Ducks Overboard! A True Story of Plastic in Our Oceans by Markus Motum


Ducks Overboard! A True Story of Plastic in Our Oceans by Markus Motum. Candlewick Press, 2021. 9781536217728

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

Format:  Hardcover

Genre:  non-fiction Picture book

What did you like about the book?   This story follows a duck made at a factory in China as it is boxed and loaded in a container and loaded on a ship. The container breaks when it falls off the ship so the duck and his plastic pals float out through the vast ocean. This great nonfiction book shows how important it is to clean up our planet. The simple and vibrant illustrations bring the story to life as the duck travels along.

Anything you didn’t like about it? The only thing that bothered me was that the black text was at times difficult to read on some of the dark blue ocean pictures.

To whom would you recommend this book?  Children 5-10 years old

Who should buy this book?  Public libraries and elementary school libraries

Where would you shelve it? 363.738

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

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City:  Vicky Tandy, Athol Public Library, Athol, MA

Date of review:   September 21, 2021

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