Review of the Day: Tracking Trash (Part Two)
(Continued from Part One)
Because seriously, this is fascinating information. I mean, did you know that two thousand to ten thousand 60,000 pound containers just happen to fall overboard from cargo ships EVERY YEAR??? Or that there’s a mysterious floating patch of garbage that takes a week to cross by boat? I was, admittedly, more than a little sad that there wasn’t a single picture of this patch. My husband remains convinced that it’s a mythical occurrence like Bigfoot or Nessie. After all, how hard would it be for a research vessel to click a pic of a mile(s)-long trash pile-up? Regardless, it’s a great book and a necessary addition to any collection. One of those titles that will be of as much use to kids in seaside towns as to the millions of landlocked lubber nationwide. A necessary purchase.
Notes on the Cover: I find it rather clever. I don’t usually examine non-fiction covers with any depth. Usually if a book’s about a tiger and there’s a tiger on the cover then that’s the beginning and the end of it. Here, however, they’ve (and by “they” I apparently mean the people at the oddly cheery YAY! Design) been so good as to bring together some of the topics in the book with a simple title drawn in the sand. Shoes, duckies, and Legos are scattered around the beach and (in a particularly clever move) there’s an adorable tangled seal right front and center for the awwwwww factor. I keep staring at the title, wondering how long they waiting until the tide was at the right level and wouldn’t destroy their incredibly crisp words. You can sort of tell where they had to pat down the sand so that the sand wasn’t covered in footprints. Special points for the back cover as well. More photos from the book are made to look as if they just happened to wash onshore. Good stuff.
- Hear Ms. Burns discuss the book with Boston’s WBUR.
- Visit her blog at Loree Griffin Burns: A Life in Books.
- Note that she won a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor for this same title not too long ago.
- An author interview on Eric Luper’s Random Musings.
- And finally, read all about the research trips taken by the author.
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About Betsy Bird
Betsy Bird is currently the Collection Development Manager of the Evanston Public Library system and a former Materials Specialist for New York Public Library. She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she'd love to tell you about but that she's sure you'd find more interesting to hear of in person. Her opinions are her own and do not reflect those of EPL, SLJ, or any of the other acronyms you might be able to name. Follow her on Twitter: @fuseeight.
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