No More Plastic by Alma Fullerton. Pajama Press, 2021. 9781772781137
Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4
Genre: Picture book
What did you like about the book? Isley loves the beach, but on the day when she witnesses the death of a right whale on her beach, due to a stomach filled with plastic, she gets angry. She decides to educate her family and her community on ways to use less plastic, from eating ice cream in cones instead of cups, getting the mayor to ban bottled water and helping her mom choose plastic-free products from the store. But people get tired of the effort, and plastic starts to pile up on the beach again. Finally, Isley constructs a huge whale completely from the trash she finds, and then people get it.
I like that, although fictional, the story offers a true to life idea of how to change one’s community, by changing personal and societal practices. The book really takes its subject of plastic pollution seriously – the art is in diorama form, created with actual found plastic waste, acrylic paint, sand and digital elements. It’s cool and important that the art created from plastic waste adds a certain ugliness to the images, truly channeling the importance of reducing its use. Observant readers can point out the photos of sand, plastic bottles, bags and toys within the art. This is a successful and accessible portrayal of the problem for young readers.
An author’s note provides information about the setting (Prince Edward Island) and includes lists of steps kids can take to reduce plastic at home and in the world.
Anything you didn’t like about it? No
To whom would you recommend this book? This is appropriate for story time, and a good way to introduce the topic of pollution in classrooms to ages 3-5.
Who should buy this book? Day care centers, elementary school and public libraries
Where would you shelve it ? Picture books
Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Stephanie Tournas, Robbins Library, Arlington, MA
Date of review: May 4, 2021