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Giveaway: The Basking Shark Rescue Team by W.J. Brutocao

By Bianca Schulze, The Children’s Book Review
Published: September 21, 2010

Author W.J. Brutocao is generously giving away three copies of The Basking Shark Rescue Team—a story of friendship and teamwork among an unusual group of animals and children. The books will be signed by both the author and the illustrator.

Reading level: Ages 8-12

Paperback: 122 pages

Book overview: When Beulah the Basking Shark gets trapped, Rocky the Otter and the rest of the rescue team has to figure out a way to rescue her—without grown-ups getting suspicious. Along the way we learn a thing or two about birds, animals, and humans. Sometimes, but not always, it is a good idea to listen to your mother. This book is illustrated by Alan Marder, who also illustrated the “Letters From a Nut” series of books by Ted L. Nancy.

About the author: W.J. Brutocao was born in Toronto, Canada in 1950 and moved to California as an infant in 1951. He became a naturalized citizen in 1962. Raised in California, W.J. Brutocao went to Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, where he graduated with a B.A. degree in 1972. He went to law school at Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco, where he obtained a J.D. degree in 1977, and became a practicing attorney. In the spring of 2008 he was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma, a type of blood cancer. For the rest of 2008 he underwent chemotherapy at the City of Hope, which successfully put his cancer into remission. While going through the cancer ordeal, he read a flyer at the City of Hope suggesting that writing about your experience fighting cancer can be therapeutic. He decided that he would like to write—but not about cancer or his experience with it. Instead he began to write fanciful children’s stories about animals and birds who communicate and interact with two special children. His whimsical world is set in Mendo and Morro, two fictional California coastal communities based on Mendocino and Morro Bay. Some of his bird characters were inspired by the Morro Bay Bird Sanctuary, which is home to many species of birds, particularly, herons, egrets, and cormorants. One of the main characters in his stories is Corky the Cormorant, a good-hearted bird who doesn’t always get things right, and has the peculiar habit of repeating everything he says. W.J. Brutocao’s books are illustrated by Alan Marder, who also illustrated the “Letters From a Nut” series of books by Ted L. Nancy and other humor books. Brutocao and Marder both live in southern California.

Read our interview with the author …

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  • Maximum entries: Three (3)

Giveaway Rules:

  • Shipping Guidelines: This book giveaway is open to participants with a United States or Canadian address.
  • Giveaway begins September 21, 2010, at 12:01 A.M. PST and ends October 19, 2010, at 11:59 P.M. PST, when all entries must be received. No purchase necessary. See official rules for details.

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Bianca Schulze is the founder of The Children’s Book Review. She is a reader, reviewer, mother and children’s book lover. She also has a decade’s worth of experience working with children in the great outdoors. Combined with her love of books and experience as a children’s specialist bookseller, the goal is to share her passion for children’s literature to grow readers. Born and raised in Sydney, Australia, she now lives with her husband and three children near Boulder, Colorado.

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  • This looks great. 🙂 I’d love to have this!

    September 21, 2010
    • Thank you for being interested in my book. So far there are seven reviews on amazon you might like to read. I am especially proud of the review by the Mendocino second grade class.

      September 23, 2010
  • I would love to win this for my kids…thanks for the chance 🙂

    September 21, 2010
    • As an author it is terrific and humbling to know people are interested in my book. There are nice reviews of it on amazon. My second book should be ready around the end of October. It is called Rocky and the Great Bird Race.

      September 23, 2010
  • Looks like a great book. Thanks for entering me.

    September 22, 2010
    • Thank you for your kind words. I hope you get a chance to read it.

      September 23, 2010
  • Please enter me in drawing.
    Thank you,

    September 22, 2010
  • This sounds like a very interesting book that I would love to have for my grandson and then for the children at school.

    Thank you,

    Christine
    womackcm@sbcglobal.net

    September 22, 2010
    • I hope grandparents consider this book for their grandkids. But let me say that my mother, who was 85 at the time, liked it for herself too! If the giveaway does not go your way, there is always amazon. And my second book should be available around the end of October.

      September 23, 2010
  • I follow you on Twitter and tweeted about this giveaway http://twitter.com/ossmcalc/status/25251906387

    Thank you,

    Christine
    womackcm@sbcglobal.net

    September 22, 2010
  • I follow you on Twitter and tweeted about this giveaway http://twitter.com/ossmcalc/status/25253533503

    Thank you,

    Christine
    womackcm@sbcglobal.net

    September 22, 2010
  • This seems like such a fun book to read.You know,the type that you can’t stop reading.I think my 13 year old would like this book just as much as my 11 year old.I hope we can win this! 🙂

    September 26, 2010
  • This would be a great book for my 9 yo daughter
    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

    September 26, 2010
    • Tabathia,

      You and your daughter might be interested in some of the reviews of this book at amazon. Also, I have another book, Rocky and the Great Bird Race, coming out around the end of October (at least I hope it makes it by the end of October).

      September 27, 2010
  • follow & tweeted
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    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

    September 26, 2010
  • Nephew would love this book. I’m trying to encourage his reading.

    September 30, 2010
  • Hello Theresa,

    I have been told by several friends that their son/daughter who might be considered a “reluctant reader” thoroughly enjoyed this book. Of course, avid readers like it too.
    You might like to read the reviews on amazon.

    September 30, 2010
  • Thanks for the chance at this fun read.
    🙂

    October 1, 2010
  • Looks like a wonderful book for my son! I know that he’d enjoy it!

