the kickstarter campaign is now live!

 
Mock up of front and back cover of Ballistic Kids physical book

The Project

Ballistic Kids is an illustrated story book introducing children to the awesome experience of being in a band.

It consists of 48 pages of rhyming fun written by Thom Craigen, illustrated in full colour by Matt Riste, whose artwork style evokes classic children’s books by Mervyn Peake and Maurice Sendak, bringing the perfect touch of darkness to the light-hearted humour of the rhyming text.

Suitable for reading aloud to younger children and for more advanced junior readers to enjoy reading alone, the story’s humour and rock ‘n’ roll references (both verbal and visual) allow it to be enjoyed on a number of levels.

It also comes with a mini-album of heavy, hook-laden songs that children everywhere will want to sing along with. Written by Scott Lee Andrews, the songs add an extra dimension to the story’s universe and bring the band to life.

Rock ‘n’ Roll is good for you!

There is a huge amount of evidence that learning to play music is good for you. Academics, musicians and music teachers, rock stars and rock schools all agree that learning to play music is particularly beneficial to children’s development. It’s not surprising, really. Learning to play an instrument takes patience, persistence, and focus, which are also important qualities needed to succeed at school, at work and in life generally.

Learning to play alone is great, but being in a band also provides a sense of belonging, pride and comradeship. It has a huge positive effect on confidence and self-esteem and helps children forge life-long friendships, as well developing a wide range of life skills and personal abilities including patience, persistence, focus, creative thinking, team-working, attention to detail, problem solving, improvisation, communication, loyalty, determination and resilience.

The key message behind Ballistic Kids is that it doesn’t matter what size, shape, gender, age or ethnicity you are… it doesn’t matter how cool or popular you are… if you’re in a band, and you work hard at playing together, good things happen.
— Thom Craigen - Author, Ballistic Kids

UK charity, Music for All sums it up perfectly - “Music is an essential part of the fabric of our lives.” - it makes you smarter, makes you healthier and makes you happier. We want to bring this message to young children through characters they can identify with, in a book they will revisit, with or without their parents, time and time again.

Our mission is to inspire the rock stars of tomorrow to pick up a guitar and form a band!

The Story

Scott lived in a village, on top of a hill… where life moved so slowly it seemed to stand still.  No youth club or skate park, no playground or zoo. There was pretty much nothing for children to do.

Scott lived in a village, on top of a hill… where life moved so slowly it seemed to stand still.

No youth club or skate park, no playground or zoo. There was pretty much nothing for children to do.

The story of Ballistic Kids follows Scott and Matt, childhood outsiders from the small, sleepy village of Hilltop, who dream of rock ‘n’ roll stardom. When a new girl arrives at their school, her musical abilities and can-do attitude inspire the young boys to make their dream a reality and they quickly join forces with class-mates Thom and Su to form a band.

Their noisy rehearsals are soon upsetting local residents but the youngsters keep on rocking, channelling all their energy and creativity into pursuing their dream. Eager to prove themselves and show the world what they can do, they decide to enter the Summer Spectacular School Talent Show.

Will their debut performance be the disaster that everyone expects or will all their hard work and dedication pay off?


 

A quick history of how Ballistic Kids came to be

The team behind Ballistic Kids met whilst their bands were recording at the legendary Rockfield Studios in Wales (most famous for the recording of Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody"). They became friends and ended up touring together, having an absolute blast playing live music venues around the UK.

Conversations on the road highlighted that for all of them, being in a band as they grew up provided a unique sense of identity, improved their confidence and self-esteem and helped forge life-long friendships.

Some years later, inspired by children’s authors like Julia Donaldson and Jonny Duddle, Thom Craigen turned his love of language and rhyme to creating Ballistic Kids, a children’s picture book based on real-life experiences, to encourage young children to discover the magic of playing music and being in a band.



The Kickstarter Campaign

To fund the completion and printing of the book, we are running a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign towards the end of 2019.

Kickstarter is a crowdfunding website which allows individuals to raise money for a creative idea, by offering a range of “rewards” for specified donations. The risk for supporters is minimised because the projects are run on an “all or nothing” basis - so anyone pledging any money for a reward will only be charged if the campaign successfully achieves its target. The money raised will be used to pay for the illustration, layout and initial print run of the book, as well as Kickstarter’s platform and transaction fees, postage and packaging.

The proposed range and likely pricing of rewards for Ballistic Kids are detailed below. Sign up to the mailing list at the bottom of this page to receive updates as the campaign launch approaches and to get special Early-Bird discount pricing!


 
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PROPOSED Rewards & PRICING

[All images of rewards are for illustration only - final designs to be confirmed.]


Band Promo Photo - A4 Gloss Photo Print

Band Promo Photo - A4 Gloss Photo Print

= £5.00

Inspire anyone visiting your home with this high quality photo-print, ready to frame and hang on your wall.

FREE postage to UK - additional shipping costs apply to other countries.



iPad showing digital copy of Ballistic Kids front cover

Digital Version of Ballistic Kids picture book

= £8.00

Be a Ballistic Kid on the go with this impossible-to-tear digital copy of "Ballistic Kids". Also includes downloadable 5-track mini album by Ballistic Kids.


