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Beetles For Breakfast...and Other Weird and Wonderful Ways to Save The Planet

by Madeleine Finlay, illustrated by Jisu Choi

About the book

We all know the effects that climate change is having on our planet – but what about the strange, and creative ways that scientists are working to find practical and imaginative  answers to these big problems? 

Following a day in the life of a child, we see how new green inventions could fit into everyday life, from brushing your teeth with biodegradable algae, to eating beetle burgers for lunch and coming home to do your homework with a pen with ink made from exhaust fumes. With a mixture of infographic-style artwork and topical, and funny facts from scientist Madeleine Finlay, children will love seeing familiar scenes with a futuristic twist. Open up to learn all about the cool, exciting and sometimes quite strange inventions that could be part of normal life in the future.  

ISBN: 9781838740221 

What did the judges think?

Primary school science teacher Dr Katharine Pemberton said: “Each page explores a novel approach to save the planet. Young people can experience a lot of uncertainty around the climate and their future, and I was pleased to see so many ideas. Hopefully this will inspire them to be part of the solution and participate in the search for a better future.”  

About the author and illustrator

Madeleine Finlay has a first-class Master’s in Physics and Astrophysics, and a Master’s in Science Communication. She now works with clients such as the BBC and New Scientist, among others. 

Jisu Choi is an illustrator based in South Korea. Having started studying art from a young age She’s worked with many clients on a range of products including packaging design and murals. Beetles for Breakfast is the first book Jisu has illustrated.  

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