The Great Barrier Thief

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

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One day Anthia’s home on the Great Barrier Reef starts getting hot, VERY hot. Soon all the colour starts disappearing from the Reef!
Join Anthia and her sea creature friends as they find the Great Barrier THIEF and bring the colours back to their underwater home.

Republished ISBN: 978-0-6489640-4-9 (Softcover with Flaps)

New Media:

  • Please listen to Sue reading The Great Barrier Thief Here.
  • Have a look at Sue painting The Great Barrier Thief Here.

New articles:

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.

In 2018 she published her first children’s picture book, “The Great Barrier Thief”, illustrating the impacts of climate change on the Great Barrier Reef, now republished by Little Pink Dog Books. This book was inspired by Sue’s many visits to the Great Barrier Reef where she fell in love with the reef’s beauty, busyness, colour and noise. It is Sue’s hope that her story helps others to fall in love with the reef, as if you fall in love with something you are more likely to want to look after and protect it.

This is the first 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