Captain Green and the Tree Machine
Captain Green is back and this time he’s creating a gadget to help save the planet. As he fine-tunes his invention, disaster strikes. Hornbill’s tree has been chopped down and there’s tree trouble for Elephant and Orangutan too. Captain Green scrambles to finish his invention — a TREE MACHINE — and zooms to the rescue! ZAP! ZOOP! ZINK! Trees pop up everywhere until… BANG! Oh no!
How will Captain Green save the animals now?
What a timely, important and gorgeous book!
Captain Green is a superhero for the planet and here, in his second adventure (written by one of our very own Armadillo reviewers), he answers the alarm calls of forest animals who are losing their homes and food sources.
Each animal’s plight – the hornbill, the pygmy elephant and the orangutan – is different, but they all stem from the same cause: man’s relentless destruction of their homes. Whether for wood products or farmland to graze cattle for meat production, the pictures and text underline the fact that every minute, trees are falling, forests are becoming dustbowls and animals are losing the ecosystems they need to survive.
‘It seems easier to ruin a forest, than to grow one!’ says Captain Green, capturing the stark truth at the heart of this book.
However, Captain Green is brave, big-hearted and utterly determined to help these creatures. Unfortunately, despite his brilliant Tree Machine that fires out new trees to replant the lost ones as fast as he can, he cannot do it alone. Needing others’ help, he shows the children in the book and the children who read it how they can do their bit.
Bookless’ affecting prose is brilliantly complemented by Deeptown’s bright, bold illustrations. I particularly loved the gorgeous orangutan! The pictures are thought provoking and create lots of discussion points for the children and adults who choose to share this book.
From the beautiful end papers, which tell a story themselves, through the clever story and the practical information at the end, this book has the ability to turn children into mini-superheroes for the planet. Endorsed by the Rainforest Trust, WeForest, One Tree Planted and Stand For Trees, this book brims with love, wisdom and humour. It is a book that deserves to be in every classroom, library and home.
Rated 5 Stars
Captain Green returns in a new planet-saving adventure! Captain Green and the Tree Machine by Evelyn Bookless is about a young superhero who is passionate about protecting the planet. He is working on an invention to do just that when he is alerted to trouble. Trees are being chopped down and affecting several different animals. He finds a new nest for Hornbill, food for Elephant, and new trees to swing in for Orangutan. He returns to his invention, determined to fix the forest, and he is successful for a while. Then he realizes the job might be too big for just one superhero and he comes up with an even better plan.
I loved Captain Green and the Tree Machine by Evelyn Bookless! Every year teachers and parents come to the library looking for books to share with kids about the environment, especially on Earth Day. Captain Green will be at the top of my list of recommendations. The illustrations by Danny Deeptown are expressive and engaging. This is the perfect introduction to the serious problem of deforestation but presented in a very accessible way, even for the youngest listeners. It is rare to find an environmental story that is so engaging yet so clear on what is happening in our world. This hits the mark with both the story and the message. Bookless has also included more in-depth information at the end as well as practical and unique ways that kids can help protect the planet. I am looking forward to more adventures from Captain Green.