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Plastic Sucks!: How You Can Reduce Single-Use Plastic and Save Our Planet

Feiwel & Friends. Oct. 2019. 192p. glossary. photos. Tr $19.99. ISBN 9781250256201; pap. $12.99. ISBN 9781250256195.
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Gr 3-5–Poynter discusses the dangerous environmental impact of plastic use and the ways to reduce use, supported by interviews with influential environmentalists. The author, depicted as a cartoon version of himself, addresses readers with phrases such as “ladies and gentlegerms.” Poynter is meant to be a guide to readers and provide accessible knowledge about some of the high-profile environmental issues discussed in the news. However, the organization of the book is all over the place. One page features commentary from Poynter, and then an interview, followed by an infographic about the aquatic food web. The first chapter of the book doesn’t begin until page 37. While some of the information is very valuable, such as the infographics about small changes readers can make to lessen their plastic consumption, information is presented in several different ways and in a casual enough manner that the message gets lost with every abrupt transition.
VERDICT An additional purchase where environmental sustainability topics are of interest.

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