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Plastic Sucks! You Can Make A Difference

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An eye-opening look at plastic, how we use it and how we dispose of it.. Dougie Poynter (of Mcfly fame) has long had an interest in the effects of plastic on the planet and has spent time interviewing scientists, campaigners and researchers about their roles, hints and tips. These interviews are accompanied by facts about plastic use and recycling, top tips and swaps that can be made around the home.

I really enjoyed reading this and made lots of mental notes about swaps I can make as products I have at the moment come to an end. I think there is something in here for everyone to learn, from young children to older generations. I’ll be passing some of the ideas on to our eco-council at school!
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Dougie Poynter (a member of McFly band) comes back with his new book. It's still a book for children but this time non fiction about greener way of living and saving our planet. I love Dougie's sense of humour and lightness of writing. This book is perfect and so much needed! It's great to educate children about the importance of being eco. I wholeheartedly recommend!
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I found it very enlightening and inspiring.  Especially about microbeads and the consumption of single-use plastics. This is a small difference I could make in my own life.
It had a fun format and the message of the book was executed well.
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This is such an important book, and a perfect way to get younger audiences to care for the planet! I loved how informative, and also how fun it was. The ways Dougie suggests to change into a better lifestyle are so simple and easy, it was just a brilliant book!
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A great book that really teaches about the environment and what plastic does to it.
Aimed at children, young adults it’s written well and easy to understand with a very important message that everyone could do with reading about.
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Plastic Sucks! by Dougie Poynter is an eye-opening and informative book as about how plastic is ruining the environment. It also informs you of alternatives to plastic that you can use in your day-to-day life. Plastic Sucks! but this book certainly does not!
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What a fabulous book. I personally feel we need to find a way to give a copy of this to all KS2 and KS3 students. 
Written in a fun and easy way to digest. 
Using books like this with help us all to do our bit for the environment. Fabulous book
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Another book about the damage plastic is doing to our environment and quite frankly there aren’t enough of these. While this does repeat key important messages (like how much single use plastic we use - as this is a very important message that needs repeating), this book is different to a lot of books I’ve read on this subject before. I love how Dougie has made quotes and facts stand out to the audience so they remember key things like you aren’t too small to make a difference. It’s great how he’s interviewed people who are already making a difference giving the reader something to look up to. Also he has provided websites for the reader to do their own research on products he talks about. I will definitely be purchasing this book for my class when it’s released.
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Thank you to Pan Macmillan and NetGalley for an early copy of this book. 

Whilst I am not the target demographic for this book, I thoroughly enjoyed it. The art style and colour palette both worked really well and the messaging was easy to consume without being "dumbed" down for a younger audience. 

I am really glad to see the surge in books regarding this topic and it is wonderful to see some of these works aimed towards children, it is an accessible way to share learnings and advice to the next generation and I hope that books like this make a difference. 

Will definitely be buying a hard copy of this for the little people in my life. 

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Whilst this marketed as a children’s/teen book, I actually think we could all do from reading it! It’s got some super positive messages, and I actually found it really interesting (as you can hopefully see from the pictures). Especially as a teacher, but also just as a human, I think it’s great that someone with an already existing high profile is using it for the greater good to educate the next generation and help them save the planet! An informative read.
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A fantastic read with lots of practical tips for reducing our plastic use and helping to protect the planet. There's lots of information about plastic, and interviews with activists and scientists working on the problem, all in kid friendly language and with plenty of great illustrations. This is going to be a great one to recommend to schools and the like.
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This is a very bright, down to earth and relevant book from one of the McFly boys. It identifies problems that the world is facing, it explains why it’s a problem before offering solutions.

It feels gender neutral and would be perfect to use for ks3 science and geography. It’s a good way of getting young ones into StEM and environmental issues without it feeling like ‘school ool’.
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First and foremost, I am thrilled that more books about caring for our precious environment are being released for children. The children in my class are fascinated by how they can save our planet and reduced use of single use plastics and I know this is a book they'd love to read.

The dedication to Sir David Attenborough at the start of the book couldn't be more fitting. I thought this was a wonderful tribute.

The book is bright, colourful and presented in an appropriate way for children. The language used is appropriate for children in Year 3+ (7 years+) I would suggest. There are lots of fun jokes as well as plenty of factual information to engage young readers.

