Jo Kemp is a British author who primarily writes 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.
a fully-fledged member of the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain
Jo is completing the first in a sci-fi fantasy trilogy entitled ‘The Hourglass’ for publication in 2019.
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, Premier, 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.
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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 were 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 avaible in multiple formats and in multiple languages.
Crowdfunding was felt a viable option for raising capital and so rather than suffer the loss of editorial control they had the combined knowledge and expertise to produce/market the project themselves and utilising KickStarter gain some support. This first attempt failed and we have learned Patron is a better platform for us.
Because we failed in achieving our start up capital needed to buy new equipment, Luke funded the money and has worked for over a year, developing the BoodleBobs. From his findings Luke has since broken down our family friendly content into three categories with a view to appealing to a broader age demographic.
STORIES (Children 3yrs to 9yrs) - All stories will be available as free downloads in multiple languages .
SKETCHES (8yrs and up) - Comedy sketches, announcements, reviews. Sketches for us an opportunity to engage with the community, collaborate, explore interesting topics and develop characters further.
SONGS (All) - Following Rogers decision to break up the BoodleBob band and his threat to follow a solo career with an independent label, we have reluctantly agreed to his terms of producing music mostly for adults.
Luke has taken the decision to move the BoodleBobs into a sponsorship based model and has moved our files to Patron since this will give people an opportunity to easily support the BoodleBobs. Patreon also offers the advantages of removing any file storage / bandwidth quotas, which on a busy traffic day would kill off our server with an unanticipated volume of requests for downloads.
Each new $6.00 'Book Worm' Patron will enable us to complete a story in an additional language. This includes the subtitles in the animated version as well as a new launguage specific version of the book. You support means 10,000's of children will benefit with each new translation.
Our next major YouTube milestone which we should achieve over the next 6 months are 250,000 views and 5000 subscribers. There are benefits of becoming a Patron as your details / url can be seen in the following places.
Find out more and become book patron www.patreon.com/boodlebobs
**Each new patron will enable us to complete a translated version of the book and put in place video sub titles. You patronage counts!
Twenty Six Books Have Been Written. One for each letter of the alphabet. Twenty Six patrons are sought for each of these 26 stories.
About creators, Jo, Luke Kemp & musician Roger.