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Clever Fox's Tales about the Universe
Help me raise funds to publish my trilogy of books for small kids - about astrophysics!
Robert Farkas
Budapest, Hungary
$7,909 USD total funds raised
108% funded on December 3, 2016
Overview
These books are created for 3-5 year old children and parents, who are fascinated by the wonders of our universe and the miracles of it. This series does not intend to teach, it aims to raise interest. Although the books cover topics which are considered to be difficult to understand, the creator believes that incorporating them in stories in a playful way is far from impossible. The short dialogues of the main characters let kids discover the mysteries of physics - told in their own language.

Overview

’Daddy, what are those million shiny spots up in the black sky?’ This is the question I want to be able to answer by the time my daughter will ask it. I invite you to help me answer this same question for hundreds, hopefully thousands of other kids all around the world.

About me

My name is Róbert Farkas, I am a freelance illustrator and animator. I live in Europe in Hungary with my family. Aside from drawing I like to read books about astrophysics in my free time, which influenced me in creating this trilogy.

About the trilogy

The first book is about the Big bang and particle physics, no joking! The second part takes us to the middle of the solar system, explains about core fusion, vacuum and what lies in the middle of a black hole. The third is a leap into quantum physics, with a taste of the speed of light, gravitational lens effect and dark matter.

  • All books are ten pages, based on short conversations between father fox and his cub about the mysteries of the universe.
  • Every single physical phenomenon that appers in the books is explained through examples taken from our everyday reality.

Let's talk about physics!

You say these are really complicated topics, and you don’t quite understand them yourself? Good. Who wouldn’t want their children to have better knowledge of our expanding world than what they have? Besides, you’ll learn as we progress together with Da and his cun.

  • These topics will bring up lots of hard and interesting questions to answer, which is my ultimate goal.
  • My hope is that my fox-tales will lead to conversations between parent and child about the fundamental questions, like where we come from, what we are made of and where is that something from.

About my mission

I need money. A lot. I want my books to be published in as many languages as possible to be able to bring it to every corner of the world. Good news is we can all do this together, if you pledge some money, for what I’ve put together some awesome perks from 3D-print figurines to hand-drawn illustrations.

About the budget

  1. 6900 USD lets me publish and dispatch the first book to the pledgers in 300 copies (world wide free shipping included) and pay taxes after the whole thing. I can also afford the ISBN number needed for international editions.
     
  2. 13800 USD is enough to have the second book in print as well. I can post these and pay the taxes after them too.
     
  3. 20700 USD is enough to have all three books in print, taxes and postage fees covered.
     

You can also help without paying a cent!

  • If you don’t have a nickel but like the idea, use the share button located on the top of the page, it's easy and it helps me a lot!
  • You can spread the word about my campaign to your friends and family.
  • You can share my campaign on social media and your blog.
  • If you know celebrities or astrophysicists, who would like to help me promote the books with a quote, that’d be awesome!

Perks

  • 1 book
  • 1 Postcard

     

  • 1 book
  • 1 Fox figurine
  • 1 Postcard

     

  • 1 Book
  • 2 Fox figurines
  • 1 Poster (A2)
  • 1 Postcard

     

  • 2 books
  • 2 Postcards
  • 2 Fox figurines


 

  • 2 Books
  • 2 Fox figurines
  • 2 Postcards
  • 2 T-shirts
  • 1 Poster (A2)

     

