I just ADORED Sally Gardner’s WIngs & Co series (and still hoping for book 6 to be released, though it has been 4 years…) and so when I saw this book I knew I had to try it out. I am glad I did.. because it was wonderful.
It reminds me a lot of the Borrowers, we see them use all sorts of things that humans leave behind and I was just delighted seeing what they use the items for. Like the chandelier filled with all sorts of fun items including a squeaky mouse, a candle, cards, and others, or a can as a hat (though dang that is a tiny can, baby tomatoes?). I love that they recycle things and make new things out of it. Loving each piece and not seeing it as garbage, but instead as treasure. Well, if they can, in this book we see them struggle a bit with a mountain of plastic bottles (why did people throw that in the sea, just recycle people, it is not that hard). I do wonder why they put the mountain right in front of their lookout/control room. Anyone could have seen that wouldn’t end well. 😛 But I loved seeing them find ways to steer the island to the right path. Talk to people on helping, talk about how to use x item. It was so much fun and I was rooting for the Tindims to find a way. And then the ending part with what happens to Ethel B Dina was just exciting (though I had a laugh that she kept on singing despite the situation).
I also had a laugh at seeing the Tindims discuss what the various things they found meant. Like the label Water on a bottle, why would anyone bottle water? It had me giggling.
I loved the names for the various days in the week and I definitely would love to make Sharkday and Turtleday real. I am sure my hubbie agrees, especially on the Turtleday (he loves turtles).
We meet all the various Tindims that live on Rubbish Island. Each one has a job, each one collects something. From machinery to bottles to fishing.
There is also plenty of singing or mentions of singing and it really made me smile.
I would love to participate in the Brightsea Festival, it sounds like so much fun and I just love all the various lights they put up.
The art was just so much fun and I just ADORE the style. I would love to see more of it, so I am going to check out what more work the illustrator has done soon.
I had to read this one on my PC because it just didn’t work on my Kindle. Which is logic given all the illustrations, but I would have liked a bit of a warning that it wouldn’t work on a Kindle. My eyes don’t like reading on phone/computer screens.
I really loved reading this one and I would highly recommend it. And please, very please, I would love more books about the Tindims!