Title: The Plastic Throne
Author: Amani Uduman and Kera Bruton
Publisher: MidnightSun Publishing
Published: 1st March 2021
Synopsis: Denver flushes all kinds of things down the toilet but never stops to think about what happens to them once they are gone. One night, while he sleeps, the ocean begins to stir, no longer able to suppress its fury over how it’s being treated. Can Denver and his sister Maisy make things right before it’s too late?
This engaging story touches on the concepts of sustainability and the protection of our natural environment all while keeping a tongue placed firmly in its cheek.
When Denver starts flushing things down the loo, he doesn’t think about the consequences of his actions, until his sister Maisy, points it out, and the ocean fights back. So together, Denver and Maisy set about gathering all the rubbish they can. The sea slowly subsides and calms, but the siblings are left with a pile of rubbish – and they need to find a way to either get rid of it, or recycle it using their creativity and ingenuity. What will they do?
This is an engaging story that places the conflicts of sustainability, the environment, and a disposable culture at the centre, and shows the impact of rubbish and issues around protecting our environment through the eyes of a brother and sister, who are determined to solve the problems and work towards sustainability. It is an innocent, and carefree look at what could be done – at how a child might think they can solve the problem.
It is also very sweet, and shows that cooperation is possible in a variety of ventures, and celebrates a close and cooperative sibling relationship. It shows that working together can help us find solutions to many issues that we face, but we have to work with the right people – people who want the same goals as us, or those who want to learn, but might be unsure of where to start. The lovely words by Amani are accompanied by vivid, colourful illustrations by Kera, and anyone can see themselves in these characters, as the story is focused on the world around them. What happens in the world affects us all, and we should be aiming to help each other.
Thank you to MidnightSun Publishing for reaching out to me to review this book – I loved it and hope others find value and enjoyment in this fabulous little book that is enjoyable and poignant, light-hearted and filled with some gravitas, and each are balanced delightfully so it is not an overwhelming journey for younger readers.