It has been a busy 90 days or so, but Koolamundo is back in action. In November I attended the wedding of my lovely illustrator Apoorva, in New Delhi, India. This was an experience of a lifetime! What a beautiful bride. I was honored to be included in the ceremony of this artistic tradition. Where Henna is painted on the hands to celebrate the wonderful partnership of the gorgeous bride to be. How fun!
After the wedding, Apoorva took a few months off to get settled-into her new household and I was busy packing-up our residence and moving to the United Kingdom. We are back at it and are about two-thirds of the way through my next book Alook's Cool Place in Outer Space.
We are having such a fun time with this spacey project, here is a sneak peak of how the book is coming together.
Stay tuned for our upcoming new book, video and audio book for Alook's Cool Place in Outer Space! Bye for now!
We are excited to announce that Alook's Dance in France is now available in paperback and Kindle, in three languages. For more details or to purchase a book, please click on the book covers below. We appreciate your support and books make great gifts for the upcoming holidays.
Click on Alook enjoying the sun above to watch the new, fun read-along video and my Magic Carpet Ride...but make sure you are holding on. If you have not heard our fun, upbeat Koolamundo song, click on the Koolamundo Adventure and off you go!
I have always wanted to write a Christmas song, so I did! My wonderful producer and singer Carol Matthews and her musical elves are busy putting the words to music as I write and we look forward to sharing the "Koolamundo Jingle" with all of our friends, family and Koolamundo members as our little Christmas pressie to you!
Stay Kool and much love from the Koolamundo HQ!
This is Kimberley here to provide a cool update on all the happenings at Koolamundo HQ!
Alook’s Dance in France has been sent off to press and we will be announcing the official launch date soon. We are so excited to share Alook’s travel adventures with you. Once again, our illustrator Apoorva has gone above and beyond to deliver 40+ pages of colorful and detailed illustrations. Here are a few examples.
And we have some more fun news! We are in the final stages of illustrating Luna and Alook’s Funny Food Book, we should have the final three pages next week. Alook is tasting all kinds of fun food as he and Luna travel around the world. Alook can be quite a messy eater as you will see in the book. We are so close to having our third book completed that we may just launch these two at the same time. Here is a sneak peek of Luna and Alook’s culinary adventures.
The last bit of news for today is that we have released two new soundtracks. The first one is a German version of Klara the Cow produced and sung by Johanna Hathner. You can listen to the new German version by going to the Sing-along tab and scrolling down.
The second soundtrack is a song I wrote for Luna and Alook’s Funny Food Book. My good friend Johanna produced this song to a fun, jazzy beat and sang it beautifully. Get all jazzed-up by clicking on the link below. Imagine it playing during Luna and Alook's dinner party below.
Have fun, keep smiling and remember, It's A Kool World out there!
There is an awful lot going on at Koolamundo HQ!
Let’s start with our Amazon Kindle Free promotion for Klara The Cow Who Knows How To Bow. Klara is available in ten languages in paperback and seven languages on Kindle. Unfortunately, Kindle does not accept the Hindi, Chinese or Japanese language characters.
Please mark your calendars for September 14-17, 2015 or you can go to our "Author Page" on Amazon and add Klara the Cow to your wish list. You can also go to our “Books” page and click on any of the book covers.
The next bit of exciting news! We just released the Japanese and Brazilian Portuguese versions of Klara the Cow and we retired our previous German version “Klara Die Kuh Die Weiß Wie Man Sich Verbeugt“ and replaced it with our new rhyming version, “Klara die Kuh zeigt, wie man sich verneigt”. I would like to thank my good friend Johanna Hattner for making the new German rhyming version possible!
I am thrilled to share a glimpse of our newest book, “Luna and Look’s Funny Food Book” which is currently being illustrated. I have to say that this is my personal favorite cover so far! In this book, Luna and Alook go on a journey through the worlds cuisines. Some healthy, some not, some naughty and some nice! We are looking at a November release.
