Lobstah Gahden: Speak out against pollution with a wicked awesome Boston accent! – Alli Brydon and EG Keller, Illustrated by EG Keller. Sourcebooks, 2021. 9781728232461
Rating: (1-5) (5 is an excellent or starred review) 5
Genre: Picture Book
What did you like about the book? Walt’s lifelong dream is to win the Swell Gahden’s competition. However, every year his neighbor, Milton comes in first place. The two horticulturally determined lobsters compete to win the best garden prize until waves of trash begin to fall into one another’s gardens. Ahem, GAH-DENS, accusing each other, the Lobsters continue to fight until they finally catch sight of the culprit. A Chow-Dah boat that is dumping heaps of trash into the ocean. Walt and Milton, after finding the source of the garden’s ruins, come together to solve a common problem, and prevent the ‘chowdahs’ from dumping trash in the ocean again. Although there is still only one winner, both gardens are now pollution free.
The artistic style of the illustrations and the creative way of exploring ocean pollution made this such a fun book with a bigger purpose. The notable Boston accent engages the reader as they sound through phonetics and the sounds and sights of New England along an interesting underwater plot. Following the story are detailed pages of advice on how to fight pollution in addition to scientific sources and data. What a great way to teach kids about pollution and littering and how they can help.
Anything you didn’t like about it? No
To whom would you recommend this book? I would recommend this book to any child of kindergarten to elementary age. Readers of environmental impact and a passion for wildlife.
Who should buy this book? Public, elementary, daycares and pre-k libraries.
Where would you shelve it? Picture books
Should we (librarans/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? For children, yes.
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City, and State: Keeva George, Marstons Mills Public Library, Marstons Mills, Massachusetts.
Date of review: 07/16/2021