Review: This Book Is Not Rubbish

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Book Title: This Book Is Not Rubbish: 50 Ways to Ditch Plastic, Reduce Rubbish and Save the World (available here)

Author: Isabel Thomas

Illustrator: Alex Paterson

Publisher: Wren & Rook

Publication Date: September 2018

Most Suitable For: Years 5/6

Reviewed By: Lisa Davies, Deputy Head & Class teacher

‘Our planet is in peril and it needs your help!’ This is the main message of This Book Is Not Rubbish and it is aimed at the people who can do most to save the environment.

Within the book, there is a list of 50 different ways in which everyone, including children, can make a difference and most are easier to achieve or require less effort than you might think. The author makes suggestions such as giving up using glitter, having a clothes swapping party or trying geocaching as a way of getting out into the countryside. The message is clear that you can start small and even small changes are important.

Each page comes with a ‘Planet-o-meter’ which shows the impact each idea has on things such as wildlife, resources, the rainforest and a person’s carbon footprint. It also demonstrates the impact on the planet, the cost and the difficulty.

If there is any doubt as to why these changes are necessary, this book is packed with facts and information, such as 7.3 million tonnes of household food was thrown away in the UK in 2015 (enough to feed everyone in the city of London for a year). Or that there are 13,267 species on the IUCN ‘Red List’.

In my opinion, this book should be read by everyone, but it is aimed at 9-11 year olds. The illustrations and layout break up the text well so that it is not a difficult book to read. Each page could be used as a discussion point in lessons and it would be an excellent resource for anyone who may be thinking of setting up an eco-club.


You can order This Books is Not Rubbish online or from your local bookshop or library.

Many thanks to the publisher for sending us a review copy of this book and to Lisa Davies for reviewing it.


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