Hi friends! Welcome to the first Storysuits adventure. This journey started over two years ago while my wife was pregnant with our first child. I was a typical nervous parent who was determined to read studies so that I could become the best parent possible. All of the studies that I read had a repeating theme - read to your children. With this knowledge I dug deeper and came across a study led by Janice McCabe "Gender in Twentieth-Century Children's Books: Patterns of Disparity in Titles and Central Characters." This study looked into the statistics of children’s books and revealed that there is a 2:1 ratio for male to female characters in children’s books. This study was the groundwork for Storysuits.
Monkey Do Good is a story about an independent girl who has a heart of gold. This story takes place deep within a jungle where a young girl wakes up to animals in need of a hero. To breathe life into our story we worked with illustrator Jessica Scheberl to create incredible watercolor paintings. Each page is designed to draw the reader further into the story!
While dreaming about a better way to engage Monkey Do Good readers we came up with the concept of the Storysuit. With this idea we started working with project masterminds Adam Murray (Prototype Engineer) and Kelly Salutz (Technical Designer) and our first Storysuit was born. Our main focus was making a quality hero outfit that would hold up to the test of time. Each Storysuit is made out of high quality flame resistant fleece, durable elastic and steel snaps. Currently we are offering Storysuits in US standard sizes 2T, 3T and 4T.
Combining the Storysuit and book together offers an experience that brings back the value of imagination and play. No apps. No screens. No computer-generated imagery. We bring you a heartwarming story, beautiful artistry and the chance to play make-believe. To this day we have yet to meet a child who says "no" when asked if they want to dress up as a monkey and read a book.
We have poured our hearts into this idea and know we can inspire new heroes through our Storysuits and books. Please consider joining us in making this a reality. Thank you for your time and interest.
Tier #1: Book Donation - One Kickstarter edition of Monkey Do Good will be donated to a local school or shelter. (This reward will not come with a Storysuit) This is the first donation level.
Tier #2: Book Reward - You will receive one Kickstarter edition of Monkey Do Good. (This reward will not come with a Storysuit)
Tier #3: Storysuit Combo Donation - One Kickstarter edition Storysuit/book combo will be donated to a child in need. This is the second donation level.
Tier #4: Early Bird - You receive one discounted Kickstarter edition Storysuit/book combo. You will be able to pick between sizes 2T, 3T and 4T. Limited to 200 rewards.
Tier #5: Storysuit Combo Reward - You receive one Kickstarter edition Storysuit/book combo. You will be able to pick between sizes 2T, 3T and 4T.
Tier #6: Buy One Combo Donate One Combo - You receive a Kickstarter edition Storysuit/book combo and one Kickstarter edition Storysuit/book combo is donated. You will be able to pick between sizes 2T, 3T and 4T. This is the third donation level.
Tier #7: Two Combo Pack Reward - You get two Kickstarter edition Storysuit/book combos. You will be able to pick any combination of sizes 2T, 3T and 4T.
Tier #8: Buy Two Combos Donate Two Combos - You get two Kickstarter edition Storysuit/book combos and two Kickstarter edition Storysuit/book combos will be donated. You will be able to pick any combination of sizes 2T, 3T and 4T. This is the fourth donation level.
Tier #9: Retail Backer Pack - You get 10 signed Kickstarter edition Storysuit/book combos. You will be able to pick any combination of sizes 2T, 3T and 4T. Limited to 100 rewards.
Tier #10: Original Promotional Art - You will receive one of the four original collaborative art pieces produced by the illustrator and guest artist. These pieces are the originals used for the promotion of this campaign. This reward will also come with a signed Storysuit/book combo. As a bonus you will also get to place one name on the Thank You page in the Kickstarter Edition of Monkey Do Good. Limited to 4 rewards.
Tier #11: First Print Book - You will receive one of the first three Monkey Do Good books ever printed. These books are handbound and noticeably different from the Kickstarter editions. Each handbound book will be signed and come with documentation. This reward will also come with one signed Kickstarter edition Storysuit/book combo. You will be able to pick between sizes 2T, 3T and 4T. As a bonus you will also get to place one name on the Thank You page in the Kickstarter Edition of Monkey Do Good. Limited to 3 rewards.
Our dedicated team has laid out a plan to get you a Storysuit package as quickly as possible. This journey has many steps but we are determined to hand lead this project from start to finish. After the Kickstarter has completed we will be sending out surveys to capture any needed information. Once this has been completed we will order our Kickstarter edition Storysuits, books, packaging and any other special rewards. It will take 3 months from when we place the order until we have our products in hand. From that point we will need to sort and package up our adventure and ship it to you. We will keep you up to date on the progress and have every bit of confidence that you will have your product before the end of July.
Risks and challenges
Any time you dream and take on a large project there is going to be a certain level of risk. To lower the overall risk of production we are working with a well-seasoned overseas manufacturer who specializes in books and children’s clothing. We have been in constant communication with the production facilities and are very happy with how well we have been able to connect. We have already received multiple samples and the quality we have received has been incredible.
We do not expect delays but anything is possible with a project of this size. We have incorporated buffer time into our delivery date; however, it should not be necessary.
To deal with any other issues that may come up we have laid out a game plan for every step of the way. We have assembled a team of industry experts in design, production, shipping, asset management, project planning, taxes and legal. If we need an extra hand, we are surrounded with the largest group of loving friends and family that have adopted this project as their own