Lastly, please be on the look-out for Alook’s Dance in France in print and on Kindle October 12, 2015. We just finished the read-along video and I think the team did an incredible job putting this together. The video will be available on our YouTube Channel until October 12th, 2015, so please take a look below when you have a moment. I would love your thoughts please. Here we go!
Greetings from Koolmundo Headquarters,
The feathers are flying all around the office as we prepare for the launch of our next Koolamundo adventure, “Alook’s Dance in France”. Our crazy, fun loving, little bit quirky bird named Alook is a global traveler and he has embarked on a journey around the world to entertain and delight all of our wonderful children. We are looking forward to a September launch!
Our illustrator Apoorva is going above and beyond to create very colorful and entertaining illustrations from her magic work shop in Kolkata, India! Did you know that every spring in India people cover themselves in different colored powder, throw flower pedals and lite bonfires to celebrate the Holi Festival also known as the Festival of Colors? You can see some beautiful illustrations of the 2015 festival here.
India is rich in color and festivals and I am sure this is what helps inspire our wonderful Apoorva to use all of the wonderful colors in her illustrations. Here are a few examples.
Finally, I would like to introduce you to Alook’s Dance in France by way of our new book trailer. Enjoy and we look forward to sharing Alook and his adventures in up to 10 languages.
You can watch the short trailer by clicking here or on any of the illustrations above. Share your thoughts, we would love to hear from you!
So there I was, sitting on my couch in farmer Rale’s field and who do you think came to pay me a visit? Yes, my special friend Klara the cow. If her hoofs were a little cleaner, I would have let her cuddle with me on the couch.
This journey started many years ago in my mind, but on July 7th, 2015, Koolamundo will deliver to the world what we are calling the “Whole Package”. Klara the Cow Who Knows How To Bow is much more than a book. When the book is purchased (digital or printed versions), the buyer will be able to download the rest of the package for FREE which includes:
· Sing-along eBook
· Sing-along Soundtrack
· Instrumental Only Soundtrack
· Audio Book
· Read-along Video
Koolamundo is an Edutainment company, not just a publisher of children’s books. Reading a book with a child is a lot of fun, but we want to enhance the learning and educational aspects by sprinkling in a little fun!
In addition to all the FREE stuff, we have resources for teachers that can be used in classrooms, nursery schools, libraries and even home schooling.
If you want to learn a new language, we can also help. Klara the Cow Who Knows How to Bow will be printed in these 8 languages English, German, French, Dutch, Spanish, Italian, Hindi, and Simplified Chinese. The Kindle version will include English, German, French, Dutch, Spanish, Italian, but due to the special characters, Kindle does not accept Hindi and Simplified Chinese. All FREE downloads are in English only at this point.
In the coming 6-12 months we will be releasing additional books as part of the “Friendship Series”. What we are really excited about is that some of our characters will be coming to life through animation, so I may just be bowing with Klara one day soon.
Please check the Koolamundo website often for new and fun stuff. In fact, if you go to our home page and click on the “Free Newsletter” button, we will make sure we keep you up to date with all the happenings at Koolamundo.
Drum roll please ………for July 7th.
My lovely hubby was ordering a proof copy for my new Klara The Cow children’s book, but instead of hitting the "order proof" button, he mistakenly hit approve and publish!
Therefore, we are happy and excited to announce that ” Klara The Cow Who Knows How To Bow,” will be available for purchase in the next three to five days on Amazon.com. We were hoping to have all 5 languages published simultaneously before we hit that magic "publish" key, but the foreign language versions of Klara The Cow will be released in the coming weeks!
Note to file, after you fly 5,000 miles across the Atlantic, it may be better to take a nap than log-in to your computer and try to conduct serious business.
All the best from Team Koolamundo!
Kimberley grew-up as a third culture kid; born in the UK, and then living in Africa, America, New Zealand and several European countries. She is on a journey to educate and entertain our children and youth about the Kool world we live in through her books, audio books, sing-a-long books and videos. Please join us on this edutainment adventure!