Bruno was too excited for his jam toast.
Today was his Big Day.
Today, Bruno was going for a swim.
A swim in the sea – the big blue sea.


Illustrated by Meredith Thomas
Ages 3-7
Walker Books Australia
Hardback ISBN: 978 1 921150 49 4
Paperback ISBN: 978 1 925126 33 4


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“Sue Whiting captures all the excitement of looking forward to experiencing something new, and all the trepidation.” Louise Pfanner Junior Books+Publishing

“… This is a sweet, gentle story that explores the theme of fears and overcoming those fears. While it’s a terrific choice for reluctant swimmers, it is also a great pick for young kids who are looking forward to their first summer on the beach. Special mention must be made of Thomas’s superb illustrations … she has captured the movement of water to perfection.” Babyology

“This is a beautifully illustrated book depicting Bruno and his family as they visit the beach for the first time … With summer upon us, this is a great book for children who are scared of the ocean.  Bruno overcomes his fear and enjoys a family day at the beach.”  KP Reading Time 

“… sure to be another timeless classic from Walker Books …” Creative Kids Tales Georgie Donaghey 

” …  a superb little slice of summertime fun and perfect to read with pre-schoolers, beach lovers and those still slightly wary of the surf  …” Boomerang Blog Dimity Powell 



Winner, Speech Pathology Australia, Book of the Year

NSW Premier’s Reading Challenge, Years K-2

Victorian Premier’s Reading Challenge, Years EC-2

SA Premier’s Reading Challenge, Years R-2