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Thursday, June 11, 2015

Kika the Upside-Down Girl - Review and Author Takeover

Book Description:

Kika always seems to accomplish things differently than others and tends to get into trouble for it. She reminds us that choosing to be different is more than okay, and finding others to join in her upside down adventures makes her heart feel huge - especially when it involves somersaults, vaults, flips and kips! Join Kika, a girl who loves living upside down in a right side up world, on her unique journey to a fliptastic world! Kika reminds us that choosing to be different is more than okay, and finding others to join in her upside down adventures feels fliptastic - especially when it involves somersaults, vaults, flips and kips in the Gymnastics Emporium!

Where to buy the book:

My Thoughts:

What a wonderful book !

Kika is a typical little girl, who sees the world from a different perspective, and like many of us who like something a little different, she gets into trouble. 

This story has a great message for readers, 'it is OK to be different', and the author does a fantastic job getting the message across.  

Full of amazing, bright and vivid illustrations, this book will appeal to the young and the young at heart.

Pinky's Rating (out of 5): 5 dragonflies

Author's Bio:

Olympic gymnast turned author, motivational speaker and experiential educator Jessica Tudos ( is on a mission to empower kids, youth and adults to develop the confidence and resiliency required to lead active, healthy and creative lives. In organizations around the world, Jessica empowers audiences through engaging stories, insights & reflections drawn from her upside down life, including her Olympic gymnastics adventures. Jessica is a sought after speaker, facilitator and professor in experiential education, physical literacy, leadership & elite sports.

Connect with Jessica:  Website  ~   Twitter  ~   Facebook

Guest Post

Building Community Through Crowdfunding by Jessica Tudos

Publishing a book opened up my eyes to the wonderful world of crowdfunding and the power of the community to drive creative projects. When I was thinking about how to get my story out of my head and into book form, I thought that by sending our my query a “traditional” publisher would say, “Wow Jessica, this is a great story and we will do what it takes to get it out into the world” but alas, that did not happen. After a bit of sulking and thinking it would too hard to actually pay for and publish a book, I came across a Kickstarter video campaign that needed funding to get off the ground. Realizing it’s potential to inspire people, I immediately backed theproject online and realized that crowdfunding could be the way to self-publish my book.

I started looking at kids book authors who successfully raised sufficient funds to pay for the illustration, design, printing, distribution and marketing of their books. I started to believe this was indeed the way forward. After agreeing to be my “crowdfunding coaches”, the two women behind that initial campaign, motivated me to create an authentic and compelling campaign. With 5 months to prepare, we got to work on creating a pitch video, finalizing a few illustrations, coordinating unique rewards, and building up my online community. Once ready, we had 30 days to raise at least $10K, as kickstarter is an all-or-nothing proposition. 

The campaign ( was a success, raising over $11K with 168 backers and funds available to print 100 books. I was thrilled, and exhausted, with the campaign demanding so much of oneself. The community that formed around Kika the Upside-Down Girl was amazing, a mix of people I knew and newcomers to the world of Kika. Feeling so, so grateful for their support, I got to work producing the first 1000 hard cover books. Having control over the project was a huge plus, even though at times I felt completely overwhelmed by the amount of work it took to keep my interactive campaign running. I am forever grateful to everyone who supported my vision and to kickstarter for allowing the dream to materialize. For more on Kika’s successful campaign, see

With the success of Kika’s crowdfunding campaign, I was able to produce a beautiful high- quality picture book, which led to its acquisition by Domnizelles Publishing Inc. in 2014 so all has turned out well and we’re excited to see Kika the Upside-Down Girl’s fliptastic journey continue!

Jessica Tudos is an Olympian turned educator, motivational speaker, author and creative Toronto-based mother whose mission is to empower upside-down ninjas everywhere to be more confident and resilient so they can lead active, healthy & creative lives.



  1. Thanks for the FLIPTASTIC review Sharon! SPOILER ALERT: Other handstanding words included in this somersaultilicious story!

    Kika fans can also send their #upsidedown photos to for inclusion in our online international upside-down gallery at:

  2. My summer babe loved this book so much. If I win, will send to a friend's little girl that live overseas.