Learn about the problem of single-use plastic — and what to do about it. On his birthday, Nick challenges his friends to spend the day without using any single-use plastic. This means they bring their own cloth bags, say no thanks to plastic straws and decorate with paper streamers instead of balloons. Along the way, the kids learn what plastic is made of, how much of it surrounds us and how it’s polluting our oceans and affecting the food chain. Most importantly, the five friends learn ways to use less — including just saying NO! No plastic? No problem. Readers will be primed for a No-Plastic Challenge of their own!
In this primer on minimizing waste, birthday boy Nick challenges his friends to go a full day without single-use plastics, which "make up about half of the plastic we use every day." Readers are invited to participate in this Earth-friendly quest, and the text elucidates how to be aware of plastics; stock up on reusable materials such as bags, cutlery, and bottles; and pick up litter, among other environmentally conscious efforts. In accessible language, Ritchie delineates the problems caused by plastic production and what scientists know about its effects. A postscript includes a glossary of pertinent terms, such as biodegradable and microplastics. Ritchie's comiclike artwork complements the upbeat narrative, employing a loose, free line and a light wash of colors to depict characters consciously setting a plastic-free routine. A light-handed yet substantial guide to mindful resource usage. Ages 4 7.