Breathing New Life into a Lao Folktale

“A Sticky Mess” is a vibrant retelling of the beloved Lao folktale, Xieng Mieng, in a 32-page picture book format. This personal project spanned 14 years, during which I penned the manuscript and created full-color illustrations.

Undertaking the roles of author, illustrator, and designer, I adapted this classic tale for a new generation, crafting a layout that reflects the story’s rhythm and energy.

kickstarter campaign

February 2013 (funded)

The project came to life through a Kickstarter campaign I launched and managed. Remarkably, it was fully funded within just four days, thanks to the anticipation and support of the community.

While juggling full-time work, a long commute, and a newborn, I worked diligently to meet my commitments to my backers. In October 2013, I proudly self-published “A Sticky Mess,” bringing a cherished Lao folktale to children’s bookshelves worldwide.

sample pages from the book