Nearly two years ago, we were invited to a baby celebration for a dear friend, Matt. Amie & Matt have worked closely together, creating dozens of websites over the years, and he has become part of our chosen family. We knew exactly what we wanted to get a developer like Matt—a cool kid’s book about code, a book that would introduce Matt’s baby to the nerdy world of websites, apps, and digital products. We were shocked to find that none existed… so, we wrote our own kid’s code book (well, a PDF) with brightly colored words on a black background.
We knew the right illustrations would bring the book to life and into the hands of future developers. At a party, we saw a cute illustration that our friend Sarah‘s colleague drew of her that perfectly captured Sarah’s warm and spunky personality. We immediately knew we’d found our partner for the code book, someone who would understand our vision and could build on it with his own silly imagination and fabulous creatures. With illustrator Jason Heglund on board, the The Wonderful World of Creatures & Code (aka WWoCC) was finally born.
The Wonderful World of Creatures & Code introduces readers of all ages to foundational code terms and tags used to create websites. The book’s world represents our diverse world, with girls, boys, and creatures of all types. WWoCC will be an 8″ by 10,” full-color hardcover book with premium uncoated linen paper stock—your eyes and hands will thank us.
A world of code, kids, creatures, and rhymes
WWoCC colorfully illustrates 26 essential HTML tags and fundamental code elements used in making websites—and has integrated “insider” references that developers and engineers will appreciate. Short, rhyming pairs make reading time fun and easy, even with a complex topic. The creature-filled world draws kids in and keeps them hooked as they learn things like the difference between ordered and unordered lists.
Fun and accurate
Written to teach and inspire, The Wonderful World of Creatures & Code presents code terms and concepts in a simple way, rather than dumbing them down. With each WWoCC storytime, readers of all ages get familiar with arguably the most important language of the 21st century, with laughs and funny-toofed creatures along the way.
A perfect 21st-century bedtime story
The Wonderful World of Creatures & Code is a must-have baby shower gift and go-to bedtime story for all kids, not just those of developers like our friend Matt.WWoCC is kid tested and developer approved. Please help us bring WWoCC from the drawing board to your child’s hands.
We need your help to get this book into the hands of as many children (and adults) as possible. Please fund this project and spread the word with friends and family. And, if you’re wondering, most of the funds raised will be used to pay Jason the Great (illustrator) and to print and ship the book to you. The rest goes to the super exciting stuff: Fulfillment costs, Kickstarter fees, payment processing fees, freight charges, packaging materials, and copyright costs. Space paint not included.
Here’s another rundown of our awesome rewards—but, please be sure to read the full descriptions in the Rewards section.
WWoCC FAN CLUB: No physical reward.
WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD: One (1) unsigned first-edition hardcover copy ofWWoCC.
SIGN ON THE SLOBBERY LINE: One (1) autographed first-edition hardcover copy ofWWoCC. Each book will be signed by Amie, Heather, and Jason.
SHARING IS CARING: Two (2) unsigned first-edition hardcover copies of WWoCC.
LIVE BY THE CODE: Five (5) unsigned first-edition hardcover copies of WWoCC.
CREATURE FEATURE: One (1) signed 11″ by 14″ print of the CSS page and one (1) autographed first-edition hardcover copy of WWoCC.
CREATURE COMFORTS: A one-of-a-kind stuffed creature toy from the pages ofWWoCCmade just for you. Here’s an example of the type of stuffed creature you’ll receive. Note: these examples are not WWoCC creatures, but they other creatures made by Yvonne, our awesome local craftswoman who will be making your kid’s new best friend. We will choose a creature from the book to have made for you. Plus, you also get an autographed first-edition hardcover copy of WWoCC.
BECOME IMMORTAL: Three people have the chance to have their kid drawn into the pages ofWWoCC. You will need to send us a picture or two and a brief description of your child, and Jason will work his magic. Each of the three kids will make it into one of the inside pages of the book and will be drawn in the style of the rest of the book. You will get an autographed first-edition hardcover copy ofWWoCC that features your child on one of the pages. As a reminder, here’s how kids look in our world of creatures and code:
Risks and challenges
We are 100% confident we can get this awesome book in your hands by April 2016 based on our extensive experience in both the publishing and tech worlds.
There is minimal risk for everyone involved. The book is completely written and sketched out. With the first 5 illustrations done, Jason is on track to finish illustrating the book by this December. But only if we can fund the rest of his time.
Our carefully-selected printer (Friesens in Canada) and fulfillment house (Co-Operations in Oregon) located in North America are ready to get the book to you in a timely manner.
Many thanks and little slobbering creatures to you for helping make this book real.