Chicago Artist Launches Kickstarter Campaign to Fund App for Popular Christmas Storybook and Accompanying Hand-Painted Ornaments

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A treasured tradition every family will look forward to year after year An Ornaments' Tale is different than any other Christmas storybook— it’s a tradition your family will enjoy for many years to come. Can you imagine snuggling into a comfortable blanket with your little ones, and discovering the magic of Christmas spirit as Percy, Stanley, Fiona and the rest of the crew head out on a wild adventure?

“Wouldn’t It Be Wonderful If You Could Build Lasting Christmas Traditions Your Children Would Remember
For Years To Come…”

Chet Spiewak believes in the inspiration of Christmas year-round. The self-taught artist is in the midst of an ambitious Kickstarter project to raise funds for an app based on his acclaimed book, An Ornament’s Tale..

An Ornament’s Tale is especially unique because the buyer also can receive actual hand-painted Christmas ornaments that are featured characters in the enchanting book. The ornaments were introduced and paired with the book in December 2012.

Now, Spiewak, a Chicago resident, wants to enhance the depth and texture of illustrations in creating the app, which will also have interactive features and animation.

An Ornament’s Tale follows a group of Christmas ornaments in search of their holiday tree. Currently three of the ornament characters are available as a collection for families to hang on their trees after reading the story. A successful crowd funding campaign would allow Spiewak to create ornaments for the rest of the book’s characters.

Spiewak said that the app will combine a digital tablet device with real objects—the ornaments.

“It takes advantage of the digital realm and transforms it into the real world when kids actually hang the character ornament from the storybook,” he said. “This is completely different than other storybook apps.”

For as little as $2 or up to $75 or more, those who pledge funds to the Kickstarter campaign can receive the free app when it is released, a hardcover edition of the first printing of the book, the book with ornaments, an autographed hardcover book and more.

Spiewak is the author and illustrator of other books, including Vinny the Bug Man Graphic Novel Adventure. Learn more at:

Learn more about An Ornament’s Tale at The Kickstarter campaign is going until Jan. 17 and can be found at:

About Chet Spiewak

Chicago resident Chet Spiewak is a self-taught artist who develops graphic novels and storybooks, self-publishing them as part of his multimedia company, CWS Studios. He uses computer-generated illustration software to create his graphic novels, which include the Vinny the Bug Man series. For more information, visit

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