Happy Perfect Picture Book Friday, dear friends. I’m here today with a book that I am absolutely in love with…it’s engaging, entertaining, educational…and oh so funny! And the talented author, Colleen Paeff, is offering a super cool giveaway: the winner’s choice of either a copy of the book or a 20-minute Zoom chat. Colleen is one smart cookie – a chat with her will be mega helpful to anyone on the path to publication.
THE GREAT STINK: HOW JOSEPH BAZALGETTE SOLVED LONDON’S POOP POLLUTION PROBLEM
Written by Colleen Paeff
Illustrated by Nancy Carpenter
Published by Margaret K. McElderry Books/Simon & Schuster
Themes: History of London, Pollution, STEM
Synopsis from Amazon:
Discover the true story about the determined engineer who fixed London’s pollution problem in this funny, accessible nonfiction picture book featuring engaging art from the illustrator of Queen Victoria’s Bathing Machine.
It’s the summer of 1858, and London’s River Thames STINKS. What is creating this revolting smell? The answer is gross: the river is full of poop.
But the smell isn’t the worst problem. Every few years, cholera breaks out, and thousands of people die. Could there be a connection between the foul water and the deadly disease?
One engineer dreams of making London a cleaner, healthier place. His name is Joseph Bazalgette. His grand plan to create a new sewer system to clean the river is an engineering marvel. And his sewers will save lives. Nothing stinky about that.
With tips for how to prevent pollution today, this fascinating look at science, history, and what one person can do to create change will impress and astound readers who want to help make their planet a cleaner, happier place to live.
Why I LOVE this book:
- The text is so well-written – filled with facts that are relayed in such a humorous manner – kids are going to absolutely love this story!
- The illustrations engage and entertain – they align with the narrative perfectly – adding yet another layer of humor.
- I love true stories that bring history alive for young readers – and the adults will enjoy the book as much as the kids.
Yup…there are plumbing projects for kids! Check these out at: https://www.mrrooter.com/greater-syracuse/about-us/blog/2018/september/plumbing-projects-for-kids-water-science/
And please don’t forget to leave a comment to be entered in the giveaway of either a copy of this awesome book or a 20-minute Zoom chat with author Colleen Paeff. Maybe you can tell us about a plumbing disaster you’ve experienced.
And to find out more about Colleen and her books: https://www.colleenpaeff.com/
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend. I’ll be winging my way to Chicago on Sunday and I’m getting ready for the Picture Book Palooza that is happening September 18th and 19th. My panel is only one of many value-packed sessions. For more info: https://www.childrensbookacademy.com/pbpalooza2021.html