We thought it was an inspiring story perfectly suited for a children’s book. Mike wrote an outline and I comped up a cover and some character designs. Even my publisher was interested. It seemed like a great opportunity to share her story and promote the important work being done by the Monterey Bay Aquarium.
We felt it was important to be factually accurate so we approached the aquarium to participate in the production of the book. This was the terse response we received from the aquarium’s communication department: “…we’re not collaborating on or supporting a children’s book about Toola, so can’t be of assistance with your project. Additionally we also would request that you not use Toola’s or the aquarium’s name and identity in the book, as that would require a licensing agreement. I appreciate your cooperation.”
Can an otter be copyrighted?
So here is the cover of the book that never was. Hope I don’t get sued for showing it here.
Some character sketches.