The Squid The Vibrio & The Moon
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This book is about a symbiotic relationship. It tells the story of the bobtail squid and the bacteria that helps it glow in the moonlight. First we meet Ali, an intrepid Vibrio fischeri bacterium determined to reach safety. Then we meet Sepio, a baby bobtail squid who is still unable to glow. His dark shape is too obvious in the moonlit water and all kinds of predators lurk nearby.
Can Ali and Sepio help each other?
What kind of dangers do they face?
What can we learn from their adventure?


Ailsa Wild is the author of the successful Squishy Taylor series which was launched in 2016 and has already sold more than 60,000 copies. Squishy Taylor is for 6-10 year olds, about the adventures of daredevil, problem-solving Squishy and her bonus sisters (published by Hardie Grant Egmont).They will be published in the USA, UK and Spain in 2017. Ailsa is a writer, performer and community artist who loves collaboration. She makes stories with scientists, musicians, kids and circus performers. Her first publications, with Small Friends Books, are science adventures starring microbes, molecules and mucus, where the bacteria are the heroes. She is the co-director of Teacup Tumble Physical Theatre who have performed their science-inspired shows ‘It’s not Circus It’s Science’ and ‘Dimensional’ across regional Victoria, Tasmania and NSW. Her work has appeared in Meanjin, The Monthly and on stages across Australia. She has a Masters of Creative Media (creative writing) from RMIT and years of collaboration under her belt.


“ I read your first book The Squid the Vibrio & the Moon to my four-year-old grandson and he was absolutely riveted. As soon as I finished, he demanded that I read it again. He was swept up by the story, the incredible characters in it and wonders of the relationships that have evolved. I look forward to the series to come.”
— David Suzuki (Scientist, environmentalist and broadcaster)

“Truth is stranger than fiction, and science truth is stranger than science fiction: Here is an adventure story as inspiring as any fairy tale—an epic tale of symbiosis which teaches children (and grownups!) ethics, ecology, and survival—and also happens to be true!”
— Dorion Sagan, author - Cosmic Apprentice: Dispatches from the Edges of Science)

“An epic story of a world so far from our own - so close to our own - told with majesty and exquisitely illustrated. The Squid, the Vibrio and the Moon gives the young reader everything they could want and much more: action, emotion, high drama and information, that explains with verve the interconnected story of life on another scale - and generates more questions as it fuels curiosity, ignites imaginations. This is narrative non-fiction at its best: a perfect bridge for primary-aged children to move from the relative safety of Story, to the often intimidating world of Information. Story is in our DNA - it is how we make sense of the world we observe/ experience from the micro to the macroscopic level. It enables us to connect to that world emotionally. The Squid, the Vibrio and the Moon does this beautifully. Our 200 grade 3/4 students continue to wonder and question and talk with excitement and authority(!) about the key players of a story that has changed how they see and know the world. We look forward to what comes next!”
— Nadja, Teacher in the Library, St Joseph's Primary School.