➛ Im Not a Plastic Bag Author Rachel Hope Allison – Writerscompany.co.uk

Im Not a Plastic Bag Foreward By Jeff Corwin Based On The Real Life Occurrence Of The Great Pacific Garbage Patch, An Island Of Floating Trash In A Remote Area Of The Northern Pacific Ocean Than Twice The Size Of Texas, I M Not A Plastic Bag Tells A Moving Story About Loneliness, Beauty, And Humankind S Connection To Our Planet Produced In Conjunction With American Forests And The Global ReLeaf Programs, Archaia Will Plant Two Trees For Each Tree Used In The Manufacturing Of This Book Presented In Partnership With JeffCorwinConnect, A Global, Ecological, Educational And Entertainment Multimedia Company Launched By Jeff Corwin, The Popular Wildlife Expert And Nature Conservationist A heartbreaking, necessary graphic novel The beauty of the illustration is an intelligent juxtaposition to the subject This graphic novel is a remarkable demonstration of art and a call to action combined, neither compromised In fact, both are made powerful Our oceans are dying Art can save lives Art is life I m still reeling from the power and devastation and a faint glimmer of hope As is said in Seuss s The Lorax unless someone like you cares a while awful lot, nothing is going to get better, it s not.I will definitely read this again. Hate me if you will, but every time I see this, I think of the Maelstrom on Azeroth Propaganda is generally seen as an aesthetically loathsome use of artistic mediums Overt manipulation overrides the creative impulse Works find themselves too much vessels for an ideology and too little vehicles for the spark of imagination Red Dawn, Left Behind, His Dark Materials, The Patriot these each are successful in rallying the ideologically sympathetic but will never be known for their artistic achievement Certainly, bald faced propaganda is widely valued for its kitsch and is often cheered for ironic purposes but for the most part, critics can t tolerate the stuff.Part of the problem is that by cloaking agenda in the guise of the arts, propaganda generates an air of dishonesty Rather than simply laying out the claims of a position and allowing it to be tried before the juries of reason and rationality, propaganda tries to cloak its propositions in attire meant to evoke emotional responses designed to bypass the guardians of the mind In hoping to arouse a response built on the passions, such works seek to hide their ideology s weaknesses, making it hard to trust them on any level.So I m Not a Plastic Bag does something interesting right up front to help diffuse any threat of mistrust All over the packaging is a bit of dual branding advertising publication by both Archaia and Jeff Corwin Connect That s curious enough to merit some poking around on the part of most readers or at least a glance at the introduction, penned by Jeff Corwin himself I was unfamiliar with both Corwin and Connect, but even a brief scan of those first pages or of the several pages of appendices reveals that I m Not a Plastic Bag is concerned to significant degree with ecological matters I considered myself fairly warned and proceeded, recognizing that I would be taking part in a book that would probably try to sell me pretty hard on the importance of both environmental cognizance and an individual s appropriate response to that awareness.The strange thing is that Corwin s introduction had me overestimating how much overt ideological passion I would have to confront across the following pages In fact, I m Not a Plastic Bag does so little moralizing of its circumstantial ideal that I probably wouldn t have even seen it as propaganda at all had I not been warned that it might be Certainly, Rachel Hope Allison s book presumes a number of distasteful environmental realities, but none of these are arguable in any appreciable manner The existence of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch only takes a brief survey of Google Images to confirm unlike the struggle between Communism vs Capitalism, Just War Theory vs Pacifism, or Edward vs Jacob In truth, anything that could be considered remotely propagandish is found in the foreword and afterward, where environmental concerns and calls for action are spelled out for readers Allison s story itself seems to be unconcerned with these things if not in some ways at odds with themHi thereI m Not a Plastic Bag is the mostly wordless story of one particular Clump of garbage as it floats along, trapped in the middle of the Pacific It gradually grows in stature but finds itself made lonely by its very nature Allison uses some of the detritus our Clump accumulates to help it demonstrate personality after all, if the Clump is in some sense our own creation, then it plausibly ought to reflect its creators In the midst of its loneliness, the Clump seeks out friendship with local sea life and I m Not a Plastic Bag is the story of how that clump fares in its quest.It s a short but genial story and one sometimes beautifully illustrated Allison uses presumably a mix of illustration, painting, and photoshopping to bring her story to the page Her technique is worthwhile and the book features a large number of double page spreads, giving Allison s canvases room to breathe The choice of presenting her narrative without word balloons may have been the right one, allowing the trash to speak for itself, but the absence of dialogical exposition does result in a climax that is difficult to pin down exactly The story s closing ambiguity is what may leave the reader wondering how exactly the graphic novel portion of I m Not a Plastic Bag lines up with the environmental purpose of its spelled out bookends After all, the Great Pacific Garbage Patch is by every estimation I ve seen a Bad Thing, but I m Not a Plastic Bag s intentional conceit is to give the Patch a heart, making it a sympathetic figure capable of beauty and wonder She accomplishes this well there are moments where readers may feel sorry for the Clump Still, while I found rendering trash in the role of protagonist a curious choice for an environmentally concerned book, just making readers aware of these garbage laden gyres may be enough to prompt responsible livingReview courtesy of Good Ok Bad While beautifully drawn, I found that the plot of this book made me feel that I was rooting for the garbage, which I don t think was the purpose of the book.Told wordlessly, the garbage patch uses the garbage within it to form eyes a tire and an umbrella and a mouth which gaps to reveal words Hello or Come In We re Open.The garbage patch is lonely and wants friends and since the garbage path is polluting the ocean and killing sea life, that seems a counter intuitive story line for the book.I wish the author had made the garbage a little less sympathetic.And no, the end did not redeem this flaw for me. Story 2 starsArt 4 starsWordless children s graphic novel about the issue of garbage dumps accumulating in our oceans There s not a lot of plot here, and what exists is difficult to discern, especially in the last couple chapters Is the bird who flew off with the plastic bag dead in chapter five And what exactly happens to the huge trash island in the end Did it become a cloud Or a constellation And where did all the trash go Is it now polluting the air, rather than the water As you can see, I have a lot of questions that the book doesn t answer.But I m a huge proponent of recycling and cleaning up the environment So the last four double page spreads contain vital information that, for me, make the book worthwhile Those pages include an explanation of the very real Great Pacific Garbage Patch out at sea, a list of the Top Ten Items Found in Ocean Debris , photos and descriptions of several Threatened Marine Wildlife , and a list of suggested ways we can all help reduce the trash that collects so rapidly in our environment.Illustrations are lovely Those clouds are luscious Clever visual anthropomorphizing of the trash heap.

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