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iREAD Kika virtual book tour

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Kika the Upside-Down Girl just keeps on giving!  Up next on our fliptastic journey is a virtual book tour with iREAD  June 1 – 12. It’s an amazing tour schedule lined up and we can’t wait to start!  And there are free giveaways too – follow us on the iREAD page to see where we’re at!

Join Kika & Jessica’s Fliptastic Fall!

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KIKA the Upside-Down Girl – we are going to have a fliptastic fall!

So many great events coming up and I’m so honoured to be part of them – as a speaker, presenter, fan, panel guest and all around creative innovator. Please consider joining in the fun  – these events are sure to ignite, inspire and empower you to make the world a more creative, active and healthy place!  btw – the new book cover pictured above is pretty fun isn’t it?

Fall highlights below:

Why Living Upside Down is Fliptastic!

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“Kids like me, just wanna be free, upside down, you and me!”This tune, Kika the Upside Down Girl’s theme song, is central to the story of an adventurous girl who loves living upside down in a right side up world.

Geared to 4-10 year olds, with a message that transcends age, Kika the Upside Down Girl is an entertaining and empowering story that will inspire kids to explore their unique interests, despite the pressure they may feel to conform. Some incredible upside down adventures and heartfelt explorations at home, school, outside and in a “fliptastic place” are shown in vibrant and quirky detail in this 32-page hardcover picture book.

As an Olympian, educator & Mom, I created this story to Continue reading

PRE-ORDER Kika the Upside Down Girl!

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CLICK HERE for KIKA’S ONLINE PUBLISHING CAMPAIGN Running Sept. 30 – Oct. 30

Kika the Upside Down Girl is a fun & inspiring kids story about a girl who loves living life upside down, despite the pressure to remain right side up, like everyone else. She perseveres and finds true happiness in a most fliptastic place – the Gymnastics Emporium!

As an Olympic gymnast, edupreneur and Mom, I want to inspire kids (and the grown ups who read Kika!), to fully explore the ups, downs & upside downs of their interests and choices. Overcoming challenges and uncertainty to carve a meaningful life path continue in my life, and my hope is that Kika’s story will inspire readers to keep turning their worlds upside down in order to find fulfillment and joy in theirs.

Together, let’s empower kids to be all that they can be – whatever direction they choose!
1. Visit KIKA’s KICKSTARTER ONLINE CAMPAIGN PAGE – learn more about the project and help realize its publication through pre sales; your support is most appreciated!
2. Share the campaign link with your network – the book makes a great holiday gift…
3. Send us your upside down photos by email and use hashtag #kikaupsidedown on all social media to see your images immediately at www.jessicatudos.com/snapwidget/

Kika is Looking Swingazing & Fliptastic!

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With a month to go until we launch our KICKSTARTER FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN to self-publish  the story, I am so happy to see Kika coming to life in full colour!  Have really enjoyed collaborating with Mike Motz on the imagery aspect, and am mindful of our upside down journey from idea to reality getting the illustrations done!  Kika’s sheer joy is captured so well here, however, for anyone who knows about gymnastics, closed eyes on vault is a bit scary!

An upside down journey to draw Kika

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Chronicled below are some of the ups, downs and upside downs of transforming Kika – the idea in my head – into an illustrative reality.

This is Kika. She is being co-created and transformed as we speak. I am hoping her zest for life, adventurous spirit and spunk come through here. Next pictures to be upside down – promise!

In deciding to self-publish Kika the Upside Down Girl, I had some immediate questions about the illustrations: How does one bring to life a character inside your head? What will she look like and wear? What are her dimensions? What feelings will come up when you see her? Is she the Kika I am imagining? Continue reading