The Tale of a Toothbrush: A Story of Plastic in Our Oceans

Illustrator: Daniel Rieley

Binding: Paperback

Imprint: Walker Books

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Age 3+

Picture Storybooks

A brilliantly topical and delightfully funny picture book from internationally bestselling author M.G. Leonard, which shows children what happens to their plastic toothbrushes after they're thrown away.

Children use their toothbrush each morning and evening, and get new ones every few months. That's billions of toothbrushes! What happens to them all when they're no longer needed? And if toothbrushes take thousands of years to break down, what does that mean for our planet?

With a fun cast of plastic characters, from pirate-ship bottles to dancing shampoos, and even an inquisitive albatross, The Tale of a Toothbrush is a positive and heart-warming story to help children explore the impact their choices have on our planet.


M. G. Leonard is an award-winning, bestselling writer of children’s books. Her Beetle Boy series has sold in 37 countries and she is currently writing the screenplay for a TV series based on the trilogy. Before becoming a writer, M. G. Leonard worked as a digital media producer for the National Theatre and Shakespeare's Globe. She is also a trained actor, dabbling in directing and producing as well as performing. She lives in Brighton with her husband and two sons.

Daniel Rieley is a British illustrator based in Lisbon. He studied at The Arts Institute Bournemouth and has illustrated children's picture books for Templar and Penguin Random House USA. When Daniel is not drawing, you can probably find him trying to catch waves, taking photos with old cameras, or playing his newly discovered sport, Padel. Say hello at @daniel_rieley.

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