I don’t know about you but some of my little man’s favorite books (and how he learned a lot of his words) are the ‘I-Spy’ series. Although I like these books, I found that when I went searching for more most of the images are used in multiple books. I remember loving ‘Where’s Waldo’ when I was a kid so when I found out about this book I was ready to sign up for crowd-funding before the site was even ready! I sincerely hope it will become a standard on other kids’ bedrooms and classroom bookshelves, too. If you agree, join us in lending your support. There are a few ways you can do so:
- Support the initial publication through the Kickstarter crowd-funding effort by March 31st (this also gets you discounts)
- Keep checking the website www.findthecutes.com to purchase the book when it becomes available for public sale
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Below are some additional images and details the author shared with us about his inspiration for, and the work that went into the book. You can also reach him directly at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is so great about this particular book?
“The world market is flooded with numerous children’s books, so if we wanted to make it big, we knew our book had to stand out. It had to have that extra something that makes you want it and be impressed with it, so that you recommend it to others personally and in reviews. You need to feel your money was worth it. So why buy “Find the Cutes – Playtime?” Because it’s not a regular children’s book:
- – It keeps you and your children entertained for hours.
- – The illustrations look beautiful.
- – It’s cute and funny.
- – It’s educational.”
What is “Find the Cutes – Playtime” all about?
“Children are creative. They have a huge imagination. In society today, despite all the technology and opportunities, the greatest happiness is often found in the home. Children give families that extra enthusiastic energy. “Find the Cutes – Playtime” is based on that concept. It sparks the imagination, stimulates dialogue without words, educates, entertains, and inspires.”
Who are the Cutes?
“The Cutes are a family. Their last name is “Cute” and all the kids’ names start with a “C”: Carissa, Chaz, Cade, Cammy, and Cindy. The story is based on the “second-mom” phenomenon:
What inspired you as an illustrator? As the oldest daughter you sometimes get to babysit your younger siblings a lot. That’s how it can work in bigger families. In every illustration I tried to show their innocence and playfulness.”
“As a child, I was much intrigued by search books. I spent hours looking for the right characters and objects on every page. But I discovered there weren’t that many different ones out there. Over the years, I developed a unique cartoon style that I was able to use for several companies and assignments. Together with my ideas and the concept of a search book, my wife (then girlfriend) and I came up with a search book and a fun family as the main characters.”
How did you come up with each page, and how long did it take to draw them?
“Before each page, I brainstorm about as many creative, funny things that could happen. For example, I divided the Birthday Party page into section of balloons, ball pit, presents, etc. Children can be very silly. So I think of what they’d do with a balloon, like rubbing it over their hair, letting it go into the air, binding it to their ears, popping it, etc. Each page took almost 100 hours to sketch, draw, color on the computer, etc. Each person is hand-drawn and colored in Photoshop. My wife, Celestial, did most of the storytelling.
The whole book took 1 year to finish. Some drawings are based on real events. Sometimes something funny that happened in our lives, comes back in the drawings. For instance, when I was dating my wife, we both took a bite of the same huge hotdog at the same time. So in the Swimming Pool page, I drew a boy and a girl eating a hotdog at the same time.”
Who is the book for?
“Children ages 3 and up. Adults could enjoy it too. With 12 pages of things to search for, kids could be entertained for hours. Not only are we going to make a book, but we are planning on making it a tablet game for the ipad, kindle, and other devices. That will be a stretch goal if we make it.”
Are you on social media?
“We have a website, www.findthecutes.com, which will be the means of selling our book once it’s updated with a payment system. We are also on Facebook, Google Plus, Pinterest, Twitter, and Tumblr. Feel free to look us up and follow us.”
Are you going to make a sequel?
“Yes. We are planning on an entire series of 10 books The next book will be called “Find the Cutes – Festival Fun” and will have fun search pages about Christmas, Easter, and Halloween, but also about the Tomato Festival in Spain, Songkran in Thailand, and Sinterklaas in the Netherlands. It will also have 12 pages and a storyline. We already started working on it.”