Marli's Tangled Tale Children's Book - Wild Tribe Heroes

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I am so excited to now be stocking these amazing (and signed) children's books! 

These books by Wild Tribe Heroes are the #1 children’s book series tackling the issue of ocean plastics. 

Marli's Tangled Tale takes you to the cool and green cliffs where Marli the Puffin lives with her soon to hatch egg until one day the excitement of the far away town visits in an unexpected way. As hope starts to fade her tangled tale takes a twist just in time for the surprise waiting for her back at home! A positive, inspiring, beautifully illustrated true story about the problem of balloon releases with a happy ending. Loved by children, parents and teachers.

Following on from the success of Duffy’s Lucky Escape, the first book in the Wild Tribe Heroes series,  Marli’s Tangled Tale is the engaging story of the relationship between the actions of humans and wildlife and the dangers they face in their own natural habitats. Marli’s Tangled Tale is perfect as a bedtime story or to share with your school or preschool. 



  • Based on a true story
  • Teaches children the dangers animals face in their natural habitats due to plastic / balloon litter.
  • Beautiful illustrations
  • Signed by the author
  • Printed sustainably in the UK on FSC paper
  • Wild Tribe Heroes have received personal letters of congratulations from Sir David Attenborough and Prince Charles.
  • Books have also been featured on the BBC, in The Guardian, Mail on Sunday and Huffington Post.

Marli’s True Story:

The little puffin which inspired the story of Marli was discovered by a Whitby Whale Watching boat in 2017 floating in the open ocean. The boat operators saw a commotion in the water and after going over to investigate they were horrified to discover a small puffin swimming around in circles with metres of ribbon tangled around her attached to three half deflated balloons. They were able to scoop her up in a net and after several minutes of careful cutting, with a whole crowd of onlookers, the puffin was released back over the side of the boat and happily flew away. The puffin in Marli’s story is not quite so lucky and needs a bit more care from people at the Wildlife Sanctuary.


The books are printed sustainably in the UK on FSC paper.

About the Author:

Ellie Jackson is a mother of four young children who has written a series of books to help educate children about the impact of plastics on ocean ecosystems.

Ellie lives by the sea in Looe, Cornwall, and wrote her first book after living on Magnetic Island in the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, during which time, she and her young family saw a turtle called Duffy being released back into the ocean after a year of treatment for ingesting plastic. “My children and I were transfixed by the sight of this beautiful creature being set free, and subsequently visited a turtle hospital on the mainland to find out more. Once my children had made the link between plastics and turtles they were inspired to pick up litter from beaches so that they could help protect turtles and other sea life.”

In this way, Ellie, an environmental scientist who taught geography for six years, conceived her idea to use children’s books as a way of educating young people about the threat to sea life of our dependence on plastic.

About the Illustrators:

Liz Oldmeadow

Liz Oldmeadow illustrated Duffy’s Lucky Escape and is a multi award winning illustrator and photographer from Port Stephens, a coastal town in NSW, Australia. Liz has always felt a deep connection to the environment and completed a Bachelor of Natural History Illustration at the University of Newcastle in 2007. Liz has been working as an illustrator and photographer for more than 10 years, drawing inspiration from Australian wildlife and landscapes.

Laura Callwood

Laura Callwood is a self taught artist and mother of two boys living in Cornwall and she has had a passion for art from a very young age, enjoying all mediums and styles of painting and drawing. Laura began working professionally in portraiture after the birth of her eldest son 8 years ago but has been working in illustration in more recent years. Laura finds great inspiration in nature, from the wild and windy moors to the beautiful coastal landscapes near her home. Illustration enables Laura to express herself whilst conveying vital messages about the importance of looking after our environment. With illustration this can be done in a gentle and thoughtful way that is easy for children to understand.

Whilst living in Australia, Liz and Ellie became friends at a mother’s group when their sons were babies. A chance discussion over coffee led them to combine their talents and after much hard work and juggling of children, Duffy’s message was ready to be shared.

How they all got together:

Ellie moved back to the UK in 2017 and Liz was no longer able to work on the books due to her growing family. Ellie posted a message on a local facebook group asking for illustrators with an identical style to Liz. This style was important to Ellie as her great great grandfather was a famous naturalist in the early 1900’s, writing and illustrating books about birds, butterflies and exotic animals in incredible scientific detail. Growing up surrounded by his artwork and books, Ellie knew that she wanted a very true to life style in her books.

Laura Callwood sent over her initial sketches of a puffin and Ellie knew Laura could continue in the beautiful style of the first book.  It was important to Ellie that Laura was also a mum of young children as well as living locally in Cornwall and over the past year we have worked on a great collaborative style where Laura has transformed Ellie’s scribbles and sketches into stunning artwork and brought the new books to life.

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