I am currently engaged in a long-term effort to author and self-publish a series of twelve 32-page children's picture books (ebooks and print). My freelance illustrator has delivered the completed illustrations for book #1 of the series and I want to mix them with audio narration to produce a video file to use as a marketing tool to push the entire book series effort along. I.e. the resultant video file will give a glimpse as to what a completed book could look and sound like.
The first narration project of this effort would be to simply narrate the first book. The narration should be delivered to me as a set of 13 short audio files for 1) the book cover and 2) twelve short 5-line poems, written as limericks.
I am envisioning an upbeat, lively, expressive, and engaging voice without being cartoonish or too terribly 'absurd'. The verses are written to be somewhat silly, so there is some leeway there. Have fun with it, but please don't color too far outside the lines!
I am presently looking for both male and female American voices, with no easily discernible regional accent. I may choose just one narrator, or perhaps choose both a male and a female voice, as I might alternate the male and female voices with every other page/verse of the book if the two voices work well together.
Please submit you auditions by narrating the following content taken from the beginning book #1 (the cover and the first 5 verses)...
"Zeus the Moose
Written by Rod Thomas
Illustrated by Brian Martin
Zeus was a moose who got loose,
While the zookeeper was chasing a goose.
When it started to rain,
Zeus boarded a train,
And hid in the bright red caboose.
When the train arrived at the next station,
Zeus heard unexpected elation.
With the circus onboard,
The crowd outside roared!
It was quite a bedazzling sensation!
Zeus was led in to a big tent
By a tuxedo-clad elderly gent.
He told Zeus to dance.
Zeus gave a strange glance,
For he knew not what the gent meant.
In an instant Zeus understood well.
It was suddenly as clear as a bell.
Though it was a strange fact,
He was now the new act
In the circus he’d joined on the rail.
Though the old gent had told him to dance,
Zeus knew he must take a big chance.
So, he walked the high wires,
And juggled three tires,
While reading a book on romance."
As a reminder, a limerick has an "AABBA" rhyming pattern where the first, second and fifth lines rhyme with each other... and the third and fourth lines rhyme with each other. You will often bear a very brief pause between lines two and three and between lines four and five, which could be described as "AA-BB-A" where the "-" characters represent the brief pauses. The text will be spread across the pages in "AA" then "BB" then "A" format, so the pauses will match the text layout when combined.
As this book series project continues, the successful narrator(s) for this first project would be the likely narrator(s) for the complete 12-book series, which would entail 12 book covers, 144 5-line poems (limericks) and miscellaneous other text (i.e. book dedications, copyright notices, etc.). I.e. I would love to find the right narrator(s) here and build a long-term business relationship for narration of the complete series of eBooks.
I look forward to hearing your auditions and eventually working with one or more of you on this fun journey of mine!