Author(s): Collette Dinnigan
Louie and Snippy: Save the Sea is a story of a little boy whose love of the ocean takes him, and the reader, on an incredible underwater journey. Louie and his trusty companion, Snippy the dog, dive into the ocean and are surrounded by brilliant coral reefs. But they soon discover that human rubbish - bottles, plastic straws and plastic bags - have trapped fish and other creatures. What will Louie be inspired to do?
CBCA 2020 Shortlist
CBCA Award for New Illustrators
A simple story that highlights the ecological problem of plastic rubbish in the ocean. The illustrations augment and enhance the story premise and with just the use of coloured pencils, the visual result is outstanding. The illustrations are engaging, perceptive, distinctive in style, giving a depth to the story, lifting it to a higher level. This must be acknowledged for a first-time picture book illustrator. Choice of colours is distinctive on each page and special effects make this book a work of art. In particular, there is a page of mainly blues that depicts a school of fish in tessellation similar to Escher and a page of mainly red tones that is artistically effective. Movement is captured with intensity and characterisation portrays individuality and feeling. This is an illustrator to watch out for.