3 out of 4 stars
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Along with her family, Pixie Van Dimple heads out to the beach for a fun day out. Their day was going well until Pixie and her sister decided to sneak away from their parents and go buy some sweets. Once they had finished eating, they discarded their plastic bag, full of rubbish, into the sea. It was only a matter of time before Pixie and her sister found out the consequence of their action. Read Pixie Van Dimple and the Wrong Kind of Plastic by Lynn McAllister to find out what happens next.
The bright colours and beautiful illustration on the front cover are what prompted me to read this book in the first place. The illustration beautifully captures the context of the story. I love the bold colours used throughout the book because it grabs your attention and makes you want to keep reading. As this book is targeted toward children, it’s important that the book looks appealing to them. I think McAllister has done a great job at doing just that.
The story itself is written in rhyme, which is a nice touch, as it is pleasing to read out loud. The book teaches readers a very important lesson about the consequences of throwing plastic into the sea. I think it’s a great idea to make children aware of this at an early age.
Whilst I think the book is great, there were some things that I disliked about the book. Firstly, I think the font used is beautiful, but it is very difficult to read. I can imagine that children will find it hard to read the text. To solve this problem, a simple, generic font would have been perfect. Secondly, the text kept changing from first-person to third-person a few times, which made me confused. Personally, I felt like the story was a bit all over the place because it was moving at a rapid speed. I think if the story was slowed down a little bit it would flow more smoothly.
Overall, I would rate this book 3 out of 4 stars because of the points I mentioned above. I didn’t find any mistakes as I was reading, so it is exceptionally edited. I highly recommend this book to children between the ages of 7-11. If you’re a teacher, this would be the perfect book to read in the classroom to teach kids the importance of keeping the environment clean.
Pixie Van Dimple and the Wrong Kind of Plastic
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