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A new kind of brain-bending puzzle adventure book.
A new kind of brain-bending puzzle adventure book.
A new kind of brain-bending puzzle adventure book.
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Wizard Pickles - Puzzle Adventure Book

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Prepare to solve a magical mystery...

Aunt Wilma’s lost her magic wand! Now it’s up YOU to help young Mazie Pickles track it down, before the pesky critters who stole it cause any more mischief!

On your quest, you’ll travel through a mysterious forest, visit a castle, escape a dungeon, and even ride a dragon. Yes, you’ll get into all kinds of crazy pickles as you explore every inch of this richly-detailed, comic fantasy world.

Wizard Pickles contains a multitude of perplexing problems for all ages, from simple search and find activities to muddling mazes, cryptic codes, and complex logic problems that will keep you baffled for many hours of puzzling fun!!!

Wizard Pickles Front Cover
Wizard Pickles Front Cover

About Me:

Hi, I'm Chuck Whelon, the creator of "Wizard Pickles". I’m a children's book author and illustrator. I mostly specialize in creating games and puzzles. In the past, I've made a number of maze and other activity books for Dover Publications, including the popular "What to Doodle?" series. I've also illustrated a series of search and find books with titles such as "Where's the Penguin?", "Where's Santa?", and "The Great Fairy Tale Search", published by Buster Books in the UK, Simon & Schuster in the USA, and in other co-editions worldwide.

I create and illustrate puzzles and comic strips for Cricket Magazine Group titles, and I've illustrated a number of boardgames for Minion Games (several of which were successfully launched here on Kickstarter). I'm the creator of a long-running, semi-autobiographical epic comic fantasy webcomic called "Pewfell", a board game called "Legitimacy", and I'm the cartoonist for Goodman Games' awesome Dungeon Crawl Classics Role-Playing Game. You can see more about me and my work at: http://www.whelon.com

About the Book:

So, what is Wizard Pickles? Well, it's a new kind of puzzle adventure book for kids of all ages.

At the most basic level, it’s the tale of young Mazie Pickles and her crazy aunt Wilma who works as a wizard up at the local castle. However, every page of “Wizard Pickles” contains a variety of different picture puzzles to solve.

The puzzles range in difficulty, from simple search and find activities that even the smallest kids can do, to more complex logic problems that are much more challenging. There are mazes and codes on every page and a larger, overarching mystery that runs throughout the whole book.

When you back this project, you'll be one of the very first people to own a copy of this amazing and original book, which I believe will prove to be a timeless classic. My traditional publishers, however, have been kind of resistant to the concept of a book that's not easily pigeon-holed, so I'm here on Kickstarter to ask for your help in getting it off the ground. Either they are crazy, or I am... it's up to you to decide...!

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 Wizard Pickles has 26 pages (12 full-color 17"x11" double-page spreads).

Risks and challenges

The good news is that Wizard Pickles is already done, drawn and set up for print. Once you back the book, all I'll need to do is add in any additional characters from the rewards, proof the book, and you will get your copy within just a few weeks of the Kickstarter funding. This is my second Kickstarter for a printed book. Reward fulfillment on the first book went very smoothly, so there is no reason to anticipate any problems with this one.

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    Hardback & PDF copies of Wizard Pickles, name of your choice listed on the dedications page, plus an 8.5"x11" page of signed, original art (uncolored) from the series of animal "finger tattoos" I recently produced for Dover Publications. The art is black ink on translucent vellum and will show two animals and I will include a copy of the little book that the art was printed in. The ones I have are: Lion & Giraffe, Jellyfish & Squid, Panda & Gorilla, Rhino & Zebra, Sea Horse & Fish, Shark & Turtle, Tiger & Hippo, Walrus & Crab. You can take your pick, on a first come, first-served basis.

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