Marie Louise Fitzpatrick » Award-Winning Irish Writer and Illustrator

You, Me and the Big Blue Sea

A thrilling and humorous ‘I spy’ sailing adventure with sailors falling overboard, whales roaming the ocean, stowaways hiding in lifeboats and captains nodding off to sleep during a storm!

Children will love to join the book’s young hero and witness what really happens on this extraordinary journey.
How can Mother and Aunt Alice NOT notice what’s going on?

Joint winner of the Bisto Book of the Year 2003
Eason’s Book of the Month August 2003
Shortlisted for a UK regional libraries award


‘Fitzpatrick’s palette of watercolours is bright, translucent and eminently child-friendly, creating a child-centred book which is sure to bring delight and entertainment to many.’ Valerie Coghlan, Inis Magazine

‘ This charming, frisky tale begins as a mother reminds her son about a trip they took across the ocean . . . This is a smooth blend of text and art, but the pictures are particularly fine, expertly executed, rich with color, and full of surprises.’ Booklist

‘The repetitive, engaging text has a musical quality and lovely rhythm while the illustrations lend a child’s perspective as readers feel the enormity of the rolling seas and the details of the ship through the discovering eyes of a child.’ School Library Journal

‘A mother underestimates her young son’s memory in Fitzpatrick’s inventive offering. . . (the) illustrations work in tandem with the text and are notable in their attention to detail.  Children will enjoy pointing out the activity in each scene, making this a good choice for lap sharing.’ Kirkus Reviews

Publisher: Gullane UK, 2002
Co-editions: USA, Australia, China


In 2011 You, Me and the Big Blue Sea was chosen by Douglas Library in Cork to be its Book on the Wall. The library is in a mall and every single spread from the book was enlarged and hung in sequence along the corridor which runs from the carpark to the library. A fantastic job was done of englarging the artwork; it looks amazing! Librarian Cherie O’ Sullivan invited me down to ‘open’ the exhibition and do some readings with local kids. Next time you’re in Cork City, go see!