My only critique of the book is that it becomes repetitive, especially the format of the interviews. After a while as an adult I began to switch off and I know that younger readers may do the same. There are quite sizeable chunks of text which I know would deter quite a few potential readers from choosing this book. If the quantity of interviews towards the end of the book was reduced and the paragraphs were separated more, I think this would appeal to far more readers.

Overall, I think it's fantastic that books are being created on this subject especially by famous authors like Dougie Poynter. I hope to see more like this in the future!
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*Disclaimer: I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*

First off , can I say that I love that books on this topic are being published. I've seen a few around recently. 

This one is a great introduction for kids. It introduces what plastic is, where we can find it and how and why we should reduce our usage of it. As a non-child myself, I have to say there was no new information in there but if I put my child hat on, it was a pretty good read. The pages were both informative but eye catching. The statistics and main messages stood out. 

However, there were pages that held clumps of text that, as a young reader, I don't think I'd find as attractive. This can also be said for the interviews contained in the book. The same format is given for each interview, meaning I got bored of the same questions after a while. in fact, I discovered which two questions I liked reading most and found myself only reading most people's answers to those two questions. 

Overall, a solid 3*s from me. I'd definitely start reading books aimed at this topic. Probably one aimed at adults next.
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Just wow! What an inspiring book. This book is aimed at young people and it is written perfectly for them. The language is set at just the right level. It tackles difficult aspects at a level kids will understand. It includes information boxes to explain some science, which are simplified yet accurate (I'm a science teacher and vouch for them 😉). The best part of this book, I think, is the part of ways you can swap plastics out in different rooms of your house. I am definitely inspired. I also liked the section that described the different types of plastics and how easy or difficult they are to recycle. However, I do feel that the cluster of interviews towards the end may seem a little tedious for the target audience. When, nearer the beginning of the book, the interviews were scattered I feel that children will be more likely to read them. I know it must be hard to have so many inspirational people that have so many amazing things to say and include them all, and they really did say some amazing things. I'm hoping I can get a copy of this for the school library as soon as!

What will you swap out?
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I’ve been waiting to read this book since I herd about it. I’m a huge Dougi fan but wasn’t sure wether this book would be 100% for me after learning it is aimed at kids. However once I started reading it I realised anyone can pick it up. I have a learning disability and struggle with retaining a lot of information at once so what I love about this book is that it doesn’t have loads of complicated text with numbers and confusing words, I also love that you can just pick it up and read/look at different bits at a time. So literally anyone can read this book young or old. 

The book has lots information on how plastic really does suck (surely everyone knows that  by now) if not after reading this book you certainly will.  It also highlights the positive things happening in the world around plastic and some things plastic is used for ie not single use. I guess what I’m trying to say is the book isn’t depressing (although I did cry whilst reading it mainly because of how good this book is and how proud I am of Dougie for releasing this kind of book. Bravo Dougie their should be more people like you in the world. Anyway enough about how proud I am of Dougie back to the book....

This book is a must have for any family get this book and start educating your kids on the effects of plastic. This book is a great resource to have if your kids are asking questions you don’t know how to answer and if they are looking for a role model. 

I would definitely recommend this book to the younger generation and also the older generation. 

This book will also look great on any book shelf which is also a bonas. GET IT NOW we’ll not now on the 5th of September. I’ve already pre-ordered my copy.

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With the focus on today’s diminishing  world it’s great to see a hilight on the climate and world suitable for kids to understand without preaching. I read this with my ten year old son and he loved it. He said his friends at school would love it. 

Thank you to netgalley and the publishers for this arc in exchange for my honest review.
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*Disclaimer: I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Along with everyone else who watched Blue Planet II a few years ago, I have been looking for ways of reducing my plastic usage. This book is a great starter guide for children on why the planet has a problem with plastic and what they can do to make a change.

The design of the book itself is very bright and graphic, making for a more interesting read and the author's insights and facts are displayed in a way that is easy to absorb.

However, although I enjoyed learning about people working in the industry and making an impact on the plastics in our oceans, I felt that the interview style got tired after the first few. I found myself getting bored of reading answers to the same group of questions.

Overall this is an important book for children to pick up and I think it's something that a lot of people would learn from. However, as an adult I didn't learn anything new. It would be a good one to read with your child or if you don't know anything about the topic.
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Wonderful book , bright and colourful to grab the attention. Full of practical ideas and help, really does show hoe anyone can make a difference both little people and big people. Well presented, interesting, not dumbed down and not patronising, perfectly targeted. A great start for little eco warriors 

Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for a free copy for an honest opinion
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