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The Mess That We Made
The Mess That We Made

The Mess That We Made

By Michelle Lord, Illustrated by Julia Blattman



32 Pages, 10.25 x 10.25

Formats: Hardcover Picture Book

Hardcover Picture Book, $18.95 (US $18.95) (CA $17.95)

Publication Date: January 2020

ISBN 9781947277144

Rights: WOR

Flashlight Press (Jan 2020)

Not Yet Published. Estimated release date: January 2020


Young readers will learn how trash affects marine life and be inspired to make a difference

The Mess That We Made explores the environmental impact of trash and plastic on the ocean and marine life, and it inspires kids to do their part to combat pollution. Simple, rhythmic wording builds to a crescendo ("This is the mess that we made. These are the fish that swim in the mess that we made.") and the vibrant digital artwork captures the disaster that is the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Children can imagine themselves as one of the four multi-ethnic occupants of the little boat surrounded by swirling plastic in the middle of the ocean, witnessing the cycle of destruction and the harm it causes to plants, animals, and humans. The first half of the book portrays the growing magnitude of the issue, and the second half rallies children and adults to make the necessary changes to save our oceans, before it is too late. Facts about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, ocean pollution, and how kids can help are included in the back matter.

Author Biography

Michelle Lord has written several books for children including Paterson Prize Honor Book A Song For Cambodia, Nature Recycles, and Animal School: What Class Are You?, which received a starred review from Kirkus. She lives with her family in New Braunfels, Texas. Julia Blattman was born and raised in the Bay Area in California. Since graduating from the Academy of Art University, she resides in Los Angeles where she works as a visual development artist for animated feature films. She worked as an artist for Disney mobile games, and she loves to bring stories to life with her artwork. This is her first picture book.