Join the No-Plastic Challenge! A First Book of Reducing Waste – by Scot Ritchie

   Join the No-Plastic Challenge! A First Book of Reducing Waste – by Scot Ritchie, Kids Can Press, 9781525302404, 2019

Format: Hardcover

Rating:  1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4

What did you like about the book? Nick and his friends are going to an island for a picnic, and Nick challenges them to not use any single-use plastics for the whole day. Readers follow the group as they prepare for their picnic, packing reusable water bottles, plates, and utensils. While on the ferry boat, they see plastic garbage in the water and learn how it affects the wildlife. There are many great ideas for how kids and families can use less single-use plastic and advocate for changes at their local stores and in their community. Each page has questions or suggestions to consider what they can do. At the same time, the author makes sure that kids consider multiple perspectives, reminding us that plastic is used for wheelchairs and that some people with disabilities need straws to drink independently. The focus of the book is more educational than actually telling the story about Nick and his friends, but is definitely engaging. 

Anything you did not like about the book. The font and illustration style make this book look like it was published in the 1990s or early 2000s. (I know that’s not so important, but does give the book a certain impression.) 

To whom would you recommend this book? Kids who are already interested in the environment. It would also be a great book for a teacher to read with a class when learning about the environment.

Who should buy this book? Elementary school librarians, public librarians

Where would you shelve it? Nonfiction (300s)

Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Sarah Bickel, Greenlodge Elementary School, Dedham Massachusetts

Date of review: Sept. 21, 2019


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