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Tommy Tortuga, Volume 1, A Turtle's Secret

Tommy Tortuga may look like an ordinary turtle, but he is extraordinary! In this timely tale, Tommy uses creativity, determination and teamwork to turn an idea into reality. He shows great initiative and has great fun in building self-confidence in an unexpected way. Tommy reminds us all that you can't judge a turtle by its shell. This full color storybook creates fun for the whole family with rhyming, alliteration, onomatopoeia, similes and metaphors. Each page has a hidden image. Hardcover, Premium Paper and Color Print. 8.5" x 8.5". 2018.

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Tommy Tortuga, Volume 2, Who's in the Box?

Tommy' adorable and exciting story continues in Volume 2.  A surprise experience lands Tommy in an unexpected place... a box.  His experience is thought provoking in considering how a family and turtle have similar and different lives.  The answer may surprise you.  The colorful illustrations with hidden images continue in Volume 2, along with the rhyming, alliteration, onomatopoeia, similes.  Your family will keep coming back to Tommy T for more fun.  Hardcover, Premium Paper and Color Print.  8.5" x 8.5".  2018.

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Tommy Tortuga, 2-in-1 Set, A Turtle's Secret and Who's in the Box?

This special 2-in-1 set includes both Volume 1, A Turtle's Secret, and Volume 2, Who's in the Box? in a single hardcover book.  Follow Tommy Tortuga in his adventures as you get to learn why this turtle is such a clever fellow.  From learning about his secret to trying to figure out what is amiss with the children around him, this 2-in-1 set brings fun to the whole family.  Hardcover, Premium Paper and Premium Color Print.  8.5" x 8.5".  2018.

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What to expect from Tommy Tortuga


Tommy is different on the inside then the outside.  He is curious, not judgmental, and sends messages of taking initiative, using creativity and being persistent.  Tommy may be small, but he has mighty ideas with plenty of fun along the way!  How would you like to be like Tommy?

Fun to Read,  Listen and Look

Tommy Tortuga is written as a rhyme and has a rhythm that feels musical at times.  It's great fun to read along and listen.  Add in the alliteration, onomatopoeia and similes to make lots of smiles and  laughs.   The illustrations are vivid with hidden images on each page as an extra treat.  You'll all have fun with the mystery images.

Thought Provoking

Tommy encourages wonderment and is a springboard to start a great dialogue with children and families.  The adventures in the book are timely and draw terrific metaphors to human real life.  The twists and irony of the story may even encourage an inner dialogue in your own family.

TOMMY TORTUGA:  The story behind the story

One summer, not that long ago, a family was on a vacation.  During the late afternoon one day, a nice local fellow brought a fine looking turtle to the little home in which the family was staying.  The young boy in the family had never seen a turtle, and that turtle had never seen a curious little boy.

Well, that little turtle made quite an impression, and it was given a name, Tommy Tortuga.  The next morning, the family wanted that turtle to be free again.  Tommy was released back into the woods in which he was found.  When they turned around to say a final goodbye, that turtle was gone.  Curious!  That family was sure that Tommy had a secret life full of excitement filling his day and night.  The adventures of Tommy Tortuga began to sprout from the little seeds that were planted in our imagination,

Tommy was never seen again by that family, only a photo remains of that one day.  However, we are sure that Tommy is still finding unusual adventures every day, and the Adventures of Tommy Tortuga are where you can find them.

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About the Author, Matthew A. Lapides

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Matthew Lapides has been on an adventure of entrepreneurship since the early 1990’s.  He is always curious, and opportunities have taken him around the globe where he has witnessed dreams, desire, triumph and defeat.  Matthew is inspired by both art and science.  He is a critical thinker but also a creative dreamer.  For Matthew, those are the delicious ingredients for the recipe of his complicated projects.  These projects must make the people around him nuts, but the results are often curious things of beauty… at least to somebody.  Because of his handi-daddiness, Matthew's son is simply sure that he can fix almost anything.

Sometimes serious, sometimes silly, always patient and tirelessly creative, Matthew’s hallmark is helping to empower others to be more.  Sprout Publishing is a creative channel to help put a few memorable books on children's bookshelves, bring smiles to families and start conversations.  It's working so far!

Matthew is also the author of "Biking to the Boat Ramp", a photo-chronicle of his family's experience and reward of building a 17' wooden sloop sailboat in their garage in Coconut Grove, FL.

Stand by, Matthew has several  other projects in the works!


Sprout popped up from a small seed in the mind of Matthew Lapides.  He founded Sprout to serve as a passageway to share ideas and stories, bring smiles to growing families and find ways to pass along worthwhile messages that create conversations.  Little sapling stories, each with their own ideas and premise, began to pop up one at a time.  With love, attention and nurturing, those saplings grew to bear fruit.  Tommy Tortuga was a small idea, and now he is bigger than life!  Each little literary work is created for you to enjoy in different ways.  We hope you get inspired to plant your own literary seeds to nurture and grow for others to enjoy.  Visit us at to learn more about what we have going on!


All the Goings On

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