Meet our new addition to the Koolamundo family. Alook the puppet! We are so excited to add this character to our puppet collection. Lynn did an amazing job of making him come to life with his funny eyes and goofy personality. Thank you my amazing creative friend.
Koolamundo had their first musical workshop in Henley, which featured our two puppets, Klara The Cow and Alook. We had a great time reading, singing, dancing and playing different musical instruments with our young audience. Fun was had by all.
Koolamundo is an exciting, magical, musical experience. With fun and friendly puppets engaging us throughout, my daughter and I found ourselves prancing, singing and doing the limbo amongst the fun games. Kimberley's lovely stories (fabulously read) allowed our imaginations to run as wild as they wanted whilst we settled down to listen in between the musical madness not to mention whilst it was going on sometimes! The fun seemed endless and with our goodie bag in hand we happily headed home feeling light as feathers! Thank you all at koolamundo for a magical adventure we won't forget! Looking forward to the next one. (Thank you so much Lucy for your lovely testimonial)
We are so excited to bring our Koolamundo family and adventures to you all. Keep a look out for Klara. As she will be visiting her first fudge experience soon. Have to make sure Alook behaves himself. :D #itsakoolworld
Two years ago, I wrote a poem about a calf that turned into an illustrated book about Klara The Cow Who knows How To Bow. Little did I know that she would be the beginning of our friendship series for toddlers and young readers.
Klara, now has a song, a read along video, dress up app, is in an animated Christmas music video and she now has her own puppet.
We recently unveiled Klara’s puppet. My friend Linda did a great job of designing her and she comes with her own designer cow bag.
I had so much fun sharing this journey with Linda through her photographs and her amazing creativity.
The cool thing is Klara can also bow on one knee when she entertains the children.
Yeah, here is the finished product. This year Klara will also have her own key rings and a backpack. Please stay tuned for Klara's adventure in Windsor and also look out for the next upcoming friendship book as she will be with her new friend Chuck The Chook.
We are proud to announce that we are starting with our new Koolamundo musical workshops. Where you will get a chance to meet Klara the cow, Alook and his fun friends. They will be sharing their wonderful adventures through stories, music, singing and dance.
Our Koolamundo team will be holding these live events several times a year both in the UK and Hong Kong with puppets, books, songs and videos. Each workshop will have its own uniqueness.
If you are in the Henley on Thames area, please come and join us on the 27th April 2017. This will give you an opportunity to meet Klara the puppet and have some fun learning the bowing dance. Her friendship story will be read by the author Kimberley Kleczka. Alook will also share his newly published book, Luna & Alook’s Magical Music Book. So put on your dancing shoes and join the Koolamundo gang for some entertainment and a whoopee time.
You will find more details on the Koolamundo.com website for this fun event. Please visit our events page, http://www.koolamundo.com/events.html #itsakoolworld
Music is an important part of the Koolamundo world. Our next Luna and Alook's book is about a magical picturesque town that our two feathered friends discover whilst on their travel adventure.
You will get to meet the likes of Wispy, who is an old wise tree and several different characters who have amazing music talent.
Luna and Alook’s Magical Music Book will be coming out in February. We will also be working on a song for the book and the story will be in other languages.
So if you would like to see a goat beating on a drum or a camel playing a gimbri you have come to the right place. Come and join us on another Koolamundo adventure.
Happy Holidays dear friends and families around the world. Yes, it is that wonderful time of the year where we get to enjoy all the yummy treats and our own delicious traditional holiday specialities. Not to forget to pull the Christmas crackers!
The Koolamundo family would like to share these special moments with you in their animated Koolamundo Christmas song. Here are a couple of verses for you all to get into the festive mood and have a sing-along with the music video below. :D
A special time for young and old,
Festive trees with flecks of gold,
Hope and spirits are a lift,
Time for love, family and gifts.
Christmas bells ring and tinkle,
Lights brightly shine and twinkle,
Baby Jesus in the manger scene,
Stealing a kiss under mistletoe green.
So sing along in the Koolamundo jingle,
Have fun with Alook and old Kris Kringle.
As they joyfully take to the sky,
Oh, such a great sight Oh my oh my oh my.
Apoorva did the animation and Johanna sang the Christmas song both in English and German. These two wonderful ladies are remarkable and I am honoured that they are part of the Koolamundo family. We have had a lot of fun with this cool project and look forward to doing more next year.
Our thoughts and love are with you all during this magical time. Enjoy your special memories with each other and have a fantastic New Years. May all your dreams come true for 2017.
What a busy fun November we have had at Koolamundo. Currently, we are working on our Christmas animated video for our Koolamundo Jingle song, which will be released next month.
Must admit it is getting me in the Holiday mood. Just need some mince pies and naughty goodies to munch on.
Our Klara the Cow app is being launched on the 22nd November with a five-day Free kindle promotion. This will be a great opportunity for you to download Klara The Cow in several languages.
Luna and Alook’s Magical Music Book is coming along nicely and that will be out on Amazon the beginning of next year. Have you ever seen a goat play a djembe?
Stay tuned to Koolamundo as we get ready for the Holiday Season. Its A Kool World!
Koolamundo has some fun news to announce! Our Klara The Cow App will be launched in November. You can all have fun putting different colour blankets on Klara at night time, as she loves to be cozy in her bed.
Then you can give her a nice wash in the morning in her special barrel. Don't forget to dry her afterwards.
Once Klara is clean, then it is time to get her dressed into some different designer cow clothes. You can create any look that you like. And you can accessorize her look with glasses, head pieces and shoes.
