Review & Autographed Giveaway: Tuke: The Specialist Turtle by Jim Ritterhoff & Tory Novikova

Synopsis (from Goodreads):

 Tuke the Specialist Turtle is the story of a young turtle struggling to find his place in one of the most extraordinary places on earth. Ridiculed by his fellow marine creatures for being too small for his shell, an adolescent green sea turtle named Tuke leaves his coral reef home in the waters off Little Cayman in search of a world he hopes will appreciate him. But it isn’t until he’s befriended by a group of researchers from the Central Caribbean Marine Institute (CCMI) that Tuke begins to understand how important he is to his home – and vice versa. Created by Chowder, Inc. for young readers, Tuke the Specialist Turtle is a story about growth, responsibility and protecting those special places that need our help.

A portion of the proceeds from this sale will go to support the Coral Reef Conservancy and the Central Caribbean Marine Institute (CCMI), Little Cayman Research Centre.

My Review:

Move over, Squirt!  There’s a new turtle in the ocean!!  The animation and vivid colors on each page are gorgeous!  I have a 4 year old daughter, and she loved all the pictures, as we talked about the different animals on each page.  The book size is perfect for a classroom teacher to read (since the pages are large), perfect for little and big people, and is quite educational, too.  Aside from the education of showing how animals are tracked so that scientists can learn their travel pattern, etc., it has an excellent moral lesson in the story, too!

Tuke is a small turtle with a large shell.  His water friends make fun of him because of his large shell, which makes him feel like he doesn’t fit them.  It isn’t until he is “tagged” that he learns he has an important job, and that he is special despite his differences.  I loved the overall message in the book: everyone-no matter how small or large-has a purpose and it doesn’t matter what you look like because you are special.

This book is perfect for the young child that loves water, loves animals (especially turtles), teachers/educators, and make a perfect gift!  I love books that contribute to charities and this one does!! Proceeds go to the Coral Reef Conservatory!

I also love the idea of buying this book as a gift with a turtle stuffed animal or tickets to Moody Gardens to see the Aquarium.  This book just makes a perfect gift for any occasion, and it’s one that every library should carry and child should have!  It’s an excellent, easy to read story, which will keep readers engaged in the story!

If you are a Houstonian or love the Houston Rockets, you will enjoy knowing that Rudy Tomjanovich’s daughter, Melissa, is a co-author!!  So, Texas readers, you will definitely want to support this book and its efforts…as we Texans love supporting our local authors!

So, while I wouldn’t change anything with the storyline or artwork, I do hope the authors and publisher will consider making Tuke the Specialist Turtle merchandise, and possibly make a short film!  I could definitely see these books being sold at Kemah Boardwalk in Galveston, Moody Gardens, and basically anywhere books are sold!

I really can’t rave enough about this book.  Tuke is a really cute little turtle and he reminded me a bit of Nemo (from Finding Nemo) and Mumble (from Happy Feet).  Each of them have a special purpose, and while they are seen as a “misfit”, there is something different from the rest of their group that makes them important.

Book will be available July 1, 2013!!

*This book was provided by Chowder, Inc., in exchange for an honest review.  A special thank you to Corinne Casagrande.

Giveaway Details:

The authors were kind enough to offer an autographed book as a giveaway!!

Simply enter you email address in the comment form and answer who you would want to give this book to, and why.

1 winner will randomly be selected.

Giveaway ends July 14, 2013.

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22 thoughts on “Review & Autographed Giveaway: Tuke: The Specialist Turtle by Jim Ritterhoff & Tory Novikova

  1. This would be perfect for my grandson! My son is a teacher at the zoo and he is always teaching the kids things like this. He would enjoy reading this book to his son! Thank you for the giveaway!


    • Jim,
      Thanks so much for the opportunity to read and review your book! I loved it, and so did my daughter…so it gets 2 supreme cupcake ratings! I cross posted on Goodreads and LibraryThing, as well as Twitter and FB. I’ll post my review on Amazon and B&N, when the book is available to the public. Thanks for stopping by!


  2. What a sweet book! Turtles are such fun characters. I would give this to my daughters to read together. :)



  3. Thanks for the give-away! I’d like to give this to my little brother to prove to him how fun reading is. And the book looks like the perfect one! xx


  4. Awww..this book sounds so fun and and a learning tool at the same time. :) I’d love to share this with my nephew. :)


  5. I have a young cousin who is expecting and what a great gift for a new child is a book that will be signed and special to read and enjoy from the year you are born :) Thank you for sharing and for this treat of a giveaway.


  6. The one person that comes to mind who would love this book is My nephew Isaiah. Because he loves Turtles, the ocean and reading. We go to the library often and he always checks out at least 2 books on ocean animals turtles and or dinosaurs. He reads to me and loves to make up bed time stories


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