San Diego artist and 92024 resident Michael Amorillo recently announced the debut of Monstro and the Kelp Kids, a children’s book that celebrates the artist’s connection with the ocean and the beauty of childlike curiosity, friendship, and adventure. The story revolves around Monstro, a warm-hearted sea monster, and his eclectic group of colorful friends, the Kelp Kids. Their passion for adventure and desire to immerse themselves in the cultures of other countries sets a great example for children growing up in today’s society who have more exposure to diverse cultures. Michael elaborated, “If you believe in mentorship and spreading knowledge to the younger generation, acceptance of cultural and ethnic diversity, and a love for our ocean and environment, you’re a Kelp Kid.” You can order the book online at