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The Blue Giant

Katie Cottle

Pavilion Children’s


ISBN: 9781843654513

Price: £6.99

Publication date: 6 August 2020

Category: Picture Books

An entertaining and beautiful eco-tale from the winner of the Batsford Prize 

Meera and her mum are enjoying a break at the seaside. Until…

…a creature emerges from the waves. It’s a giant. A blue giant. It has a stirring plea to help clean up the ocean and save the sea creatures from the menace of plastic waste.

Meera and her mum agree to help. But they can’t do it alone… can they?

A poignant and timely picture book that introduces children to the issues of pollution, waste management and the oceans, with suggestions of lifestyle changes to help the world become a better, cleaner place. 


Katie is an illustrator and print-maker living and working in Bristol, UK. Her work is often informed by the marks and colours created through traditional lithography. She also works digitally, using an iPad, and occasionally paints with gouache.

Katie won the Batsford Prize for Children’s Book Illustration. She has also received the ‘Highly Commended’ accolade at the Macmillan Prize for Illustration on numerous occasions. She received a ‘One to Watch’ award at D&AD New Blood in 2017. 



'This beautiful story gently introduces children to the compelling issue of rubbish in our seas ... perfect for using in school ... A delightful story full of lovely illustrations.'


'A very timely, beautifully told story, with a simple narrative highlighting a very important message – the seas need our help.'