It was a tie between what caught my attention first with this book, the title: Michael Recycle meets Borat The Space Cat, which I guess was looking for directions to tongue twister territory or the cover with the vivid colours and lovely illustrationIt was a tie between what caught my attention first with this book, the title: Michael Recycle meets Borat The Space Cat, which I guess was looking for directions to tongue twister territory or the cover with the vivid colours and lovely illustration of Michael and Borat.
This rhyming tale about environmentalism conveys the importance and relevance of this topic in a tailored way for this age group or for those who require a simplistic introduction. Michael Recycle meet an intergalactic cat, from a parallel universe who shows what Earth is facing if we (humans) and our world leaders don't change our attitude, actions and start taking care of the environment.
This is a moral tale but not preachy with it. It communicates the urgency of this issue, but lets the reader know that they can make a difference, in fact if every country helps, we can reverse the damage to Earth to make it sustainable for future generations.
I liked the colour palette used; the deep purples and lime greens were lush. The aliens (cats) were incredibly sweet - I'm a fan of giant eyes that take up much of a face, and the half-moon shape was spot on. Actually, each illustrated character was ideally matched to the text.
Michael Recycle meets Borat The Space Cat is a great tale for anyone with an interest in environmental issues and those who would like an introduction to this topic.
Finally, do pay more attention than I did and note that this book is number six in a series. I'm not sure what Michael Recycle has gotten up to previously, but I will be on the lookout to see what other adventures he has been on.
My thanks for Edelweiss, Idea & Design Works and Diamond Books for an advance copy in return for a candid review.