  • 1 Original sketch
  • 3 Books
  • 3 T-shirts
  • 3 Fox figurines
  • 1 Poster
Perks
$2
USD
Planck size
The smallest size in the universe. Where I grew up we believe every little helps, and I also know that every small amount of money brings me closer to my goal of publishing my books. Thanks for helping out!
Items included:
  • Virtual high five
9 claimed
Get this perk
$10
USD
Quantum fluctuations
Sometimes you’ll find a tenner in your pocket, sometimes you won’t. I say thanks to everyone donating 10 USD in a short video which will also be posted on my Facebook page to let the world know you care about getting to know the universe.
Items included:
  • Virtual high five
  • Short video
6 claimed
Get this perk
$25
USD
Dark matter
Majority of the universe is made of dark matter – the rest are us and books! 25 bucks gets you a book and a postcard with one illustration from it.
Items included:
  • The book
  • Postcard
181 claimed
Ships Worldwide
Estimated December 2016
Estimated December 2016
Get this perk
$29
USD
Give me that T-shirt!
You don't know what LIGO means? You don't believe in dark matter? Never mind, here's a good quality t-shirt for your kids with two cute little foxes on it! Free shipping included!
Items included:
  • Kids T-shirt
2 claimed
Ships Worldwide
Estimated December 2016
Estimated December 2016
Get this perk
$49
USD
Higgs field
Higgs field gives you the extra you need – you’ll get a book, a postcard and a 3D print of one of the characters!
Items included:
  • The book
  • Postcard
  • 3D fox figure
18 claimed
Ships Worldwide
Estimated December 2016
Estimated December 2016
Get this perk
$49
USD
Only here for the foxes
You don’t care about astrophysics? Don’t give a damn about Hawkins radiation, and what are gravitational waves anyway? If you are only here for cute foxes, I appreciate that as well. 49 bucks will get you both of the foxes. World wide free shipping included to all perks!
Items included:
  • 3D fox figure (2)
0 claimed
Ships Worldwide
Estimated December 2016
Estimated December 2016
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$75
USD
Spooky action at a distance
Every particle has its pair, so do foxes. For 75 USD you’ll get both of the characters in 3D-print, a signed copy of the book and a postcard.
Items included:
  • The book
  • Postcard
  • 3D fox figure (2)
  • Poster (A2 size)
5 claimed
Ships Worldwide
Estimated December 2016
Estimated December 2016
Get this perk
$89
USD
Gravitational lens
Gravity is the reason stars appear in the sky more than once. This pack gets you 2 books, 2 postcards and 2 foxes.
Items included:
  • The book (2)
  • Postcard (2)
  • 3D fox figure (2)
3 claimed
Ships Worldwide
Estimated December 2016
Estimated December 2016
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$149
USD
Fusion
This has all: 2 signed books, 2 foxes, 2 Postcards, 2 T-shirts and a foxy poster. You’ll also be included in the acknowledgements section.
Items included:
  • The book (2)
  • Postcard (2)
  • 3D fox figure (2)
  • Poster (A2 size)
  • Kids T-shirt (2)
0 claimed
Ships Worldwide
Estimated December 2016
Estimated December 2016
Get this perk
$249
USD
Black hole
A black hole consumes everything, what enters, never leaves. You'll get 3 books, 3 foxes, 3 t-shirts, plus one hand-drawn and signed page.
Items included:
  • The book (3)
  • 3D fox figure (3)
  • Kids T-shirt (3)
  • Signed original sketch page
2 out of 10 claimed
Ships Worldwide
Estimated December 2016
Estimated December 2016
Get this perk
Overview
These books are created for 3-5 year old children and parents, who are fascinated by the wonders of our universe and the miracles of it. This series does not intend to teach, it aims to raise interest. Although the books cover topics which are considered to be difficult to understand, the creator believes that incorporating them in stories in a playful way is far from impossible. The short dialogues of the main characters let kids discover the mysteries of physics - told in their own language.
Perks
$2
USD
Planck size
The smallest size in the universe. Where I grew up we believe every little helps, and I also know that every small amount of money brings me closer to my goal of publishing my books. Thanks for helping out!
Items included:
  • Virtual high five
9 claimed
Get this perk
$10
USD
Quantum fluctuations
Sometimes you’ll find a tenner in your pocket, sometimes you won’t. I say thanks to everyone donating 10 USD in a short video which will also be posted on my Facebook page to let the world know you care about getting to know the universe.
Items included:
  • Virtual high five
  • Short video
6 claimed
Get this perk
$25
USD
Dark matter
Majority of the universe is made of dark matter – the rest are us and books! 25 bucks gets you a book and a postcard with one illustration from it.
Items included:
  • The book
  • Postcard
181 claimed
Ships Worldwide
Estimated December 2016
Estimated December 2016
Get this perk
$29
USD
Give me that T-shirt!
You don't know what LIGO means? You don't believe in dark matter? Never mind, here's a good quality t-shirt for your kids with two cute little foxes on it! Free shipping included!
Items included:
  • Kids T-shirt
2 claimed
Ships Worldwide
Estimated December 2016
Estimated December 2016
Get this perk
$49
USD
Higgs field
Higgs field gives you the extra you need – you’ll get a book, a postcard and a 3D print of one of the characters!
Items included:
  • The book
  • Postcard
  • 3D fox figure
18 claimed
Ships Worldwide
Estimated December 2016
Estimated December 2016
Get this perk
$49
USD
Only here for the foxes
You don’t care about astrophysics? Don’t give a damn about Hawkins radiation, and what are gravitational waves anyway? If you are only here for cute foxes, I appreciate that as well. 49 bucks will get you both of the foxes. World wide free shipping included to all perks!
Items included:
  • 3D fox figure (2)
0 claimed
Ships Worldwide
Estimated December 2016
Estimated December 2016
Get this perk
$75
USD
Spooky action at a distance
Every particle has its pair, so do foxes. For 75 USD you’ll get both of the characters in 3D-print, a signed copy of the book and a postcard.
Items included:
  • The book
  • Postcard
  • 3D fox figure (2)
  • Poster (A2 size)
5 claimed
Ships Worldwide
Estimated December 2016
Estimated December 2016
Get this perk
$89
USD
Gravitational lens
Gravity is the reason stars appear in the sky more than once. This pack gets you 2 books, 2 postcards and 2 foxes.
Items included:
  • The book (2)
  • Postcard (2)
  • 3D fox figure (2)
3 claimed
Ships Worldwide
Estimated December 2016
Estimated December 2016
Get this perk
$149
USD
Fusion
This has all: 2 signed books, 2 foxes, 2 Postcards, 2 T-shirts and a foxy poster. You’ll also be included in the acknowledgements section.
Items included:
  • The book (2)
  • Postcard (2)
  • 3D fox figure (2)
  • Poster (A2 size)
  • Kids T-shirt (2)
0 claimed
Ships Worldwide
Estimated December 2016
Estimated December 2016
Get this perk
$249
USD
Black hole
A black hole consumes everything, what enters, never leaves. You'll get 3 books, 3 foxes, 3 t-shirts, plus one hand-drawn and signed page.
Items included:
  • The book (3)
  • 3D fox figure (3)
  • Kids T-shirt (3)
  • Signed original sketch page
2 out of 10 claimed
Ships Worldwide
Estimated December 2016
Estimated December 2016
Get this perk
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