As Star Wars, Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones fans know, there aren’t many sci-fi or fantasy books written for younger kids. What’s a geek parent to do? Well, how about writing a sci-fi book for young future geeks? That’s just what Carmel Valley resident Henry Herz did.
Herz was helped by his 11 and 13-year-old sons. Again! Their first book was the stunningly-illustrated fantasy, Nimpentoad (www.nimpentoad.com) that has earned 81 Amazon 5-star ratings.
“Finstin” is a 32-page science fiction picture book. The story takes place on a distant planet, where the alien boy Finstin gets lost. As he navigates his way home, he meets amazing creatures with incredible talents. The book also encourages interest in Earth’s animals.
These young entrepreneurials are using Kickstarter to crowdsource their book. Kickstarter is full of innovative and imaginative projects that are brought to life through the direct support of others. Project creators set their project’s funding goal and deadline. If people like the project, they can pledge money to make it happen. Helping kids publish a book for other kids promotes reading, writing and entrepreneurship.