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  • 12/2021
  • 978-1-7345917-5-0 B09N43Z6NW
  • 52 pages
  • $2.99
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  • 12/2021
  • 978-1-7345917-4-3 B09N43Z6NW
  • 52 pages
  • $19.99
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  • 12/2021
  • 978-1-7345917-3-6 B09N43Z6NW
  • 52 pages
  • $19.99
Cletus, the Little Loggerhead Turtle (The Beginning Adventure)
Lindalouise, author
Cletus, the Little Loggerhead Turtle, is a colorfully illustrated children's book full of adventure and action, depicting two tiny loggerhead turtle's journeys to the surf. Cletus and Charley's adventure begins when they crack open their shells and emerge on their nest's top. Then, the other hatchlings crawl toward the moonlight in the night sky, directly into the surf except for Cletus. Cletus' brother Charley tries to convince Cletus to stop climbing the wall and follow him to the surf. Cletus thinks climbing the wall is a shortcut to the water and learns it is not a good idea! During his adventurous travels to the surf, Cletus endures many obstacles throughout the story and wonders if he will ever get to the ocean. He meets two caring friends, a hermit crab named Leonardo and a sandpiper named Oceana. Cletus's two friends share their knowledge of the beach and the Sargasso Sea with him and safely guide him to the surf. Cletus learns many life lessons from his friends, for example, the value of true friendship and how important it is to care for each other. So, he will carry much wisdom for his latest adventure to the Sargasso Sea.
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Lindalouise’s debut picture book personifies the fragility of the natural world through Cletus, a newly-hatched loggerhead turtle stubbornly determined to make his own way. When Cletus and his brother Charley emerge from their eggs on a sandy beach, they watch while the rest of their siblings follow a carved-out path to the ocean—but despite Charley’s exhortations, Cletus decides that climbing up a nearby hill will get him there faster. Already an endangered species, Cletus is soon under attack by a waiting predator, and it’s only the intervention of kindly hermit crab Leonardo and astute sandpiper Oceana that can save the capricious Cletus.

Lindalouise draws on science to illuminate Cletus’s journey in this educational treat. The surprisingly well-informed Leonardo and Oceana explain how baby loggerhead turtles head to the Sargasso Sea where, protected by swirling currents and underwater vegetation, they grow from tiny hatchlings into majestic creatures weighing hundreds of pounds. Cletus takes in this information while learning of his own vulnerability. Lindalouise deftly frames his future as both a distant promise and the impetus for immediate action, giving young readers a preview of long-range thinking while igniting their sense of urgency to protect wildlife.

Kerrie Robertson’s illustrations are beautifully striking, combining the cartoony quality of Cletus and his friends with sparkling sand, wispy and windblown plant life, and textured water that seems to be in constant motion. In one of the most effective drawings, Cletus realizes that predators are more plentiful than friends, as seagulls gather over the water and a fox and raccoon hide in the nearby grass. With heart-pounding immediacy and an awareness of far-reaching consequences, Cletus and his adventure offer assurance to young readers commencing their own journeys that perilous problems can be solved with understanding, cooperation, and resolve.

Takeaway: A rebellious loggerhead turtle tries to beat the survival odds in this immersive, informative tale.

Great for fans of: sabel Müller’s The Green Sea Turtle, Nicola Davies’s One Tiny Turtle, Philippe Cousteau and Deborah Hopkinson’s Follow the Moon Home.

Production grades
Cover: A
Design and typography: B
Illustrations: A
Editing: B
Marketing copy: B

Formats
Ebook Details
  • 12/2021
  • 978-1-7345917-5-0 B09N43Z6NW
  • 52 pages
  • $2.99
Paperback Details
  • 12/2021
  • 978-1-7345917-4-3 B09N43Z6NW
  • 52 pages
  • $19.99
Hardcover Details
  • 12/2021
  • 978-1-7345917-3-6 B09N43Z6NW
  • 52 pages
  • $19.99

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