Anemone is not the Enemy

A funny tale of mishap, misunderstanding, and the search for true friendship in an ocean rockpool.

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About the book

Publisher notes

  • Publication date: 3 November 2020
    ISBN: 9781922310118
    Format (h x w): 290mm × 220mm
    Extent: 32pp
    Category: Hardback
    RRP: AU $24.99
    Rights held: World

  • Publication date: 12 August 2021
    ISBN: 9781913348465
    Format (h x w): 290mm × 220mm
    Extent: 32pp
    Category: Hardback
    RRP: AU $24.99
    Rights held: World

  • Publication date: 1 June 2021
    ISBN: 9781950354511
    Format (h x w): 290mm × 220mm
    Extent: 32pp
    Category: Hardback
    RRP: AU $24.99
    Rights held: World

Description

‘I’m trying to make friends, not enemies. So why do I always sting everyone?’

Anemone lives alone in the rock pool. The tide comes in and the tide goes out.

All Anemone wants is a friend, but friends are hard to make when you accidentally sting everyone who comes near you.

Perhaps Clownfish has a solution to the problem . . .

Reviews

‘Even someone socially awkward can find a friend. A habit of stinging keeps lonely Anemone from making friends, but for a clownfish, Anemone is just the right companion…(The last fact will be familiar to anyone who’s seen Disney’s Finding Nemo.)…Attentive readers will be intrigued.’
Kirkus

‘This is a nice fable about befriending someone who is a little different and also plays with the concept that there’s a right friend for everyone…This would be a good read aloud for children ages 4–8…A good addition to the SEL (Social Emotional Learning) toolkit as well as being factually accurate on the special symbiosis between these two species.’
Youth Services Book Review

‘This book is fabulous. And all I’m seeing right now with kids is that the need for social-emotional learning is overriding everything else. So while it’s a simple, bright, cute as heck book about an anemone and tides- it’s so much more than that.’
@ashspeedteaches

Shortlisted for the 2021 CBCA Book of The Year: Early Childhood.

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Reviews

‘This fun and funny picture book tells the story of Anemone who lives in a rock pool and desperately wants a friend … The digitally produced illustrations add so much to this title, from the eye catching neon pink used for the title, endpapers, and titular character to the simple yet sweetly drawn and coloured sea horse, starfish, and sea cucumber … I would highly recommend Anemone is not the Enemy for young readers especially those interested in the natural world.’
—Anne Varnes, Reading Time

‘[Anenome is not the Enemy’s] dappled art has an appropriately aquatic feel, with the gentle blue of the tides interrupted by the neon zaps of Anemone’s stingers. McGregor visually includes simple marine life facts into the backdrop of Anemone’s dilemma and then expands upon them in the ‘Fun Facts’ backmatter, making this a mini-science lesson wrapped in a sweet friendship story.’
Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

‘This is, at first glance, a very simple, quite quirky and humorous picture book, with minimal text and appealing, colourful, digitally produced illustrations. But it is also a fascinating introduction to life in a rock pool: who lives there, who visits when the tide comes in, who is stung by the anemone and who it can form a symbiotic relationship with.’
—Margaret Hamilton, Books+Publishing