I’m Martin Small and I’ve recently launched a Kickstarter campaign for my book Mr. Love and Mrs. You & Their Wonderful Planet – in this story, we’ll visit candy floss hill, we’ll see the marshmallow trees, the lollipop fields and the love heart moon! I would love to tell you a bit more about it and my motivation behind writing it.
I made this book because I wanted to say “love you” to my boy at night-time – I needed the book to be wacky, colourful and bold – something different from other illustrated books on the market. And at the end of the story, you get to say “love you” to your child. There’s nothing better in the world than seeing a child’s smile – it’s infectious and true. And when that child is your child it melts your heart!
Mr. Love and Mrs. You ended up being even better than I imagined! I found an illustrator, Joe Davies who had just the perfect wacky style to fit my story. The pictures really pop in the book, and the story is designed to be interactive, with guessing games and onomatopoeias that engage the children and allow them to join in. I visit schools and read it to groups of children, and it’s great to see how much they enjoy it!
I chose to crowdfund the book because sending it to a publishing house was never going to work for me – I struggle with dyslexia and it’s hard for me to get the words out in the right way for a cover letter. Plus, self publishing will give me more creative tools in my book.
I think face-to-face traditional storytelling is one of the most amazing things you can experience together, and in a modern world of smartphones and iPads, basically a lot of screen time for kids, I feel like it’s more important than ever to actively preserve the art of storytelling. Don’t get me wrong, I am a strong believer in technology but not if it comes at the cost of children’s social and mental development. Children should get lost in their own imaginations, and get to go on a journey with the main characters, and be inspired.
With my book, I want to share my love for classic storytelling and hope I can inspire others to write and get lost in the wonderful world of books. Visit my Kickstarter page to learn more! I really appreciate your support.
Is there anything better than telling your child you love them? This book will remind you to do just that at the end of every day.
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