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Fergus the Turtus


Loved it! 😍

I loved the artwork and the colors, since the blues and greens show the depth of the ocean. Fergus is such a cute character!

Fergus is different from his sea turtle brothers and sisters. His shell is tougher, he has claws instead of flippers, and he's bigger than the other hatchlings. Why is he so different? He explores the sea looking for his parents, and encounters many types of sea creatures, all of whom try to eat him. Will he ever discover the truth about himself?

I loved the artwork and the colors in this children's picture book. The soothing blues and greens of the seascape really show the depth of the ocean. I was able to follow the clear illustrations because of the strong lines and clean figures. I thought Fergus's little face was so cute! He really is an adorable character.

However, the writing is not particularly impressive. The rhyming is not always good, and the meter is all over the place. The story line itself is interesting and enjoyable as little Fergus encounters sea creatures, and wonders about his parents. The story has development and a good ending.

But I am tired of children's book authors thinking that every children's book has to rhyme and then they force really bad rhymes that don't work, and they can't stick to a decent meter or apparently count how many syllables are in a couplet. 

Rhyming "sand" with "underground" is just atrocious. It's also odd that the first page doesn't rhyme at all, then the rest of the book starts rhyming. 

But even so, I really enjoyed reading this picture book! Most of the rhymes ARE good, and most of the couplets have the right amount of syllables (or fairly close). I just think it could have been better if it told a straight-forward story and left the poetry to Milton and Byron.

Disclaimer: I received an ecopy of this book from the author via Reedsy Discovery in exchange for a free and honest review. All the opinions stated here are my own true thoughts, and are not influenced by anyone.

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Fergus the Turtus is a wonderfully unique creature. 'But what is a Turtus?' I hear you ask. Well of course you couldn't know, nobody knew what a Turtus was before Fergus was born.

This ecological fairy tale follows young Fergus as he sets out on an exciting and dangerous journey of discovery. Along the way he meets a variety of sea creatures, some friendly, some not quite so friendly. But will he find out the truth about who he is?

A story about a Turtus' journey from birth to find his home, parents and identity.

About the author

Hi, my name is Sebastian Morley, from London, England. A first time author of the children's picture book Fergus the Turtus. I was inspired to write Fergus the Turtus by my two God daughters. I am planning on writing at least one more Fergus book. view profile

Published on September 06, 2019

Published by Jelly Bean Books

0-1000 words

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Genre: Picture Books

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