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Barroux tackles ocean pollution in the stunning follow-up to the critically acclaimed Where's the Elephant? - recommended by The Guardian, Sunday Times and The Sun. Find the whale, the clownfish and the starfish on every page - until the piles of rubbish start to make it much too difficult. Both a Where's Wally-style spotting game and a striking work of art, this almost wordless tale puts the power back in the hands (or fins) of the natural world, with a boldly beautiful twist ending. With an insight and warmth comparable to Frann Preston-Gannon's The Journey Home, Barroux has created an astoundingly powerful modern classic that promises to be remembered for generations to come. The perfect way to introduce the topic of the environment to boys and girls aged 3 and over. Barroux's books include Uncle John and the Giant Cherry Tree, which won him the 2005 Enfantaisie Award, and the extraordinary Line of Fire, Diary of An Unknown Soldier which has received widespread critical acclaim. In 2015 Barroux won the first Parents, Babies, a Book competition for his work Chuut! which will be given to every newborn baby in the north of France. His book Where's the Elephant? has been nominated for the Kate Greenway Medal 2016.

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24th May '16
I read it to Tubs aged 3 aged 3 & to Lexi aged 1 aged 1
Where's the Starfish? 9781405280082
5 stars
We won this book in a giveaway, but would probably have chosen it anyway! My boys adored the bright bold colours on every page, as well as the challenge of spotting a jellyfish, clown fish, and starfish on each double page. This book is such fun to look at, and every page pops. While my boys are perhaps a little young for the book's message regarding rubbish in the sea, my older son was aware of the accumulating waste and how it was making the animals sad. I look forward to helping them understand the environment through this book as they get older. It's a thumbs up from us!
24th May '16
I read it to Agill aged 2 aged 2
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5 stars
My son is only 2 but he really loved this book.  The illustrations are incredible and I love the fact that it tells a story without the need for words.  My son loved looking for the things on every page and we talked about why it's important to put rubbish in the bin.  Since reading the book he is always asking to put stuff in the bucket once he is finished with something.  I would highly recommend this book .
16th June '16
I read it to RoseM aged 6 aged 6 & to ClaraM aged 3 aged 3
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5 stars
This is a very simple but effective book - beautifully illustrated.
It presents a very important message in such an accessible way and really started a discussion with my six and three year old about the effects of ocean pollution and what we can do about it.
20th May '16
I read it to Little Boscott aged 3 aged 3
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5 stars
At first I thought this book would be like Find Wally which to some extent it is but it's more than that. The book has no words, just pictures but it tells a powerful and important message which is portrayed to children in a an excellent way because it is the children who recognise the full meaning on each page without being told by the words of an author. As I looked at this book with Callum who is almost 4 yrs old he began to notice that with each page the number of fish in the picture got less and less, then he noticed the everyday items that had been put in the sea. This evoked amazing discussion with such a small child on pollution and how it affects the fish. He looked at all the things that had been thrown in the sea and we talked about where they should go when we no longer need or can use them.. This has also encouraged him to look at pollution in the hedges and fields when we walk and how it affects the wildlife there. This was such a simple book but gave such a powerful, thought provoking message, well done to the author.
7th June '16
I read it to BellaCam aged 4 aged 4 & to LeoCam aged 1 aged 1
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5 stars
What a brilliant book! You don't need words to see that there is a sad problem building up in this book.... people putting rubbish in the ocean. My 4 1/2 year old noticed that right away as the fish were going away. This made her sad until there is a happy ending. We have really enjoyed playing find the starfish/jellyfish/clownfish. My 19mth old has joined in too playing spot "nemo". A lovely bright coloured book with a strong message. we love it.
9th May '16
I read it to Scatty Noo aged 6 aged 6 & to Fifi aged 4 aged 4
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5 stars
When I saw this book initially I thought it was going to be a bit like 'Where's Wally'. The girls weren't disappointed either! It was like an easy version of 'Where's Wally' which the girls loved. As we read on it became apparent it was a little bit more than a search and find the starfish. As we read on the girls noticed the pile of rubbish building up on the right hand page. Scarlett was quick to point out it was 'pollution'. She has been hot on rubbish and taking it home to put in a binRead Full Review lately so I think she must be covering it at school. She pointed out that it was bad and we discussed the repercussions it could have on the fish and the sea life. Eleanor commented that the fish had 'no space' and the more rubbish that was being put in meant less fish could survive. A really great book to help raise awareness early about pollution. As we read through the book it encouraged more and more conversation on the knock on effects of pollution. We spoke about how less fish would affect the human population, where the rubbish should go and what happens to the rubbish when it's taken to the right place, the tip. We won't spoil the ending but it certainly made the girls giggle! A lovely book with beautiful illustrations. One we will read time and time again. Well done Barroux for combining great illustrations, a lovely little story and an awareness for our environment all in one book.
21st June '16
I read it to MrD aged 3 aged 3 & to MissE aged 2 aged 2
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5 stars
This is a lovely book that works on a couple of levels.
My daughter is *really* into spot the style books so she enjoyed spotting the starfish (and clown fish and jellyfish). The book takes the reader on a journey as we see the effects of litter on marine life.
With my older child I was able to have a more in depth discussion about why the fish were declining as we turned each page and it's a really clever way to explain the effects of not looking after our environment properly.
The illustrations are lovely and clear and there is much to talk about on each page.
29th November '16
I read it to Rose505 aged 2 aged 2
Where's the Starfish? 9781405280082
4 stars
This is similar to the classic Where's Wally books. I personally didn't find the illustrations appealing though my little girl did enjoy looking for each sealife animal.

The book flows well without words and we make up the story as we go.
29th May '16
I read it to JessicaLee aged 3 aged 3
Where's the Starfish? 9781405280082
3 stars
This book is beautifully illustrated, but I don't really enjoy it.  
Having said that, Jess (age 3) does like the book.  She talks through what's happening and tells us that the fish are sad because there's so much rubbish.  She also enjoys finding the starfish on each page.
So, I wouldn't recommend it, but I suspect Jess would!
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About Barroux

Severine Vidal is the author of more than 50 books, comics and digital books for readers aged preschool to young adult. Previously a schoolteacher, she teaches writing workshops. She lives in France. Award-winning illustrator Barroux studied photography, art, sculpture, and architecture before becoming an art director in Paris, New York and Montreal. His awa...

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