Outer Space Balloon

A richly illustrated children's book based on a song called "Outer Space Balloon"

 
 

We are seeking A publisher

Deborah Pardes and Shelley Cassidy have teamed up to create a children's book (ages 3-6) that follows the journey of a RED, a bold and brilliant little girl, as she visits the moon in her home-made Outer Space Balloon.

Based on the lyrics of a time-tested song by the same name, the manuscript of the book is in simple rhyme. Through a QR code, readers will be directed to listen to the song streaming online. An up-sell will enable download of the song, as well an option to receive a few branded balloons in the mail.

Here's the song they'll hear - please use headphones, as this draft is not mixed for computer speakers.

Let's Launch this Balloon Together...

We have ideas for this little book that will make it a big bang. Thank you for considering this project. We are looking forward to scheming with you.

BIOS:

 

Deborah Pardes - writer / Composer

Deborah Pardes has thrived as a writer, teacher and producer for over 3 decades. She uses art and technology to enliven the experience of traditional storytelling, and has served as content strategist and senior writer for clients including Warner Brothers, Sony, AMD and Apple and Hyland’s Homeopathic. The founder of Artists for Literacy and The Literature Remix Project, Deborah has produced literary events, concerts and multi-national music competitions. She has taught workshops at San Francisco School of the Arts, Marlborough Prep School in Los Angeles, Lawndale Environmental Charter HS, and numerous teacher workshops through the State Library and the Catalyst Series.  Her work has engaged artists such as Bruce Springsteen, David Bowie, Tom Waits and Suzanne Vega and has been covered by NPR, New York Times, and RollingStone.  She’s a music composer and producer, with 8 CDs to her name. She is the coauthor of Climbing Out for Under: A Handbook For Heartbreak, available on Amazon and at Barnes & Noble. Deborah is a graduate of Barnard College of Columbia University and of The Johns Hopkins Writing Seminars Program. Deborah’s lived in New York, San Francisco and currently lives in Los Angeles.

 

Shelley Cassidy - Painter / Illustrator

Shelley Cassidy was born and educated in the United Kingdom. Her passion for visual storytelling began in the fashion industry, where she was a textile designer for children’s clothing. She soon found her voice as a muralist – a canvas a bit larger than a baby’s t-shirt.  Her murals can be seen in Los Angeles, London, New York, Paris, Dubai and South Africa. Her US clients include LAX (2 murals), Gladstone’s and Trader Joes. Culver City commissioned Shelley to create a 100-foot mural for their city, where she directed and collaborated with a team of 20 Sony employees.  Her proudest achievement continues to be her work with children on the spectrum and the elderly, to whom she literally brings new color and life into their worlds.  She also treasures her time when she studied oils with legendary Evans Webb, who ran Paramount Picture’s scenic department for 20 years.

Shelley currently lives between Los Angeles and London. Her new work focuses on vibrant life scenes, using watercolors with inks. Her solo exhibitions include Fairfax Gallery in Chelsea, London.

Shelley's Portfolio

Lyrics / Manuscript

nobody knows how lonely it gets for the man on the moon
imagine how cold and dark it gets - I better rescue him real soon!

mr. mr. man on the moon - I hope you're listening to this tune
mr. mr. man on the moon - I'm coming up there to get you
In my outer space balloon, In my outer space balloon

i pack my bags with space food and my big bad gravity shoes
I leave a note on my bathroom door to tell my folks to the news

I'm ready for the final launch and the wind begins to blow
the earth is rolling far away from me but then I see a face I know Hey!

mr. mr. man on the moon - I hope you've been listening to this tune
mr. mr. man on the moon - I've come all the way up here
In my outer space balloon, In my outer space balloon

and the moon says

Hello! Good to see you! You little luna-tic
I've never met somebody quite like you - what is it that you seek?

Well sir, won't you come with me - come down from the nighttime sky
the earth is filled with lots of people all wanting to say hi! Oh!

mr. mr. man on the moon - you're lonely days will be over soon
mr. mr. man on the moon - come to earth with me
In my outer space balloon, In my outer space balloon

and the moon says

What makes you think I'm so lonely - I love the life up here
besides your earth was not meant for people like me- it's got such a different atmosphere

But mr. mr. man on the moon - I thought for sure you heard my tune
mr. mr. man on the moon - I came all the way up here
In my outer space balloon, In my outer space balloon, in my outer space balloon

he just answers me with a smile and a wink that I now understand
life is better than I used to think up on the lunar land! Oh!

mr. mr. man on the moon - I hope you're listening to this tune
mr. mr. man on the moon - I'll visit you real soon
In my outer space balloon, In my outer space balloon, in my outer space balloon!