Ningaloo bubbles with inspiration

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Artist and author Sadie James launched her new children's book, The Bubble, at Froth Craft Brewery in Exmouth.
Camera IconArtist and author Sadie James launched her new children's book, The Bubble, at Froth Craft Brewery in Exmouth.

A Ningaloo-based artist has made her second foray in to the world of writing after launching a new book, The Bubble, on Friday.

Sadie James, who is based in Coral Bay, officially released her new children’s book at Froth Craft Brewery in Exmouth, with the release also serving as a fundraiser for Dementia Australia.

The Bubble tells the story of a parrot fish who makes a mucus bubble to sleep in at night and after having a nightmare, doesn’t want to leave his bubble in the morning.

James, pictured, said the book has three levels to it.

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“It’s an entertaining story with a fart joke which kids love, but it’s also educational and has an underlying mental health message,” she said.

“There’s a run-down of the fish and other creatures that you can find on the Ningaloo Reef, such as manta rays, wobbegongs and octopuses.”

The Bubble is a follow-up to her first book, The Whale Shark Song, which was released in 2016.

James said all of her inspiration comes from the Ningaloo Reef.

“When I go snorkelling I have these ideas and these characters just sort of form.,” she said.

“I have complete editorial control and the artistic process I use is really quite cathartic.”

The book is close to home for Sadie, with it written for her mum who had Alzheimer’s and died a few weeks ago.

“A portion of the profit from every book sold will be donated to Dementia Austria,” she said.

“My hope is that by the time any kid reading this book is at the age of my mum, Alzheimer’s won’t be something they have to worry about.”

The Bubble is available in various shops between Exmouth and Carnarvon and a website will be launching soon.

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