Dallas Clayton wrote a book for his son about dreaming big, fantastic dreams – called An Awesome Book! After writing the book, Dallas wanted to share it with more people. But every publisher he took it to turned it down. Instead of giving up, he taught himself how to self-publish, made some copies, and put the book on the web for free. People starting sharing the book online, and the copies he made started selling out. Dallas was able to share the idea of dreaming big with kids and adults all over the world, and he even got published.
The folks at Google Chrome heard about Dallas and decided that his story – helping kids use the web to read and dream – was wonderful representation of their mission of making the web better for everyone. In that spirit, they wanted to harness the power of the web to get the book into the hands of as many people as possible. Google translated An Awesome Book! into 17 languages on a computer, tablet or phone, available in the Chrome Store.
Why I’m Curious
Google does such a lovely job of bringing its message, “the web is what you make of it”, to life in an authentic way – by telling stories of people doing awesome things online. Google’s presence isn’t too heavy-handed in the spot; The video doesn’t say anything about its part in helping Dallas translate his novel or bring it to life across platforms. It’s a super simple and uplifting story that manages to put the platform at the center without stealing the spotlight.