Zobi and the Zoox: A Story of Coral Bleaching

Wednesday 04 July 2018
5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
In store at Avid Reader Bookshop
Register until 04 July 2018 5:30 PM

PLEASE NOTE: This event commences at 5:30pm. Printed tickets are not issued and your booking will be on a door list under your surname. 

Zobi and the Zoox is a story about coral bleaching, told by the tiniest creatures on the reef – microbes living in a single coral polyp.

With her home under threat from a warming ocean, Zobi, a brave rhizobia bacterium, teams up with a family of slow but steady zoox (zooxanthellae). As the coral bleaches, everyone begins to starve... Can Zobi and the zoox work together to save the day?

Zobi and the Zoox is the first in the new Small Friends Books series: Stories of Partnership and Cooperation in Nature – created by Ailsa Wild, Aviva Reed, Briony Barr & Gregory Crocetti, and co-published by CSIRO Publishing and Scale Free Network.

This beautifully illustrated science-adventure story, set on the Great Barrier Reef, was originally published in 2015, but has been extensively re-written and revised to delight and captivate primary-school aged readers.

Join three members of the Small Friends Books team for this family-friendly launch event, featuring guest speaker and story consultant Professor Linda Blackall, a Q&A session, story reading and coral-inspired collaborative drawing, set against a symbiotic soundscape by Brisbane duo - Brainbeau. 

Zobi and the Zoox is exquisite.’ Robyn Williams, ABC Science Show.
‘I felt like I was a piece of coral and I was just watching all these little things going on in the mucus. I really felt like I was a part of it.’ Bodhi Harper, age 11