What to Read After… Look Up! 20/09/21
Dinosaurs and All That Rubbish
Publisher: Penguin Random House Children's
A man gazes up into the sky and longs to visit the twinkling star which he sees in the distance. He is rich, powerful and owns lots of factories, so orders a rocket to be built to take him there, unconcerned about the pollution and waste this generates. His only focus is to reach the star, no matter what the cost.
When at last his rocket is ready, he blasts off into space, leaving behind mounds of burning rubbish. The heat from the smouldering waste wakes the dinosaurs who have lain dormant underground for centuries. They are horrified when they see the state of the planet and quickly set to work, clearing the rubbish to allow the natural world to take over once more.
The minimal text of this timeless picture book is brought to life by gloriously vibrant watercolour illustrations. The tale demonstrates in simple terms that human behaviour has a direct impact on the environment and emphasises that everyone has a responsibility to care for the planet. This important message is just as relevant today as when the book was first published in 1972.