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Tindims of Rubbish Island by Sally Gardner and Lydia Corry

A review by Emma Streeton

The tiny Tindims do a very important job. They are keen recyclers, who turn what is thrown away by the Long Legs (us humans) into treasure. Mother-and-daughter duo, Sally Gardner and Lydia Corry, create a fun new world of characters and adventures in their empowering new series for 5-8 year olds.  The fantastic thing about this series is the way in which it aims to inspire conservation and inventive ways to recycle.

…turning today’s rubbish into tomorrow’s treasure.

The Tindims, Captain Spoons, Mug, Jug, Brew, Skittle and friends all live on Rubbish Island and are busy recycling when Ethel B Dina is blown out to sea. The Tindims must launch a rescue operation with the help of some friendly fish. Of course there are a few surprises to be had along the way, not to mention handling the problem of the ever growing plastic bottle mountain.


This is a delightfully unique and heart-warming story that my youngest bookworm and I enjoyed very much. The characters are a delight and the pace of the story just right to fully engross and entertain even the most reluctant reader.

My bookworm and I had a mutual appreciation of the illustrations in the book. We scoured the pages looking for all the creative ways the Tindims use the rubbish they find. The illustrations are simple in black and white but plentiful and full of detail. Each of the chapters start with a snippet of what is to come and my bookworm responded well to this.

The verdict

For me it is the important message that The Tindims of Rubbish Island delivers that makes it such a winner. It encourages the younger generation to think about what we throw away and inspires them to become a Tindim by exploring inventive ways to recycle. The message is simple, each and every one of us has the ability to change our future and look after our planet.

If you enjoy this book, you might enjoy the Polar Bear In Sydney Harbour.

Book details

Bookworm review: 3.5 out of 5
ISBN: 9781838935672
ISBN-10: 1838935673
Imprint: Head Of Zeus – Zehpyr – GB (HarperCollins)
Format: paperback, 128 pages
Released: 02/09/2020
Age: From 5 years

the Tindims of Rubbish Island: 2 cartoon characters look at the reader

Nalini is an award-winning writer and artist as well as managing editor of Dark Matter Zine.


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