Mock up of Ballistic Kids paperback book - one physical copy

EARLY BIRD DEAL - 1 x SIGNED Ballistic Kids picture book

= £12.00

Shipped to you as soon as it is ready, you will receive one physical copy of the 48 page softcover book, signed by the author, Thom Craigen.

You’ll also receive:

  • The digital version of the book

  • An A4 Band Promo Photo gloss print.

  • Downloadable 5-track mini album by Ballistic Kids.

  • FREE postage to UK - additional shipping costs apply to other countries.

Pledge an extra £3 and your name will appear in a special thank you section of the book.

Price after EARLY BIRD DEAL = £15.00


Mock up of Ballistic Kids paperback book - two physical copies

EARLY BIRD DEAL - 2 x SIGNED Ballistic Kids picture book

= £20.00

Shipped to you as soon as it is ready, you will receive two physical copies of the 48 page softcover book, signed by the author, Thom Craigen.

You’ll also receive:

  • The digital version of the book

  • 2 x A4 Band Promo Photo gloss prints.

  • Downloadable 5-track mini album by Ballistic Kids.

  • FREE postage to UK - additional shipping costs apply to other countries.

Pledge an extra £3 and your name will appear in a special thank you section of the book.

Price after EARLY BIRD DEAL = £25.00


Mock up of Ballistic Kids paperback book - five physical copies

5 x SIGNED Ballistic Kids picture book

= £50.00

Shipped to you as soon as it is ready, you will receive five physical copies of the 48 page softcover book, signed by the author, Thom Craigen.

You’ll also receive:

  • The digital version of the book

  • 5 x A4 Band Promo Photo gloss prints.

  • Downloadable 5-track mini album by Ballistic Kids.

  • FREE postage to UK - additional shipping costs apply to other countries.

Pledge an extra £3 and your name will appear in a special thank you section of the book.


Mock up of Ballistic Kids paperback book with black branded baby grow

Ballistic Baby-Shower Gift Set

= £30.00

Ballistic Kids branded black babygrow (0-3 months)

Includes one physical copy of the 48 page softcover book, signed by the author, Thom Craigen.

You’ll also receive:

  • The digital version of the book

  • An A4 Band Promo Photo gloss print.

  • Downloadable 5-track mini album by Ballistic Kids.

  • PLUS - exclusive “Ballistic Lullabies” music-box 5-track mini-album.

  • A name of your choice will also appear in a special thank you section of the book.

  • FREE postage to UK - additional shipping costs apply to other countries.


Mock up of Ballistic Kids Limited Edition alternative cover paperback book - one physical copy

Strictly Limited Edition ALTERNATIVE COVER version

= £120.00

Limited reward - only 20 available!

Be one of just 20 people to own a copy of this extremely limited edition print of Ballistic Kids featuring an alternative cover. We will only be printing 20 of this version of the book and will NEVER re-print it, making it something truly rare and sought after. All 20 copies will be signed by the author.

You’ll also receive:

  • One SIGNED copy of the regular cover version.

  • The digital version of the book.

  • An A4 Band Promo Photo gloss print.

  • Downloadable 5-track mini album by Ballistic Kids.

  • FREE postage to UK - additional shipping costs apply to other countries.

  • Your name will also appear in a special thank you section of the book.


Mock up of blank paperback book with question mark meeple

Be a character in the audience at the talent show

= £150.00

Limited Reward - only 6 available!

Be immortalised as a character in the story, appearing in 2 full-colour spreads of the audience at the Summer Spectacular School Talent Show! Send us a photograph of yourself and Matt Riste will draw you as a Ballistic Kids audience character! (As the characters depicted are young children, we reserve the right not to include beards, tattoos, piercings and other adult-centric features).

Includes one physical copy of the 48 page softcover book, signed by the author, Thom Craigen.

You’ll also receive:

  • The digital version of the book.

  • An A4 Band Promo Photo gloss print.

  • Downloadable 5-track mini album by Ballistic Kids.

  • FREE postage to UK - additional shipping costs apply to other countries.

  • Your name will also appear in a special thank you section of the book.


Mock up of Ballistic Kids Art Print with two placeholder meeple characters

Portrait of up to 2 people drawn with the band

= £120.00 (1 person) / £150.00 (2 people)

Limited Reward - only 20 available!

Immortalise yourself (or your children!) in a one-of-a-kind drawing of you with Ballistic Kids! Send us a photograph of the people to be included and Matt Riste will draw them in his inimitable style as a character hanging out with the band! (For this reward there are no restrictions on things such as beards, tattoos, piercings etc. However, we won’t include anything obscene or in poor taste).

You will receive:

  • Full colour, Hi-Res digital file

  • A3 quality art print signed by the illustrator, Matt Riste.

  • FREE postage to UK - additional shipping costs apply to other countries.

Delivery time of the portrait will vary depending on uptake of this reward.

You’ll also receive (separately):

  • One SIGNED copy of the regular cover version.

  • The digital version of the book.

  • An A4 Band Promo Photo gloss print.

  • Downloadable 5-track mini album by Ballistic Kids.

  • Your name will also appear in a special thank you section of the book.


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  • FREE - 5 x Ballistic Kids phone wallpapers

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  • DISCOUNTED - Early-bird pricing

iPhone X with Ballistic Kids wallpaper