January 22, 2016  

The hardcover print edition of The Bewundering World of Bewilderbeests is now available for sale directly through this website or through Amazon.com and Amazon.ca. Click the "Buy" link in the menu bar to learn more!

Starting today, you can enter to win one of 15 copies of The Bewundering World of Bewilderbeests in a Goodreads Giveaway! Click the link below to enter! Runs from January 22 to February 29, 2016; open to residents of Canada, the US, and the UK. Good luck!


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The Bewundering World of Bewilderbeests by Bailey Fort

The Bewundering World of Bewilderbeests

by Bailey Fort

Giveaway ends February 29, 2016.

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  November 17, 2015  

Special thanks to Kickstarter Backers, plus the book is now available for pre-order!

Wow, a lot has happened since the last update in the summer. Somehow I neglected to share that the Kickstarter campaign was a tremendous success—significantly surpassing the fundraising goal. Check out the Special Thanks page for the Kickstarter backers who helped fund the print publication of The Bewundering World of Bewilderbeests—and whose support and generosity made this project a reality. Truly, I couldn't have done it without you—thank you, ad infinitum.

Now that the book has been printed and the Kickstarter reward packages have been sent out, the book is set for official release on December 1st, 2015. It is available for pre-order here, and will additionally be available through Amazon starting December 1st.


  July 2, 2015  

The Bewundering World of Bewilderbeests—Kickstarter campaign kicks off!

Exciting news! The Kickstarter campaign to help fund the print publication of The Bewundering World of Bewilderbeests launches today! This project has been an ongoing labour of love for me, and it's now time to bring it to fruition with the print edition of the book. If you're interested in acquiring your own copy, this is your chance!

Please visit the project page for The Bewundering World of Bewilderbeests on Kickstarter.com to learn more and view the video for the book (it includes a sneak peek at the interior pages!)

The campaign will run for 30 days, and I would be grateful for your support in reaching the target goal of $5000. The money raised will help to fund a large print run to produce the 36-page book in hardcover with beautiful matte finishes. Kickstarter backers can select from rewards packages that include first-edition copies of the hardcover book, as well as packages that include a PDF of the ebook, commemorative stickers, mini-bookmarks, greeting cards, and posters.

Also, if you could help me spread the word by sharing this post, that would be fantastic!


About Kickstarter

For anyone unfamiliar with Kickstarter, it is a rewards-based crowdfunding website that helps fund the projects of independent creators through rallying the support of individuals like you. If people like a project, they can pledge money to help make it happen—and in return, select from a variety of tiered rewards packages. In this case, most of the rewards packages include at least one hardcover copy of The Bewundering World of Bewilderbeests, as well as other commemorative items.

Project creators set a funding goal and deadline for the project, and projects must meet their fundraising goals in order to receive any money (it's all or nothing!) Backers will only be charged if a campaign successfully reaches its target.

How to Pledge

In order to pledge, visit this link https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1192075774/the-bewundering-world-of-bewilderbeests Be sure to watch the video, and scroll down for more information about the project itself. The breakdown of the rewards packages is available on the right side of the page.

To make a contribution and select a rewards package, you will need to set up a Kickstarter account by selecting "Sign Up" near the top of the page and entering your information. Be sure you're logged in, then on the project page click on the green "Back This Project" button. On the next page you enter your pledge amount and select your reward tier. If the reward you choose involves shipping, you will be prompted to include this additional amount in your pledge. After you select "Continue to next step", you'll be asked to confirm your payment details. You'll be asked for your credit card information, but your card will only be charged if the project is successfully funded.

  May, 2015  

The Bewundering World of Bewilderbeests was reviewed by Publishers Weekly!

First-time author-illustrator Fort imagines a land "Beyond the high seas,/ A-way to the east," populated by hybrid creatures called Bewilderbeests. In rhyming verse, she introduces 13 such animals one by one; "Jabberwocky"-style portmanteaus are many (the "snaggle-toofed bandersnoot" can't help but recall Carroll's "frumious bandersnatch") as are wordplay- and pun-driven creations like the "early-morning meadowsnark," a "mountain gloat," and the "red and ruffled liddigator," whose names all give clear clues as to their personalities. (Regarding the meadowsnark, Fort advises, "First thing in the morning/ She's sarcastic, rude, and bossy./ Approach instead at noon or night,/ For then, she's merely saucy.") Set against marbled skies, Fort's portraits of the animals resemble layered digital collages, the creatures reflecting a wide range of personalities and temperaments. [There's] plenty of amusement to be found in these pages. Ages 3–8.

  April 24, 2015  
  Review of The Bewundering World of Bewilderbeests and author interview with Bailey Fort on "Children's Illustrated Picture Book E-Book Reviews," blog of Valerie Harmon, children's literature reviewer for The Kindle Book Review and children's ebook author. Click here to view.  
  March 23, 2015  


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