Once you have dressed up Klara, you can then print off your artistic picture and show your family and friends.
Whilst you are taking care of Klara, you can listen to her special song and also get a chance to sing along. The buttons are very easy to use as you can see in the illustration. We will also have instructions on how to use The Dress Up App.
Above is a brief preview of what the app looks like when you get started. Stay tuned for more exciting information about the release of our new Klara The Cow App!
Koolamundo has some fun news to announce! Our Klara The Cow App will be released in November. It has been so exciting working on our first app. You will all have a chance to wash Klara, dress her up in different clothes, change her eye color, give her a pair of fancy glasses and more.
Above is a brief preview of what the app looks like when you get started. She needs a nice bath before getting all dressed-up. Once you have created the perfect Klara The Cow, you can print it and show it to your friends and family.
Stay tuned for more exciting information about the release of our new Klara The Cow App!
Many years ago, I wanted to write a series of children’s books about travel and cultural experiences with both a story and entertainment/education feel to it. I did some research and was put off by the “I have to find a publisher first!” mentality. Since there are thousands of authors like myself trying to find publishers and agents, I decided to put that dream aside for a while and continued on working in the entertainment industry.
Once my husband and I became empty nesters, I decided to start exploring the writing world again. I was inspired while living in the romantic French countryside for six months, so I put pen to paper and “Klara The Cow Who Knows How To Bow” was born. We have a field behind our French farmhouse where beautiful French cows and their calves graze on the rolling hills. I started with a poem, that turned into a children’s picture book, then my husband suggested I create a rhyming story, which is now the final product.
My ambition to write a book became a reality and I loved working on this fun project, but what about getting the book published? Oh no, here we go again, so I took a course at the London School of Journalism and did some research on self-publishing. Wow, what an amazing and exciting world self-publishing is! We published Klara The Cow Who Knows How To Bow on May 17, 2015 and now have thirty (30) paperback and digital books in publication as of October 2016. Our core language is English, and we translate these books in up to ten (10) other languages over time. The English titles consist of:
I love the fact that I can travel the globe and be a free thinking digital nomad as an indie author. I make my own deadlines, create my own stories, work from anywhere in the world and am not put into the creative artist box. It was scary at first, when I put myself out there in front of the world, with very little guidance. But I am so thankful that I have this wonderful opportunity and platform to share my stories with children and their families through songs, books and videos.
We are almost done with our Klara The Cow Dress-up App. Children will be able to dress-up Klara in their favorite clothes, shoes, eye color, glasses, etc. and even print a nice picture of what they have created.
I wrote a Christmas song last year (always something I wanted to do) featuring Alook, which is currently in the studio (for vocals), which we hope to release in December, along with an animated music video. We are also working on Luna and Alook’s Fun Music Book and eventually we plan to release some coloring books for the younger children.
Next year we will be publishing 4-5 more books in multiple languages within both the Travel and Friendship Series. We are also excited about our merchandise line of backpacks, key rings, hats, etc. that which will be launched in 2017.
I could not have done this without the help and support of Kindle Direct Publishing, CreateSpace, and the various social media platforms. Each day I am learning something new that helps support me as an author, songwriter and artist. A year and half ago, I never would have thought that I would be publishing my own books and that they would be distributed worldwide in many languages? #itsakoolworld #PoweredByIndie
Each book has its own journey in the Koolamundo world. To create the whole package, we need to break the book down into several categories, the book, the song, the read-along video, the audio book, the app and the animated music video. Today, we are going to chat about the Koolamundo song.
First of all, mental images, colourful rhyming and meaningful words and expressions from the book are written down to start forming an idea for lyrics. Then the melody of a new song is created by playing around with chords on a keyboard. Once this flows, the written words start popping out of my head, they are broken down into verse, chorus (x2) and not too forget the bridge, which creates a break before the last chorus of the song.
Then the fun begins working with a singer that understands your lyrics and the music arrangement of the piece.
The instrumental part is recorded using a real instrument like a guitar or a saxophone or using the keyboard that can magically turn your notes into a variety of different fun instruments and fabulous sounds.
To save the sounds you need the Audio Interface to connect the microphone or the Instrument to your computer.
Then the artists singing voice is recorded whilst listening to the background song to give the Koolamundo song life... So much fun! :D It‘s best when you have a good microphone with a pop filter this will soften and help prevent the sounds while your singing with your lyrics. Taking deep breaths and also consonants can be a problem to some singers as well as the p‘s or t’s. Cannot live without this lovely black thing. :D
Finally when the song is composed you have to produce the mix-down – once you have made the song sound crisp and clean. There must be no instruments interfering with each other. One good example would be an orchestra where every instrument or sound has its own unique fingerprint. This has to be placed in the final mix.
To listen to the final mix you will need some speakers. It is important to listen carefully to your feedback, so that you can adjust everything appropriately.
The Koolamundo Song is now finished! That was so much fun! Thank you Johanna :D, Johanna has a band called His & Herstory. She sings in both German and English and plays the saxophone. And I love the fact that this wonderful talented artist goes beyond the borders. As you can hear in one of the songs that was created for our latest book, "Visit Alook's Cool Place In Outer Space." We have a lot of fun together creating genres of music while using the same lyrics. This is a cool way of teaching children about some of the different types of music in this fascinating world we live in.
Kimberley grew-up as a third culture kid; born in the UK, and then living in Africa, America, New Zealand, several European countries and currently residing in Hong Kong. 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, videos and fun puppets. Please join her on this edutainment adventure!