Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Want to turn your parents green?

If the answer is Yes, here's the book you need: 'How to Turn Your Parents Green', written by James Russell and illustrated by Øivind Hovland.

I read about this book today at and liked it immediately. The premise for the book, as the publisher, Tangent Books, explains on its website, is that grown-ups (the Groans) are responsible for causing global warming, but it’s you (the kids) who will have to deal with the consequences.

The kids are given a mission to educate their parents about recycling, saving energy and other green issues, and listen to this - if the parents don’t comply, they are fined and when they realise the error of their ways, they sign up to the Glorious Green Charter.

How To Turn Your Parents Green sounds like a great combination of fun and education for kids, showing them how they can make a difference in the fight against Ghastly Global Warming by being an Eco-Warrior rather than an Eco-Worrier. The book also contains 10 outstanding illustrations by Bristol-based artist Øivind Hovland.

The author, James Russel, employs a style reminiscent of the Horrible Histories books and Roald Dahl short stories. Here’s an example from Tangent Books' website of James’ style:

Meet the Groans. They may grumble about the traffic and gripe about heating bills, but grown-ups have got us into this mess and they are too busy goggling at the TV and booking exotic holidays to sort it out.

Only you can make those Groans behave because only you can make their lives a misery if they don’t. We’ll help you draw up a Glorious Green Charter for them to sign, and show you how to punish them – oh yes – if they refuse to change their Grumbelicious ways.

So don’t be an Eco-Worrier, be an Eco-Warrior. And turn your parents Green.

Raz @ Eco-Libris