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The Tindims of Rubbish Island
03 Sep 2020 * EBOOK * £4.49 * 9781838935689

The tiny Tindims are like the Borrowers-on-Sea, who turn our everyday rubbish into treasure. A world of characters and adventures to inspire conservation and inventive ways to recycle.

Fiction / YFC (Children’s Fiction)
Extent: 144 pages  Illus: Illustrated
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The Tindims of Rubbish IslandThe Tindims, 1by Sally Gardner, illustrated by Lydia Corry

The tiny Tindims are like the Borrowers-on-Sea, who turn our everyday rubbish into treasure.

Mother-and-daughter duo, prizewinning Sally Gardner and Lydia Corry, create a fun new world of characters and adventures in their empowering new series for 5-8 year olds inspiring conservation and inventive ways to recycle.

'What is rubbish today is treasure tomorrow.' Discover Rubbish Island which the Tindims have built entirely from things we have thrown away. Captain Spoons, Mug, Jug, Brew, Skittle and friends are busy recycling when Ethel B Dina is blown out to sea and the Tindims must launch a rescue operation with the help of some friendly fish and surprises along the way.

Printed in dyslexia-friendly font with pictures on every page and perfect for the reluctant reader, the Tindims show keen young ecologists how to help protect our planet for the future.

'An idiosyncratic genius' THE TIMES

'Sally Gardner's tale unfolds with all the beautiful illogicality of a dream' FINANCIAL TIMES

Sally Gardner gained a first class degree at a leading London art college and became a successful theatre costume designer before illustrating and writing books. Her debut novel, I, Coriander won the Nestle Gold Award and she is also a Costa and Carnegie prize-winner. Her books have been translated all over the world and have sold over two million copies. Find Sally online at, or on Twitter @TheSallyGardner.
Lydia Corry graduated from the Royal College of Art in 2009. Her publishing debut was Eight Princesses and a Magic Mirror (Zephyr, 2019) She lives with her family in Hastings. Find Lydia on Instagram @lydiacorryillustrations and her website

A mother and daughter team who bring a dynamic creative force to children's books, filling a gap in the market for young readers (5-8).

Printed in dyslexia-friendly font with art on every page. Hidden blue bug for visual stimulation and to encourage reading.

A powerful commercial brand and a lightly worn but important conservation message (merchandising and TV potential).

CBMC: B3F79.

MARKET: Sally Gardner's Magical Children series; The Borrowers; What A Waste: Rubbish, Recycling, and Protecting our Planet by Jess French; Guardians of the Planet: How to be an Eco-Hero by Clive Gifford.

'Combining eccentric characters, short chapters and lively illustrations, this delightful new series from a talented mother-daughter team is ideal for confident, independent readers. Full of joy and laughter, this quirky adventure also carries an important environmental message about waste, pollution and recycling' BookTrust

'This is not only a terrific story for newly independent readers to enjoy on their own but if your junior classes are planning an environmental or recycling unit this would make a super introduction to some serial reading ... Little ones will enjoy the creativity of the Tindims, their quirky personalities and will, no doubt, be able to come up with many ideas of their own' Just So Stories

'It takes a skilled and singular talent to create a book that marries an ecological message with a ripping yarn. And here there are two – mother and daughter Gardner and Corry ... This stands as a perfectly realised new world that intrepid young minds will want to return to' Big Issue

'A wonderful tale of adventure and friendship ... Told in a beautifully simple but engaging way, it encourages discussion about issues facing our oceans today ... An essential read to inspire little ones to grow up to care about conservation. After finishing it, you'll be eager to read the next instalments!' VIP Reading

'A great way of enlightening young minds to the very current problem that plastic waste creates in our oceans today ... A great fictional tale to accompany a primary school topic on plastic waste, recycling and the oceans' ReadingZone

'The short, funny stories have an important environmental message as well as lots of inspiration for junk modelling at home. Thanks to the books' sweet illustrations and the dyslexia-friendly font, these chapter books are brilliant for emerging and reluctant readers aged 5+' Toppsta

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