wasko is the illustrator and book designer. This is Lyndsay's first children’s book. She is currently completing her last semester at the Alberta College of Art + Design. See more of her artwork at lyndsaywasko.com

Risks and challenges

All the art, writing, and book design is 100% done. The only foreseeable glitch might be a printer delay of some sort. We have used this printer to publish another children's book. They delivered a beautiful product right on time. We’ve discussed this project’s timelines with them and don’t anticipate any delays, but, as anyone who has been on this planet for any length of time knows, nothing in life is a sure thing. We promise to always keep you informed. If things are held up for any reason, you will be the first to know.

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    Undying Gratitude package: a thank you postcard with original artwork from the book.

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    Undying Gratitude Plus package: thank you postcard, thank you on the Turtle Dreams website. We will also mail you 2 stickers, and a bookmark.

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    Early Bird Special: a copy of the book signed by both Maxine and Lyndsay, thank you postcard, thank you on the Turtle Dreams website, and a thank you on a special page IN THE BOOK. (There’s more than one way to see your name in print.)

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    Uh-Oh, I Slept Through the Special package: a signed copy of the book, all the heartfelt thank you’s (card in mail, name on website, and in the book), 2 stickers, and a bookmark.

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    Original Art That Will Be Worth Something Some Day package: a signed one-of-a-kind doodle of Jake’s cat, a signed copy of the book, all the heartfelt thank you’s (card in mail, on website, in the book), 2 stickers, and a bookmark.

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    Warm the Cockles of Your Heart package: 2 signed copies of the book (one for you and one for your mom), a very special Mother’s Day Card, thank you’s, stickers and bookmark.

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    Three Generations of Love package: 3 signed copies of the book [one for you, one for your mom, and one for your child(ren)], a Skype reading of Down in the Jungle with Maxine (the author), a very special Mother’s Day card, thank you's, stickers and a bookmark.

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    Just the Books, Ma'am package: FIVE signed copies of the book plus all the thank you's ('cuz even though all you want is the books, we still want to say THANK YOU)

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    Lay the Joy on Thick package: includes a special Skype reading of Down in the Jungle with Maxine (the author) for your family or your classroom or neighbourhood library, followed by a conversation about whatever you want to talk about: the book, the publishing process, the writing life, and/or other writing projects, PLUS five signed copies of Down in the Jungle PLUS stickers and bookmarks for everyone on the Skype call. (As a special bonus for families/schools/libraries within a 100 km radius of Didsbury, AB - Maxine will visit in person.)

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    Lay the Joy on Thick package squared: a special Skype visit with both the author and the illustrator for your family or your classroom or neighbourhood library. Maxine will talk about the writing end of things and Lyndsay will show you how she created the illustrations, PLUS five signed copies of Down in the Jungle, PLUS a poster of the book’s front cover. (As a special bonus for families/schools/libraries within a 100 km radius of Didsbury, AB - Maxine and Lyndsay will visit in person.)

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    An Original Something Just For You package - Writer Style! - You will receive: everything listed in the $200-level Package PLUS a story poem written especially for a child in your life.

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    An Original Something Just For You package - Illustrator Style! - You will receive: everything listed in the $200-level package PLUS a custom digital illustration of a child in your life.

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    An Original Something For You package - Author and Illustrator Extravaganza! You will receive: everything listed in the $200-level package PLUS a story poem written and illustrated especially for a child in your life. PLUS your name will be included on the dedication page of Down in the Jungle!

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