Zobi and the Zoox
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This book is about a symbiotic relationship.It tells the story of the microscopic friends living in a tiny 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). The coral becomes gravely ill and bacteria around them begin to starve.Can Zobi and the Zoox work together to save the day?Zobi and the Zoox is the second in the Small Friends series - stories of symbioses between microbes and larger forms of life.


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.


“Aviva Reed’s wonderfully liquid illustrations infuse the microbial world with life, colour and a sense of movement; they clearly communicate the complexities of an interconnected and interdependent ecosystem.”
Reading Time (The Children's Book Council of Australia)

“The foundation of all science is enquiry, and this book will encourage readers to wonder about the world, and desire to know more.”
Margaret Kett, former librarian and founder of KettleStitchPress

“Scale Free Network’s production of The Squid, the Vibrio & the Moon and Zobi and the Zoox represents a fundamental shift towards the development of a new and transformative ecological imagination in children and adults alike. Each book tells an engaging story for sure, but what is exceptional about these stories is that they weave together complex and ongoing narratives about the worlds of art, science, technology, society and culture, politics, ecology and ethics to name a few. These books are exemplary of an important philosophy of education: do not assume that anything is so ‘grown-up’ that it is beyond children’s understanding; and do not assume that anything is so childish that it is no longer within the reach of adults.”
Dr. Maurizio Toscano, Lecturer in Science Education, Melbourne Graduate School of Education

“When I was reading the book (Zobi and the Zoox), I felt like I was a piece of coral near Darian, and I was just watching all these little things and animals and little business going on in the mucus and inside Darian. I really felt like I was a part of it.”
Bodhi Harper, 12