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Book Launch - The Great Barrier Thief

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by Camille Newlands (subscribe)
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Book launch to meet a talented local author and illustrator
There are some amazing children books on the market and it is difficult for parents to navigate the book aisles trying to source something that will be both entertaining and thought-provoking. Dr Sue Pillans, a Brisbane based marine scientist and visual artist, has provided just that book. As her alter ego 'Dr Suzie Starfish', she has written and illustrated her first children's picture book, The Great Barrier Thief.

The great barrier thief
The Great Barrier Thief by Dr Suzie Starfish

Originally from Bundaberg, Sue has been passionate about the reef since she was an 11-year-old girl and has grown up with a special connection with the ocean.

"From the first time I stuck my head under the water I was delighted by the busyness of the reef, it was just like an 'underwater city', full of life, colour and noise, so much noise! Every time I visit the reef I feel like my 11-year old self again but the reef is changing before our eyes and something needs to be done, now".

Sue has special connection with the reef.

Sue has written a story, using her own experiences, to illustrate the impacts of climate change on the Great Barrier Reef and educate children about the impact of coral bleaching and what can be done to look after and protect the reef.

Sue Pillans
Dr Sue Pillans in her Brisbane studio.

The story is told through the eyes of a feisty fish called Anthia who starts to see the disappearing colours of the reef as a warning sign that the reef is in trouble: "Did you know the coral colours are a warning sign? A global reef alarm? We all need to do what we can to keep it safe from harm".

As 2018 is the International Year of The Reef, this book would make a welcome addition in any child's stocking this Christmas. If you would like to order a copy of the book, details can be found at here.

Kalkie State School
The first classroom in the world to be read 'The Great Barrier Thief', Years 2/3K at Kalkie State School, Bundaberg.

If you would like to meet 'Dr Suzie Starfish', the book launch for The Great Barrier Thief is on Sunday, October 21, 3pm-5pm, Manly.

Do you want to check some more of Dr Sue Pillans work?
Facebook: Dr Suzie Starfish
Twitter and Instagram: @suepillans

Book Launch Details
Date: Sunday, October 21, 2018
Time: 3pm-5pm
Location: Coopers Café & Catering, 409 Royal Esplanade Manly, QLD 4179
Cost: Free
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When: Sun. 21 October 2018, 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Where: Coopers Café & Catering, 409 Royal Esplanade Manly, QLD 4179
Cost: Free
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Thanks for letting us know about this book (Although I can't go to the launch).
by May Cross (score: 3|6469) 593 days ago
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