The Smallest Carbon Footprint in the Land written by Anne Morgan & Illustrated by Gay McKinnon
Published by IP Kidz
"A Prince wants to marry the young woman with the smallest carbon footprint in the land; Space Cadet Lox finds out why a planet is like a bowl of porridge, a girl in a little green hood tries to save an endangered wolf, and Chicken Licken warns the sea is rising!"
Anne Morgan has put together a collection of classic fairy tales i.e Cinderella, Aladdin, Goldilocks and the Three Bears etc. and modernised them with various ecofriendly messages to raise awareness in the young.
Imaginative and at times amusing, Anne has put a new twist on "recycling" an old tale to promote young people to think about their impact on the environment and some ideas how we might change some thoughtless habits. I don't believe this would make for great bed time reading as it does provoke thought. Some readers may feel a little uncomfortable about classics that have been dismembered for the purpose of reminding us of important issues such as recycling, endangered animals, climate change etc. Could it be a case of "Get real princess! Who lives in a fairy tale these days?"
I believe Anne Morgan is an intelligent and passionate author who provides food for thought. She writes of Earth's laborious and inevitable road to destruction at the hands of the human species. She writes of vital issues to urge the next generation to fight and prevail for the safe keeping of our home. But in saying that, there's quite a possibility some may have to acquire a taste for her chosen pumpkin carriage / vehicle for these messages.
CKT Book Reviewer
Author: Anne Morgan
Illustrator: Gay McKinnon
Title: The Smallest Carbon Footprint in the Land
Publisher: IP Kidz
Published: December 2013