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Dart and Dive across the Reef (Extreme Environments)

Life in the world’s busiest reefs

Vassiliki Tzomaka


A journey through the world’s oceans, uncovering the incredible co-dependencies between fish, marine animals and reef corals

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The latest title in Vassiliki Tzomaka's 'Extreme Environments' series takes young readers on a gloriously illustrated journey through the world's reefs to discover the remarkable diversity of life they contain.

Across thirteen unique locations in tropical and cold waters, children will discover the rich variety of marine life that relies on coral reefs for survival, from corals and turtles, to fish, crustaceans and marine mammals. The book ends with a focus on the challenges facing coral reefs today and small ways that they can help protect these environments.

By taking a scientific approach to illustrated non-fiction, Dart and Dive Across the Reef raises awareness of the marine world in a way that makes the subject fascinating, engaging and deeply impressive to young children.

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'Visits to "rainforests of the sea" found around the world [with] brilliantly patterned images of characteristic fish and other residents... Worth an exploratory dive, both for the art and diversity of locales'
Kirkus Reviews

'An amazingly colourful journey across the reefs of the world'

'Captivating... The bold blocks of colour leap off the page, immersing you in the magic of the underwater world. The perfect read for your little (and big!) ocean lovers!'

'Are you or your kiddos fans of marine life or oceanography? If so you're going to love this'

'Young readers will love exploring the desert and ocean habitats in these brilliant and beautiful books'

'The stunning and vibrant illustrations bring these unique environments to life'

'Filled with stunning illustrations'
The Week Junior

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Product Information

Book Details

Format: PLC

Size: 30.0 x 23.0 cm

Extent: 56 pp

Publication date: 5 August 2021

ISBN: 9780500652312

Contents List

What is a reef?
Great Barrier Reef
Solomon Island Reefs
Night-time on the reef
Hawksbill turtle
Raja Ampat Islands
Apo Reef
Galápagos Islands
Cocos Island National Park
Reef babies
The slender seahorse
Aleutian Islands
Cold water fish
Røst Reef
The Great Blue Hole
Reef invertebrates
Reef fish
Red Sea Reefs
Symbiosis on the reef
The orange anemone fish
Comoros Islands
Atolls of the Maldives
Deadly creatures
Defence mechanisms
Noise on the reef
Ningaloo Reef
Reefs at risk
Saving the seas

About the Author

Vassiliki Tzomaka is a designer and illustrator based in Colchester, UK. She has a PhD in illustration from the Centre for Children’s Book Illustration, Cambridge School of Art. For the 'Extreme Environments' series she has drawn on her BSc in chemistry and MA in environmental studies to devise a distinctive visual approach to introducing children to the life in extreme environments.