Friday, May 9, 2014

Kids Learn How Cool Sharks Are with Fun New Book Series, "Surf Sharks -- Review and #Giveaway

Disclosure:  I was sent samples from the vendor in order to write up an honest review.  All views shared are mine and mine alone.

Meet Chance Wolf, Comic Book Artist Extraordinaire-Turned-Creator
Of His Own Kids Action Brand

Chance Wolf Launches Surf Sharks With 
The First In A Series of Original Comedy-Adventure Books For Kids 6-12

"There’s a new kids action-comedy entertainment brand on the scene, all from the imagination of Chance Wolf, an industry-recognized comic book artist and toy designer.

Fully created and illustrated by Wolf, Surf Sharks follows the comedy adventures of a group of young surfers and sharks who forge a friendship and ride the waves together as they help each other solve daily challenges faced by all growing kids.

First book in the series, Surf Sharks: The First Ride is now available in all major book stores and online via Amazon Kindle and iTunes/iBooks in eBook version.  

The debut book introduces the surfing sharks – MAVRIK, TALON and HEMI along with their surfer dude friends, RIP, OZZY and WADE as they find that by working together, they can take on even the biggest problems.

Chance brings over 30 years experience as a commercial artist with high-profile credits in comic books that encompass Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Spawn and Shadowhawk.  He also received an Emmy Certificate for his work as a main character designer for the Emmy Award Winning HBO animated series SPAWN and worked in product design for McFarlane Toys’ bestselling X-Files collectibles line. 

With the tremendous popularity surrounding Sharks, Surf Sharks is a natural for today’s kids.  In fact, Google Trends reports that sharks now holds the #1 spot for animal search terms, not to mention the major success of such shark-themed films and television programming as Sharknado and Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus and Discovery’s ubiquitous Shark Weeks.

Born in 1963 and raised in Eastern Washington, Chance showed a passion for art from the time he could hold a pencil.  As a child, he devoted much of his time nose-deep into comic books admiring the art and mimicking it the best he could on any piece of paper available (including his homework).  Selling his first piece of art at age 11 was a clear indicator of a prospering career as an Illustrator that has now spanned over three decades.

As a young adult, his desire to grow as an artist motivated him to focus on his drawing skills as he hit the drawing board to hone his childhood comic book passion.  His path towards becoming a professional comic book artist began when his talents were discovered by an associate of iconic industry creative Todd McFarlane.  Chance began a tenure with McFarlane that would span over ten years, allowing the new artist to work on internationally recognized comic book titles such as Shadowhawk, Spawn and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles just to name a few.

Chance worked side by side with Todd, assisting in drawing the number one selling comic book Spawn and was called upon to join with a team of artists to handle the task of Main Character Designers for the HBO Emmy Award winning Animated Series Spawn, in which Chance received and Emmy Certificate acknowledging his work on the series.  Chance became Todd’s right hand man on numerous assignments, including toy action figure art direction, designs for licensees and convention booth creation.  Chance was hand-picked by Todd to visit with X-Files creator Chris Carter in Hollywood in order to help finalize designs for McFarlane’s popular X-Files toy line.

Observing his son’s fascination with sharks, Chance was inspired to create Surf Sharks, which he has launched as a book series, with the first release Surf Sharks: The First Ride now available in all leading book stores in hard cover and online as an eBook via Amazon Kindle and iTunes/iBooks."

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My Thoughts:
When I was asked to review the new Surf Sharks -- The First Ride book, I was thinking that I would call on my 7 year old nephew to help me review it.  But, when Arabella saw me looking through the Surf Sharks gift set I was sent recently, she quickly asked to look at it.  She is a fan of the animated series, Wild Kratts, which airs on PBS Kids.  This show has introduced to her many different sea and land creatures, including sharks.  
Right after I handed the book to her, a big smile came across her face, as she pointed to the three sharks on the cover and said "sharks".  She was so proud of herself, knowing what the animals were child.  And, for the next twenty minutes her and I read through this book which has a really cute story about sharks meeting three young surfers and going on adventures together, as they handle situations kids may face in a day to day exchanges, as well as fun facts about sharks.

Even if your children are not fans of sharks, they will find the story about these three sharks and the three young surfers they meet to be a fun read.  As I read through the story with Bella, she quickly stopped me midway through to let me know that it dangerous to ride on sharks, and they people don't do this in real life. :-)  This was a 2 1/2 yr. old schooling me on sharks.  Who would have thought?
This book also does a great job in teaching the importance of team work and friendship with young readers/listeners.  The action filled story will pull your child in from the first page, and keep them engaged and entertained right until the last page.  They, like my daughter, will be asking for another book in the "Surf Sharks" series, which I hope will be a long line of them, for her and other "Surf Sharks" fans. 

Perfect for ages 3-8!!

One lucky reader will win the following Surf Sharks prize pack, to share with their child/grandchild:
- A copy of Surf Sharks: The First Ride
- A sticker book
- 32 Surf Shark stickers with fun shark facts on the back
- A set of pop-up collector cards

To enter, please complete the entries on the Rafflecopter form below.  Good luck!

Disclosure:  I was sent samples from the vendor in order to write up an honest review.  All views shared are mine and mine alone.

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