How we made a new children’s book about Paris

In an old Paris zoo, not far from the Seine,
Roger the liger was dreaming again.
“If only I wasn’t so wildly embarrassed…
I’d love to go dancing… all over Paris.”

Meet Roger the Liger. Before I say anything else, I must note: Ligers do exist. They’re a rare cross between a tiger and a lion.

Roger, however, is a fictional character from a new children’s book, written by me and illustrated by my wife Lina Nordin Gee (aka @parisianpostcards).

It’s the story of how an unusual and marginalized character copes with fear of rejection and learns to be his true self. It’s also a light and playful story set across Paris, as imagined by Lina.

This book is the perfect introduction to Paris for 3-9 year olds, but the illustrations and playful rhyming text will delight people of all ages. Especially those who love Paris.

As with our last book, Kylie the Crocodile, we are self-publishing Roger the Liger using earnings from presales on the crowdfunding website Kickstarter. We had set a goal of €10,000 to raise over one week, with the plan to use all proceeds to print the first print run of the book.

And guess what? We reached the goal in one hour and forty minutes! Thank you! And thank you to Kickstarter for promoting the book as a “project they love”.

How we made the book

During the live liger launch on YouTube over the weekend, we got lots of questions about how we made the book, and we answered them all (plus a lot more) in today’s podcast episode. You can listen below.

You can also listen below if you don’t want to use Spotify. But please note, this podcast is released on all podcast platforms and you can find it on your phone. Be sure to follow!

How to get a copy

The only way to get a copy of the book is via this link. Even though we’ve reached our funding goal, more presales will allow us to go bigger and better on the initial print run, and it’s the quickest and cheapest way for you to get the book. And if you like, you can throw in a copy of Kylie the Crocodile for half the usual price!

We will ship globally!!

Here’s a replay of the live liger launch, where you can see more pictures and hear more of the text.

And here are a few more pics of Roger, prancing around Paris, so you can get to know him a little better.

Woah woah woah! I don’t want to give away the whole book. Order a copy now via the Kickstarter and you’ll have a copy before you know it, potentially even next month. If not, definitely by November.

Here’s the link again, thank you for your support.

PS: Listen closely to today’s podcast episode for the emoji clues 😉 You’ll understand when you hear it.

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