HUNTINGTON, Ind. — Scratch and sniff “Animal Gas” — sounds like a
bestseller, right? Well, that’s what Huntington University Professor
Bryan Ballinger is hoping for with his next project.
“Animal Gas” is a book of animal stories that each have their own disSTINK personalities.
started working on ‘Animal Gas’ almost exactly three years ago. I’ve
been working on it off and on since, and now, it’s finally done,” said
Ballinger, an associate professor of digital media arts.
“I’m interested in the subject of people trying to be what they’re not
and trying to cover up what they think are imperfections. The book deals
with this in a fun way with gassy animals.”
Ballinger hopes to
release the book in November, but is trying to raise the funds to
publish it himself. He is about $15,000 shy of his Aug. 8 goal.
a picture book is not cheap to begin with, but it’s even more expensive
for scratch and sniff books,” he said. “I've found a company that
specializes in scented printing and they do incredible work. I really
think it’s worth it. Their Rub4Scent technology is of a very high
quality and makes the book much more interactive and fun.”
The book features some delightful smells and some really funny bad smells. It’s fun for the whole family, Ballinger says.
Gas’ is also a great book for reluctant readers. The funny smells and
the silly rhyming verses will have both children and adults giggling as
they read and sniff,” he said. “I previewed ‘Animal Gas’ at Irwin
Elementary in Fort Wayne and both the kids and the teachers were roaring
“Animal Gas” will be available in print, iBook and ePublication formats.
Visit www.kickstarter.com/projects/1862060792/animal-gas-a-scratch-and-sniff-picture-book to learn more about the project.