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The Blue Giant

Written by Katie Cottle

Illustrated by Katie Cottle

Ecological and Environmental Interest - Fiction Featured Books for 5+ readers Featured Books for 7+ readers Stories about Animals

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A timely, beautifully told story with an important message from the oceans

With a simple narrative and eye-catching spreads, this picture book delivers a powerful and timely message. Meera and her mum are enjoying a day at the seaside, when suddenly a giant approaches them – a huge, blue giant that comes out of the sea and is actually a wave. It has a message from the ocean: ‘We need your help.’  Sailing out, mother and daughter find the sea is full of rubbish and start to clear up. Next day, Meera goes back to the beach and piles up as much litter as she can. Friends join in, and friends of friends, and when everybody helps out: ‘even the biggest messes can be fixed.’ The final pages make suggestions for ways we can all cut down on plastic and while the story doesn’t dodge the size of the problem we face, it does provide hope and encouragement. With its rich, painterly seaside and deep-sea scenes, this is very beautiful, and very memorable.

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Andrea Reece

The Blue Giant Synopsis

An entertaining and beautiful eco-tale from the winner of the Batsford Prize Meera and her mum are enjoying a break at the seaside. Until... ...a creature emerges from the waves. It's a giant. A blue giant. It has a stirring plea to help clean up the ocean and save the sea creatures from the menace of plastic waste. Meera and her mum agree to help. But they can't do it alone... can they?

A poignant and timely picture book that introduces children to the issues of pollution, waste management and the oceans, with suggestions of lifestyle changes to help the world become a better, cleaner place.

The Blue Giant Press Reviews

'This beautiful story gently introduces children to the compelling issue of rubbish in our seas ... perfect for using in school ... A delightful story full of lovely illustrations.' - NSTBA blog

'A very timely, beautifully told story, with a simple narrative highlighting a very important message - the seas need our help.' - The Book Activist

'Poignant and timely ... An empathetically written story, introducing children to pollution and waste management in an accessible format, supported by rich illustrations.' - The Picture Books Blogger

'The illustrations are pretty and the stories are fab... It really got my little ones thinking about litter and the impact it has on the environment and the animals surrounding.' - Maya's Moon Play

'I love the message of this book. That anything can be fixed.' - Reusable Family

'The perfect book to teach kids about the ocean and our eco responsibility. It explains not only the issues but also empowers children to be able to do something about it.' - Reusable Family

'What a beautiful book! Katie's illustrations are stunning and really help to portray the story ... There is a poignant message through the book which is easily accessed by the reader ... will be a book they read again and again.' - The Teacher Bookworm

'This poignant and timely picture book gently introduces young children to the issues of pollution, waste and how it affects our oceans. A lovely way to encourage all of us to take care of our planet!' - Creative Steps

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ISBN: 9781843654513
Publication date: 06/08/2020
Publisher: Pavilion Children's Books an imprint of Pavilion Books
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781843654513
Publication date: 6th August 2020
Author: Katie Cottle
Illustrator: Katie Cottle
Publisher: Pavilion Children's Books an imprint of Pavilion Books
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 32 pages
Suitable for: 5+ readers, 7+ readers
Genres: Ecological and Environmental, Animals

About Katie Cottle

Katie is an illustrator and print-maker living and working in Bristol. Her work is mainly based around a narrative and often informed by the marks and colours created through traditional lithography. She also works digitally, using an iPad, and occasionally paints with gouache. Katie won the Batsford Prize for children book illustration with her story 'Home Grown'. She has also received 'highly commended' at the Macmillan Prize for Illustration on several occasions. she received a 'One to Watch' award at D&AD New Blood in 2017.

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