Children’s book tackles plastic pollution in oceans

Launch of ‘Plastic Fantastic’ by Lorena at Horizon English School on Thursday

Dubai: A new fictional children’s book on plastic pollution in the ocean will be launched in a Dubai school on September 20 to raise awareness among students.

The launch of ‘Plastic Fantastic’ by Lorena Veldhuijzen will kick off at the Horizon English School where the author is expected to start her international tour and also hold four workshops for children. More than 600 children and parents will join an assembly during the launch.

‘Plastic Fantastic’ is about Zero, an octopus without arms. Together with Hero, a fishstick who escaped from a deep fryer on a cruise ship, he has an adventurous journey to Plastic Fantastic where he hopes to get eight new arms. Ultimately, these arms will help Zero solve the problem of plastic pollution in the ocean.

The launch of the Dutch book coincides with the recent launch of the Ocean Cleanup project in the Pacific. Meanwhile, Plastic Fantastic has its own unique launch: It is the first to be published on a special platform geared to cater to people with dyslexia.

Plastic Fantastic’s author emphasises that the book not only deals with this current theme, but also touches on another important topic: authenticity. This makes Plastic Fantastic a multi-layered children’s book that covers a number of contemporary issues with humour but without being judgemental.


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