The Big Banana Car Children's Book

A collection of weird, wonderful and sometimes bizarre true stories of Ridiculous Steve and the Big Banana Car.

 

$4,953 pledged of $3,950 goal

208 backers

125% funded

 

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The success of any fundraising project is totally dependent upon how much it is shared. Please consider sharing it on Facebook or email or any way you can think of. Thank you - Steve.

As you can imagine, when driving an enormous banana cross country there is adventure around each corner and these are just a few of the many amazing true stories of actual banana car encounters.

 

I wrote the book while on The World Needs More Whimsy Grand Tour. The map below shows the Big Banana Cars travels since April 11th 2018.

The Big Banana Car was built in 2011 and since that time has traveled from sea to shining sea and from the Great Lakes to the Gulf coast. It has visited New York city, Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami and many wonderful cities and small towns in between. You might even have passed it somewhere on the great American highway and wondered... is that a giant banana I see driving down the road?

The Story

The Banana Car

I'm raising funds to publish the Big Banana Car Children's Book. It's a collection of weird, wonderful and sometimes bizarre true stories of the banana car as it has traveled these great United States.

 

If you would like to help out, please choose a reward package and pre-order your copy of the book. If you would like to really, really help out please share this fundraising campaign on your Facebook page.


Thank you.

There will be a small shipping charge added to book orders.

Rewards

Support without a reward

Pledge any amount:

$10

Five digital coloring pages.

Pledge ten dollars and receive 5 random pages from the book for you to print and color in.

ESTIMATED DELIVERY

July 2020 (But hopefully much sooner)

 

0 Backers

$15

Buy a copy of the book.

Get a first edition copy hot off the press.

ESTIMATED DELIVERY

July 2020 (But hopefully much sooner)

Plus $4 shipping

 

6 Backers

$12

Early Backer Special.

Receive a copy of the book signed by both Steve and Anthony.

ESTIMATED DELIVERY

July 2020 (But hopefully much sooner)

Plus $4 shipping

 

84 Backers

Limited (16 left of 100)

$5

Donate without a reward.

Donate five dollars because maybe you don't have young children and you're just a very nice person.

0 Backers

The stories in the book range from getting invited to a party at NASA at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida to being pulled over and told by a police officer in a little mountain town in West Virginia that "at that light back there you peeled out!"

The Book

 It will be a softcover book measuring 10" X 8" with approximately 28  illustrations.

The Author

$20

Buy a signed copy of the book

A first edition signed by both Steve and Anthony.

ESTIMATED DELIVERY

July 2020 (But hopefully much sooner)

Plus $4 shipping

 

20 Backers

$35

2 signed copies +

This reward gets you 2 signed copies of the book and 5 digital pages for you to print and color in.

ESTIMATED DELIVERY

July 2020 (But hopefully much sooner)

Plus $5 shipping

 

15 Backers

$50

3 signed copies +

This reward gets you 3 signed copies of the book and 5 digital pages for you to print and color in.

ESTIMATED DELIVERY

July 2020 (But hopefully much sooner)

Plus $5 shipping

 

9 Backers

$100

4 signed copies + +

This reward gets you 4 signed copies of the book and 5 digital pages for you to print and color in plus an honorable mention and thank you at BigBananaCar.com

ESTIMATED DELIVERY

July 2020 (But hopefully much sooner)

 

1 Backers

Name of Honorable Mention

$200

4 signed copies + + +

This reward gets you 4 signed copies of the book plus 5 digital pages for you to print and color in plus an honorable mention and thank you at BigBananaCar.com.

But even more than that, we will post your child's banana car drawings on the website and list them as a Top Banana Car fan.

 

ESTIMATED DELIVERY

July 2020 (But hopefully much sooner)

 

1 Backers

 

Limited (199 left of 200)

Name of Honorable Mention

There is not a lot to say about me really, other than I born at a very early age in the historic town of Woodstock at the southern edge of the Cotswolds in England. I have lived in the United States for over 30 years and I drive a huge banana. Which, by the way, I think is a perfectly normal thing to do. It's other people who think it's strange.

The Illustrator

I knew that I wanted to find an illustrator from within the ranks of the Big Banana Car followers on Facebook. I invited them to offer submissions and then posted those drawings online suggesting people vote for their favorite. It was a close race but the most popular illustrations were drawn by Anthony Snyder of Portage, Michigan.

 

Anthony chose an unsophisticated, cartoonlike style which is perfect for a book of this kind. His illustrations are themselves very whimsical and superbly capture the fun of driving a banana all across America.

The Coloring Pages

Some of the rewards include coloring pages for you to print out and color in.

Below are a couple of examples.

$300

Banana Car Ambassador-at-Large +++

If you pledge this amount you will receive 4 signed copies of the book, the digital coloring pages, an honorable mention at BigBananaCar.com  and your name will be listed in the first edition as a Big Banana Car Roving Ambassador-at-Large.

 

(You choose who is listed in the book)

 

ESTIMATED DELIVERY

July 2020 (But hopefully much sooner)

 

1 Backers

 

Limited (49 left of 50)

Name of Roving Ambassador

$2,000

We personally deliver 4 copies.

We come to your house in the Big Banana Car and hand deliver four signed copies of the book. and spend an afternoon giving your family and friends banana car rides.

We will regale you with many wonderful and amusing banana car stories while eating everything in your fridge.

 

Available anywhere in the lower 48.

 

ESTIMATED DELIVERY

2020 or 2021

 

0 Backers

$5,000

A week with you.

You receive 5 copies of the book and the Big Banana Car is at your disposal for a week either at your home or place of business.

 

Available anywhere in the lower 48.

 

ESTIMATED DELIVERY

2020 or 2021

 

0 Backers

$100,000

5 Copies and a car

You receive 5 copies of the book and the Mutant Brothers will build you a bespoke automobile of your choosing.

(Within reason of course)


Perhaps a carrot car, or a watermelon car.

(Not another banana car though)

 

ESTIMATED DELIVERY

2021

 

0 Backers

The totals will be updated every few days.

$10

Special for VERY early backers.

Receive a copy of the book signed by both Steve and Anthony.

ESTIMATED DELIVERY

July 2020 (But hopefully much sooner)

Plus $4 shipping

 

20 Backers

Limited (0 left of 20)

Of all the many reactions that the Big Banana Car elicits, the most delightful are those of children. Their enjoyment upon encountering something so absurd and silly is truly wonderful. Driving past a school during recess is one of the most fun things I have ever done and the single most common comment I hear from parents is "our 10-year old saw your car last week and has not stopped talking about it".

 

I had no idea as I was building the banana car how much all this would mean to me and it is what compelled me to write this book.

 

I hope you enjoy it.

 

The book will retail for $15 but if you are quick there are some great deals to be had through this campaign.

$11

Special for somewhat early backers.

Receive a copy of the book signed by both Steve and Anthony.

ESTIMATED DELIVERY

July 2020 (But hopefully much sooner)

Plus $4 shipping

 

50 Backers

Limited (0 left of 50)

Photos of the Big Banana Car.

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The Big Banana Car Children's Book.

The success of any fundraising project is totally dependent upon how much it is shared. Please consider sharing it on Facebook or email or any way you can think of. Thank you - Steve.
The success of any fundraising project is totally dependent upon how much it is shared. Please consider sharing it on Facebook or email or any way you can think of. Thank you - Steve.