Dart and Dive Across the Reef

Vassiliki Tzomaka

Journey to some of the oceans’ busiest coral reefs and discover the remarkable variety of marine life that live there.


This journey through the world’s coral reefs uncovers the incredible codependencies between fish, marine animals, and the underwater landscape. Across thirteen unique reef locations in tropical and cold waters, readers will discover the rich variety of marine life that rely on coral reefs for their survival. Along the way, they will encounter corals, turtles, fish, crustaceans, and marine mammals, casting new light on the remarkable diversity of reef habitats. Focus spreads zoom in on animals such as clown fish, who can survive safely among the stinging tentacles of an anemone, while infographics help explain the many dangers faced by creatures that inhabit coral reefs. By taking a scientific approach to illustrated nonfiction, this book raises awareness of the new challenges faced by our oceans in a way that makes nature fascinating, engaging, and deeply impressive to young children.


Vassiliki Tzomaka


Vassiliki Tzomaka is a designer and illustrator based in Colchester, UK, and the author of Hoot and Howl Across the Desert. She has a PhD in illustration from the Centre for Children’s Book Illustration, Cambridge School of Art. For this series, she has drawn on her BS in chemistry and MA in environmental studies to devise a distinctive visual approach to introducing children to life in extreme environments.