    October 3, 2010
  • This book sounds interesting… sometimes not to listen to your mother? Makes me interested enough to read it myself (smile) first!

    October 4, 2010
    • Remember you cannot take everything I say too seriously! Especially the bit about listening (or maybe not listening) to your mother. If (when?) you read it, I would be pleased to hear what you think of it. If you check my website (www.wjbrutocao.com), you can email me directly from there.

      October 4, 2010
  • My daughter would love this!!! She loves to read!

    Thanks again!

    October 4, 2010
    • I hope she gets a chance to read it. Don’t forget to check out the reviews on amazon.

      October 4, 2010
  • I would love this book for my classroom library! This looks like a fun read for some of my 5th graders that prefer something a little less serious!

    October 4, 2010
    • My goal has been to inform and entertain at the same time. I think my stories can be used in classrooms where teachers and students can discuss some of the things that happen in the stories. I would be delighted to hear what classroom teachers think about it.

      October 4, 2010
  • It sounds like a wonderful book! I love sharing stories with my son, that not only keep him entertained, but also teach him some new things!

    October 6, 2010
    • I hope this book fills the bill for you and your son. In addition to my website and amazon, there is also a facebook page for “Brutocao’s Books For Kids” that anyone interested in my stories can follow.

      October 6, 2010
  • I would love to win this for my great niece.

    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

    October 8, 2010
    • I hope your great niece gets a chance to read it. Also, you can follow my Facebook page: Brutocao’s Books For Kids, or the blog at my website. Good luck!.

      October 8, 2010
  • Ooh! Giveaways! Book looks great!

    October 13, 2010
  • Hey Mr Brutocao – have a really good friend that just had twins and is so overwhelmed! I am sure he and his two girls would appreciate this well written book. Hope this finds you doing well.

    October 13, 2010
  • Sounds like a book that all 3 of my boy could enjoy! I am glad that your sister Julie turned me on to this chance to receive your book! ; )

    October 14, 2010
  • I can’t wait to get this for my second grader! I love stories that have a “moral”or a great life lesson!

    October 14, 2010
    • I sure hope you do get this book. Many second graders really like it.

      October 14, 2010
  • We are always teaching our children/students about how important friendship and teamwork is. This would be a great book in our library.

    Thank you, for all the nice books you’ll giveaway!!!!!

    October 14, 2010
    • I am always happy to meet or talk to teachers who are interested in my stories. If your school is close enough, I would be happy to visit. You can follow my facebook page, Brutocao’s Books For Kids, and get information about where I might be. For example, I’ll be in Morro Bay next week, Mendocino in November and Napa next February.

      October 14, 2010
  • This is great! Any chance you’ll be coming to Austin, TX for a reading? I bet children from this area who haven’t grown up near a coastline would find such a setting mesmerizing and enchanting.

    October 14, 2010
  • Great book

    October 14, 2010
    • Thank you. You can check out reviews at amazon. Always room for one more.

      October 15, 2010
  • Sounds like a great book, I’d love to review it on my review blog if i win! 🙂

    October 14, 2010
  • I twittered about this giveaway too @delgalreivews 🙂

    October 14, 2010
  • My daughter would love this book!!

    October 15, 2010
    • I hope she gets a chance to read it. Look at amazon for reviews or my website (wjbrutocao.com) or Brutocao’s Books For Kids on facebook.

      October 15, 2010
  • Have 4 grandchildren in this age group- always looking for new books

    October 15, 2010
    • I hope they get a chance to read it and my next book, Rocky and the Great Bird Race.

      October 16, 2010
  • Looks excellent!

    October 16, 2010
  • Sounds like a cool book. An adventure at sea for the kids! 🙂

    October 16, 2010
  • WHAT AN AWESOME BOOK.

    Hope I win.

    My grand children would love it.

    October 16, 2010
  • As a reading/language arts teacher, I love reading books to my students that allow them to see themselves and to understand that many others in the world have similar challenges. . I would love to have this book and find it especially meaningful to the students when I have a book signed by the author. Thank you for sharing your talents.

    October 17, 2010
    • If not too far away, I enjoy visiting schools to read or talk to kids. Hope your students get to read this story.

      October 18, 2010
  • I would love this for my daughter! suelee1998@ gmail.com

    October 18, 2010
  • For my niece Hannah!

    October 18, 2010
  • I would love to share this with my children.

    October 19, 2010
  • My daughter would love this book

    October 19, 2010
  • I would love to win this for my kids
    mightynaynay(at)cs.com

    October 19, 2010
  • what a great looking book!

    October 19, 2010
  • It’d be for my kids, but I want to read this book!

    October 19, 2010
  • Twitter follow/Tweet

    http://twitter.com/#!/mail4rosey/status/27895348495

    October 19, 2010
  • This sounds like a great new book I could read to my son.

    October 19, 2010
  • Congratulations to the three lucky winners:

    Linda Kish said: I would love to win this for my great niece.

    JAMES P LYNAM said: WHAT AN AWESOME BOOK. Hope I win. My grand children would love it.

    Tabathia B said: This would be a great book for my 9 yo daughter.

    Your signed books will be on its way very soon!

    Thank you to all that entered. For those that were not so lucky, you can still add this book to your collection: http://astore.amazon.com/thechisboorev-20/detail/1450526101

    This giveaway is now closed.

    October 29, 2010

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