The Chronicles of Oujo is a tale of one boy's journey to realise his dream of being an adventurer.
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The Chronicles of Oujo is our take on the high fantasy genre. We wanted to tell a story about a hero, but not a hero with a destiny, or a history ... or much of a chance, really. A story of a boy who becomes a hero, not because of who he is, but because of who he becomes. We wanted to create a story for kids that was fun and inspired that spirit of adventure, and with Christmas just around the corner, we wanted to create something you could wrap up and place under the tree. Something kids could rip wrapping paper off in gleeful abandon on Christmas morning.If we reach our funding goal of $5000 by Nov 14th, we'll be able to print the book and get it delivered to you before you can say, "Jingle bells". Not only that, but every preorder of the print book gets you the fully narrated ebook as well. You'll even get the ebook before it goes on sale!
"I've read it. It's beautifully illustrated, thoughtfully written and not to mention funny, entertaining, smart, engaging and great for kids to read and to read to your kids. Heck, I enjoyed it myself, so I'd say it's good for big kids too." Better yet
-- Janine Campbell-Foo
About the Illustrator
CHIANG is a self-taught illustrator/writer/director and one-half of
since he successfully sold the only copy of his first
original hand-drawn comic-book, The
Adventures of Hercules and Odysseus*, to
his mother for a meal at the age of nine, Joshua Chiang has been
filled with an unquenchable belief that he will achieve greatness in
the realm of visual storytelling.
the fact that he was also diagnosed around the same period with a
condition known as ‘Delusions of Grandeur’, (on top of an
already devastating disability known as red-green deficiency) Joshua
persevered in his craft, and in 2003, co-wrote and co-directed the
digital feature film S11, which
has been screened at various international film festivals, such as the
9th Shanghai International Film Festival, often to stoic acclaim from
the few members of audience who turned up.
the advice of a fan in the guise of a film critic who likened the
above-mentioned film to a cheaply-produced Saturday morning
children’s cartoon, Joshua then became heavily involved in the
Singapore animation scene. He has written for many locally produced
animated series such as Nanoboy, Master
Raindrop, Zigby and The
well as international productions such as Robot
ARPO, and also conceptualized designs and storyboarded for various other
has also illustrated for several books, including his own. Two of his
Paths and Javier's
Day are sold in bookstores in
Singapore and Phnom Penh where he is now based. He is now
developing original concepts for TV, film and print through Cerealbox
similarities to the more popular Asterix and Obelix series
are strictly coincidental
About the Author
JEFFREY LAWRENCE OMAR wrote his first book at the age of five. It was written exclusively on torn-up drawing paper and lovingly penned in red
crayon. He presented this first manuscript to his first ever editor, Mom, she approved of the work. He then set about the task of
creating a cover, and binding the book in red knitting twine. It was
only when he sat down to read his very own first-edition, hand-crafted, hand-bound book that he realised that he'd bound it completely upside down.
began a career where Jeff would end up getting a lot of things
completely bass ackwards. Usually it was words. Short ones. Like
'was'. Though there were other things like directing television shows
for MTV before getting a degree (as was proper). However, as a result of his
spelling-impairment and anachronistic career development style, Jeff
cultivated a habit of looking at things from more than one angle&mdashif
only in an effort to correct his spelling.
After years spent
working as a coffeeboy, copywriter, line producer, and glorified
light stand (not necessarily in that order) Jeff ended up writing for a little known show called Nanoboy. It was there that he met Joshua
Chiang. The two discovered their love of storytelling was only matched by their love
of ruffling each other’s feathers–in other words, the perfect
ingredient for a long-lasting partnership. Together they would write
many of the scripts for the shows listed in Joshua's biography, and as such does not bear repeating (according to Joshua).
Jeff is not busy spending his time writing, he is spending it battling autocorrect algorithms, checking Joshua's colour-proofs, and thinking up stuff that makes him giggle.