Cranky Frankie And The Oceans Of Trash

International Publication Dates:
Australia & New Zealand: 2nd Feb 2022
UK, USA & Canada: 1st Feb 2023

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Frankie can’t splash when her home is full of trash, so when she finds out she’s not the only one tangled in marine debris she gets CRANKY and searches for a way to clean up the oceans of trash. 

ISBN: 978-0-6486528-3-0  (Softcover with Flaps)

New Articles:

  • Lovely to see this amazing interview with Dr Sue Pillans featured by Biotechniques in the UK (The International Journal of Life Sciences).

Other Media:

  • Please have a look at this video story of the making of Cranky Frankie and the oceans of trash Here.

Illustrations from the book:



About the AuthorstratorDr Sue Pillans (aka. Dr Suzie Starfish)

Dr Sue Pillans has always been drawn to the ocean and has many fond memories of going to the beach, snorkelling and interacting with nature as a child. Sue has been drawing and telling stories about the natural world since she was young and she grew up to become a marine scientist, artist and author who still loves sharing her stories through words and pictures in her creative business “Picture your ideas”.

Sue’s deep devotion for the ocean is also shared through her alter ego, Dr Suzie Starfish, who uses the art of marine science and storytelling to engage, excite, empower and educate children about our underwater wonders. As an ‘Authorstrator’ (Author/Illustrator) Dr Suzie Starfish draws attention to environmental issues to bring the living oceans into the hearts and minds of young readers.

Cranky Frankie and the oceans of trash” illustrates the impacts of marine debris on our oceans and the sea creatures that live there. This story also draws attention to the far reaching consequences of plastic pollution. Sue’s illustration ‘inspiration’ for this book was quickly replaced with her illustration ‘irritation’ as she kept ‘sea-ing’ our beaches, waterways and oceans full of trash…. which made her cranky!

This is the second in a series of ocean picture books by Dr Suzie Starfish which are based on science with messages of solutions and hope that we can all be the change we want to ‘sea’ in the world.

When Sue isn’t drawing out ideas you will find her at the beach or underwater getting her vitamin sea. Sue also has her ‘pawsome’ creative companions by her side throughout this creative journey.

You can dive in and follow Dr Sue’s visual storytelling via her website and as Dr Suzie Starfish on Facebook