104% Funded


Target: €2800


€2,915 Raised


93 Funders

There's Mud Puddles Everywhere

By Mud Puddles


'There's Mud Puddles Everywhere' is my first self-published picture book. By funding you will be contributing to the expenses of getting a 36 page, hand illustrated book printed for children ages 4-8. The story is about a little boy, Simon who loves splashing in mud puddles. But when his house sinks into a giant mud puddle, what follows next is an adventure that will excite children, parents, and pigs alike.

My name is Olly Blake and I am an illustrator and storyteller. I live in Dublin working in the field of animation, doing storyboarding for children’s animation studios. My main passion is storytelling through drawing. A lot of what I do is digital and I’ve always wanted to create a product that won’t just exist somewhere on a computer. 

Just €15 will get you a copy of the book. If I reach my funding goal I will have the book printed in April, ready for the Easter holidays and will have a launch in Dublin at a disclosed location. I will send out invitations to funders when I know the venue's location. I will spend the money on the following:

  • Copies of the book printed and bound - €2,000
  • The venue for the launch party in Dublin TBD - €123 
  • Extra bits and ‘rewards’: Postcards, Art Prints, colour in pages and stickers - €677


Painted with watercolours and illustrated with dip pen and ink. This is an original Irish story that has companionship as part of it’s core themes. The story will have many twists and turns, mud monsters and pirate pigs who need help along the way. I wrote this story for parents to read to their children. I was sitting on the idea of the book for quite a while, doing draft after draft. When I attended a workshop for children's storybook making in county Donegal, that gave me the motivation to continue the book to completion.

Self publishing a children’s book is no mean feat, it requires a lot of determination. It can be difficult for most people to stay motivated and see a concept until its full completion. Thankfully, I have been encouraged by people closest to me, like my peers, family and friends.

This is a story that I hope kids and adults will read together and have a shared experience. I am inspired by the books that I grew up with, such as Sven Nordqvist, ‘the great hat hunt’ and Roald Dahl’s ‘James and the giant peach’ and many other children’s books. This is my idea of how a children’s story should be, full of fun, mud, mess and of course pirate pigs!

Thank you so much for your consideration for being a part of this project and helping me with launching my first children's picture book. I am looking forward to having my book published in April and I hope to see you at the book launch.

From Olly Blake

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UPDATE 04: We did it!

I am pleased to announce that we made it to 100%. I'm so overwhelmed by how generous people have been. It has been really encouraging to me as an illustrator, to see that people are interested the picture book. It was great to have you on board for the trip, over 90 people gave an average of 30 euros each and it took 30 days to reach a goal of 2800! But of course this isn't the end only the beginning of getting the picture book released into the world. I will be in touch with the launch party and in the mean time I'll be getting things printed!
You will still be able to get books through the fundit page, if you haven't already and if you have any queries just ask. The official end date for the fundit campaign is this friday after 3:00 pm.
Thank you I couldn't have done it without you guys!
P.S. I still haven't enough votes yet for the ART PRINTS. If you have a moment could you please pick a favourite illustration?
- Olly

UPDATE 03: Last week of the fundit campaign

Hello funders, 

You may or may not know but ART PRINTS are also a part of the funding. Each person who donates above 80 will recieve an art print, which they can frame and put on a kitchen wall. Two options will be available. If you have already funded and would like an art print, just add the extra amount to 80.

I am now conducting a Poll to determine which two Illustrations will be available at this link:


When the poll has ended I will announce on facebook the result


This news update is also letting you know that this is now the final week for funding 'There's Mud Puddles Everywhere. I want to say thank you again for your patreonage and for being involved in this project to get the book printed. 



UPDATE 02: The first book has arrived for final checks!

Hello funders and patrons of Mud Puddles. For contributing to the project you will be given important news and project milestones first. And today I have got for you a very big milestone!! This is the first printed copy of the book, also known as the proof. This is what many months of work looks like :)

Just so you know I am very happy with how it turned out. The printing has gone very well and there are no problems with registration. There are a few minor tweaks to artwork that I will be making to make everything just right on the page. This is the first time I've seen it printed. The book is currently perfect bound/soft bound. If I were to get a little extra than the goal then I'd put money towards getting copies hard back.

UPDATE 01: Reached half of my goal and have some sample prints

Hi everyone, this is a message to the funders for this project. I am currently a week into the fundit campaign and already OVER half way! This is more than I expected, since I still have another 3-4 weeks to go. I want to say a very big THANKS to everyone who has helped me this far. 

I would like to keep the momentum going, so if you know anyone with kids who would like a book to read to them around Eastertime, please mention to them to go on fundit and look for There's Mud Puddles everywhere. The project currently is on the main page.


On with the first UPDATE! I have some sample pages to share with you. I got these printed to see how the colours would work on 2 types of stock paper. One is pure white and the other is a recycled paper that has a little texture and colour to it. I think I prefer the latter as it has a nice warm tone to it, similar to watercolour paper. Hope that I can get something like this in the final book.

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There are 88 public funders of this project

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