Hello lovely person!
Thank you for clicking on our crowdfunder. We are making our first ever illustrated book and would love your help!
BOOK? WHAT BOOK? FOR WHO? ABOUT WHAT?
When You Grow Up is the book version of a poem that I wrote recently (I am the grown up in this operation). I am a writer and a performance poet and I recently authored a bespoke poem which was commissioned by the winner of a silent auction - I donated this as a poetic prize for a fundraising charity event for IDAS (Independent Domestic Abuse Services).
The brief from the auction winner was 'please write me a poem of excellent life advice for my 8 year old nephew that will last him for years and tell him how to be a really good grown up.' No pressure!
I smiled and nodded like a professional and said 'yeah of course, I can write that, no problem' but in truth I was a bit overwhelmed. Who was I to be a solo voice telling a boy I don't even know how to live his life? Uh oh. The dreaded writer's block set in.
I did what any sensible person does at this point - I turned to social media for help. I published a post asking my Facebook friends to share any thoughts or advice they would give to their 8 year old selves. The thread was a popular one and it helped me overcome my creative block and served as the starting point for my poem.
After I had performed and delivered a copy of the poem to my client (who I was delighted to say loved it very much!) I decided to put it up on line, so my friends could see what their thoughts and comments had inspired. You can see the live video of the poem by clicking on this link here:
***(In the video the poem has a different title but we decided to call our project When You Grow Up because we think it is a much better title for a book)
The live video was a very popular post and lots of people asked me for a copy of the poem so they can read the piece to their own 8 year olds. But everyone knows the best stories to read to kids are the ones with pictures... So I decided to get my own young nephews on board to help.
This is Solly (10) and Ché (11).
They both love to draw, and when I asked them if they wanted to work with me to illustrate my poem and help me turn it into a book, I was delighted that they both said YES!
Here are some examples of what they have been working on so far:
'I hope that when you grow up
your friends are all hilarious
and make good jokes
ones that make you pee your pants
and your sides ache'
'and I hope that you always
wear sunscreen and eat broccoli
and get a horse
or a motorbike
or a pet alligator
or whatever else it is that you want'
'and when you’re on the train
don’t forget to look out of the window
you might see a cow explode
or a phone box farm
or a midnight alien invasion'
'and if one day you meet someone
that only wants to be mean
please remember that
they are not a lock on a safe
you cannot crack their code
you cannot pick them open to let out
a hidden treasure of love and approval
no matter how much you want it to be so
no matter how clever you think you are at puzzles
the cleverest are the ones
who are brave enough to walk away'
Pretty good artistic family collab skills eh?
SO WHAT DO WE WANT THE MONEY FOR?
Because as Ché rightly says in the video it's going to be great! We think this is a fab idea and we would love it to exist in the real world. Ahem Solly, not just because we love money, might want to work on your creative pitching there kid - although actually the guy's got a savvy point; a boy's got to keep himself stocked in fine liners somehow!
In all seriousness though, we have set up this fundraising page to help us cover typesetting and print costs for 200 x A4 full colour copies of our book. The finance breaks down as follows:
The printing and binding costs have been quoted at approx £800 (around £4 per book).
The remaining money will go towards other typesetting costs + materials (pens, pencils, red wine and Haribo).
Any left over pennies will go in to our piggy banks, or towards further print runs if we sell all 200 quick.
For every copy of the book sold we will donate £1 to IDAS. And we will of course send a copy to the original commissioner and her nephew, free of charge.
We hope you can help us achieve our goal (and keep these two busy drawing and out of trouble until the end of the summer holidays!) We are really excited to be making this book together and we can't wait to share it with all of our chums. If you like the poem and drawings and our idea, please help us to spread the word.
Thank you so much for your help.
Hannah and Ché and Solly
aka Cool Pineapple Inc.