Kickstarter: Lao Children’s Book: Xieng Mieng Adventures

This is an update on the project, if you have not made a pledge you still have time, February 28, 2013 will be the last day.  Most people think of a pledge as giving or donating monies, but in this case you are preordering the book through  Once you make a pledge, choose your reward and it will direct you to for payment of your order. Here is the link to check out the different level of rewards.


Original posted on 2/12/2013: When Lee was little, she loved for me to read her the Lao Folktales and Xieng Mieng was one of her favorite stories.  I’ve been following Nor Sanavongsay’s work for a while and was happy to hear that he is publishing Lao Children’s Book.

Kickstarter: Lao Children’s Book: Xieng Mieng Adventures

If you are not familiar with Kickstarter, it is a funding platform for those trying to kickstart creative projects. The website helps the project creators raise monies for specific projects without any risk for them or others who decide to back their project with personal pledges.

According to Kickstarter, every project creator sets their project’s funding goal and deadline. If people like the project, they can pledge money to make it happen. If the project succeeds in reaching its funding goal, all backers’ credit cards are charged when time expires. If the project falls short, no one is charged. Funding on Kickstarter is all-or-nothing. The funding ended March 1 February 28, 2013, please check out the link above. I think his books and project will be great asset to the Lao-American community.

Info about the book and Nor Sanavongsay’s project:

Xieng Mieng: A Sticky Mess is the comedic origin story of one of the most beloved folk heroes of Laos. A young monk keeps getting in trouble with the head of the monastery who think the boy can’t do anything right. Finally, the young boy decides to turn the tables with the help of a chicken and a little bit of a sticky snack called mieng. What happens next has become the stuff of legend for over 600 years! This is the hilarious tale of cleverness and ingenuity for children aged four and up. This will be the first of 5 stories in the making. The stories will be in English with some Lao words in English phonetics. I might include some glossary in the back with Lao words and their meaning if we get enough funding to print more pages.

About This Project

This project will fund the print publication of the children’s book Xieng Mieng: A Sticky Mess. Initially, the book will be a softcover, 6″ x 9″, 32 pages in black and white. We’re looking at printing between 500 to 1,000 if we’re successfully funded, ideally at $3,000 to bring you the highest quality edition possible in this format. We’d really like to make it to $10,000 because then we can present this favorite children’s tale in gorgeous full-color.

Additional funds raised during this kicksarter would go to increasing the print run, expanding the page count and providing additional content for our backers.

I already have a finished script and 10 pages of finished art, while the remaining pages are at varying stages of pencils.

Because I think it’s important for Asian Americans to gain experience as publishers, I chose to self-publish and make this as a Kickstarter project to keep creative control and publish the story I really wanted to tell, and I think kids will love.

I’m an established and successful artist and designer, but this is my first foray into the world of children’s books, and I really want to do it right with your support.


  1. Xieng Mieng was one of my favorite childhood story. Although the stories I was told was Xieng Mieng as an adult. But I can see how this story line would appeal to younger audience.

    Also a great idea to self publish. I wish Mr. Sanavongsay all the best!

    • cn, it’s nice to see so many support from the Lao online community. My mom used to tell us Xieng Mieng’s story when we were kids and I’m looking forward to reading Nor’s version.

  2. We loved this when we were young. Grandma used to tell Xieng mieng story just before the bed time. We were laughing and laughing. Great book for children and adults.

    • I recall those days, no books and just storytelling. It will be a treat to see these in prints. 🙂

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