We have created an illustrated storybook about the beautiful symbiosis between the Hawaiian Bobtail squid, Euprymna scolopes, and the bioluminescent bacteria, Vibrio fischeri.
Our 1st Edition of The Squid, the Vibrio & the Moon sold out within a fortnight of the interview with Robyn Williams on the ABC Radio National Science Show.We have now re-printed the book on beautiful matte paper (100% recycled stock & green energy) and added a spine! HOW CAN I BUY A COPY? Probably the quickest way to order a copy of our book is to log in, or create an account with Pozible. Once logged in, look for the ‘rewards’ down the right hand side of our shop site and choose from the options there. It’s $19.95 per book, plus shipping. There are discounts if you order three or more. You can pay using credit cards or paypal. However, if you have any trouble with the Pozible site (above), try our ScaleFreePublishing website. Or if you’d simply prefer to speak to someone directly, don’t hesitate to call us to order a book. We can arrange this through direct bank deposit or a cheque payment. Simply call Gregory on 0403 733 628 email us at scalefreenetwork[at]gmail.com
Our storybook is also available in a growing number of bookshops around Australia. Here’s a list of our stockists.And if you’re a library or bookshop, please get in touch with our stockist – INT Books. (You can look up the book using the ISBN – 978 099 258 7208) Book Overview The book was created by Dr Gregory Crocetti, written by Ailsa Wild and illustrated by Aviva Reed. Briony Barr was the art director and storyboarder for the book, also created the scientific illustrations for the science section. Professor Linda Blackall contributed to the book research and also liaised with the McFall-Ngai lab to check for scientific accuracy (*Margaret McFall-Ngai is THE most important microbiologist in the Squid-Vibrio symbiosis field!). Many thanks also to: to our amazing graphic designer Jaye Carcary; science writer Beth Askham; proof reader Jill Farrar; and Theresa Harrison for taking the ace photos of our completed books!!
We hope this beautifully illustrated book will inspire children and adults about our small friends in the microscopic world.
Rich in visual details and scientific content, over a simple storyline about the adventure of a young bacterium ‘Ali’, her friend ‘Mai’, and the newborn bobtail squid ‘Sepio’ – all watched over by the moon.
Scale Free Network have worked for many years to reveal the details usually hidden in the microscopic world to children and adults – largely in the hope that they will better appreciate and hopefully love these small friends.
This book is the first in the Microbial Symbiosis Storytelling Project – with the working name ‘Small Friends’ for the book series. We hope this first book demonstrates our commitment to telling positive stories about microorganisms through some of the (mostly) positive symbiotic roles they play in every ecosystem on earth (including our own bodies).
Stay tuned for our coral symbiosis storybook in coming weeks!!!
About the Microbial Symbiosis Storytelling Project
The Microbial Symbiosis Storytelling Project tells stories of microorganisms (bacteria, fungi, viruses) and the intimate relationships they form with larger forms of life. Each story combines engaging written narrative and beautiful illustrations inspired by rich scientific concepts. The books promote the idea that cooperation is a dominant paradigm of nature, not just competition. They portray microbes in a positive light, countering misguided hysteria around germs and hygiene.
The theme of symbiosis is reflected in the creative team behind the storybook, comprised of a writer, illustrator and microbial ecologist who will work with active scientists, all coordinated by Scale Free Network. The combined work of these collaborators explains these natural phenomena in a way that no single person could do on their own.