Nearly 400,000 square kilometers of dazzling color, intricate ecosystems and unique creatures large and small: The Great Barrier Reef is one of the great natural wonders of our world.

Vibrant, dynamic illustrations illuminate this enchanting place, its animal inhabitants, and the peoples who have embraced it as a centerpiece of their cultures. Learn all about how the reef came to be, its place in the world, and perhaps most importantly, what we can all do to help ensure that the Great Barrier Reef will be around for countless future generations to discover!


Helen Scales is a writer, marine biologist, broadcaster and scuba diver whose work focuses on oceans and their inhabitants. She has a masters degree in Tropical Coastal Management from Newcastle University, and a PhD from Cambridge University.

Lisk Feng is an award-winning illustrator who lives in New York. She has received awards from the Society of Illustrators and Communication Arts, among others, for work for the New York Times, Monocle, Time Out and more.


This riveting account of the Great Barrier Reef by a Cambridge marine biologist, full of astonishing facts and colourfully and accurately depicted by an award-winning illustrator is eye-opening.

Sunday Times

One of the planet’s greatest natural wonders twinkles and beguiles in this charming book. Like all the best children’s illustrated non-fiction, there is enough here to interest and surprise grown-ups too, but never at the expense of concision or clarity.

As ever with Flying Eye’s well designed books, the text is clear and accessible and written clearly, and Lisk Feng’s illustration is utterly captivating.


The Great Barrier Reef is an absolutely beautiful and informative book. … Rich in information and colour this is a must for your bookshelf and a perfect book for a gift. … A beauty , with such an amazing design. A total work of art.


The information is easy to digest and well explained. A wonderful addition to a home, class, school or public library.

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