THE FIRST STORIES WERE PUBLISHED IN 1980
IS TRADITIONAL STORYTELLING DEAD IN THE WATER? Children’s author Jo Kemp believes not. When she wrote the original scripts for Chorlton and the Wheelies and Jamie and the Magic Torch in the late 70’s she adopted a gentle, narrative style with little regard for political correctness and both series attracted a cult following. She continued in this style when she wrote Boodle Books published by Thurman who was responsible for Mr Men.
Fast and furious programmes then took the market and the more traditional approach to storytelling took a back seat other than timeless classics and well-marketed formulaic concepts but there was a need for something different.
Boodle Books had a temporary reprise when they were re-launched as Hoo Ha House but the time and circumstances still weren’t right. Together with the Writers’ Guild, Jo reclaimed the rights along with some 23,000 residual books which she distributed at her own cost-free of charge to local schools, hospitals and Barnados.
At her son Luke’s insistence, due to his belief in the stories he’d grown up with, he convinced Jo not to leave it there and that the best vehicle to get the stories out would be via the Internet, with the premise of being available in multiple formats and in multiple languages. Because of COPPA, it is unlikely we will make any more YouTube cartoons for children, instead we will focus on audiobook stories and books for reading online and printing
In the new year (2020) because of COPPA, we will be renaming our YouTube channel since we wish to retain our ability to monetise our work. Future videos posted to this channel will be for maturer audiences, the existing stories we have on the channel, because they are specifically for children under the age of 13, have been marked as such and will likely be undiscoverable.
THIS SITES CONTENT CREATORS
Jo Kemp is a British author, and a fully-fledged member of the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain, who started her career writing children’s fiction. She became known for writing the first series of ‘Chorlton and the Wheelies’ and ‘Jamie and the Magic Torch’ for Cosgrove Hall Films.
She went on to write ‘Boodle Books’ (published by Thurman of Mr. Men’ fame) before setting up her own production company which produced the popular children’s TV series ‘The Raggy Dolls’ as well as countless TV commercials and brand films over 25 years.
Jo is completing the first in a sci-fi fantasy trilogy entitled ‘The Hourglass’. For a much older audience, this book is due for publication in 2020.
Luke Kemp, Director, Animator & Editor is a Digital professional in his own right. Being a devoted fan of the concept and stories since his childhood has embarked on using Motion Graphics and Animation to bring each of the stories to life with no compromise to creativity.
BoodleBobs was made using the full suite of Adobe CC applications including, Illustrator, Character Animator, After Effects, Audition, Premiere, Photoshop and Media Encoder.
CMS web design including DRUPAL and WORDPRESS. Web Hosting, Design & SEO Web solutions. Luke works with SEO content creation agency 'SEO-Hampshire' www.seo-hampshire.com on new builds.
Roger is the Sudanem for our male musical talent. He describes himself as a lover, creator, philanthropists, artist, intellectual thinker, patron of the arts, the voice of a generation, athlete, role model and inspiration to people worldwide………..
If you look under this dictionary under “Legend”, it says “Roger!” I could go on but I have more important things to do.
You can buy #PLIM, Perfect Love Is Me on the CD Baby website, or stream it by saying Alexa, play Perfect Love Is Me.
Mona Soorma. As well as translating the children's stories, Mona can also be credited with translating the stories directly on youtube and the entire BoodleBobs website.
Without her dedication and attention to detail, the Hindi version of this site would not have been possible. She is a legend
Mona writes her own poetry and blog under the name of Manic Sylph, which is an air-fairy, an intangible wisp who loves to plant stars in everyone's night sky.
Read more on Mona's page
Our website is still undergoing a lot of changes, we have improved accessibility to the stories by making them available to download as audiobook podcast and picture books. The individual characters now form a central feature of the site and we will be expanding upon their pages with additional content in the form of print out activities, embeddable gifs and so on.
Following a hard drive failure, our PLlM project was put back and we still have a few versions still to make. The release of more bedtime stories is a priority too and we will now make them available as an audiobook podcast first since this will create a timeline for the animation and translations
Finally, the Hindi version of the site is due to go live soon. Once finalised, we will have the working template in place to implement Spanish, Arabic and Chinese versions of the site. We have a lot to do and appreciate your time.
ENJOY OUR FREE STORIES?
Every cent in the tips jar will be put towards creating more bedtime stories for children.
BUY PERFECT LOVE IS ME SONG ($0.90)
If you buy Rogers Perfect Love Is Me Song on CD BABY we receive the maximum commission.
In total 5 versions of the song available on most online retail sites.
Patreon is our monthly subscription service partner. Which we hope will facilitate a regular budget for new content.
26 Patrons for each of the 26 books
As part of an experiment into creating backlinks from various sources, we entered a longer 'test version' of #PLIM into a handful of film festivals. This version was a combination of the main 'PLIM' song and the Roger backstory cartoon titled 'The 9 Characteristics of NPD', personally we not overly keen on this cut as is far too long and laboured.
Imagine our surprise when we received award laurels!
Propelled by this success, we have submitted our preferred shorter version to a few more animation festivals.
SEEKING FAMILY-FRIENDLY PARTNERS FOR SPONSORSHIP
How much is your CPC (Cost Per Click)? With a BoodleBobs bedtime story sponsorship, we re-upload our media with a new opener and ending, this applies to videos, audiobooks and podcast, for youtube promotion would include info cards and end screens. We can even create a new animation. Sponsorship of this type also includes brand placement in the 'free to download picture books' and also within the relevant sections of the BoodleBobs website.
We will promote your brand with the stories, your cost per click will be drastically reduced, Contact Luke
SHARE TO SOCIAL NETWORKS
Use The Addthis buttons to share a page on BoodleBobs
Located to the left or footer, shares to social networks boost page rankings in Google
CONTRIBUTE WITH TRANSLATIONS
Translations are performed directly on YouTube
It's really easy and in doing so, it matches the timeline to the scenes
DON'T FORGET TO HIT THE BELL
Subscribe to the BoodleBobs on YouTube
Its the home for all our cartoons, podcast and audiobooks, new content is posted there first.
Super Grow! Embed one of our gifs into your website or blog. We will be expanding our content and adding gifs to the individual character pages over the next couple. A friend suggested making gifs available would be a really cool feature for his kids.
This feature is a good idea for us too! By embedding one of our gifs on your website or blog, this creates a backlink from your site to ours, which helps improve our google rating.
Here is our very fist gif embed. Copy the code snippet, Then in your blog's html editor click 'source' to access the code and then paste in. You can then click back to your normal editor's view.
We would love to hear what you think. Who is your favourite character, or just to say hi? Comments are a new feature and everything has to be family-friendly moderated so sometime's there will be a delay in approval. We will get better at this and it will be nice to say hello back.