The Mess That We Made

Written by Michelle Lord
Illustrated by Julia Blattman

The Mess That We Made is a cumulative story that explores the environmental impact of trash and plastic on the ocean and marine life, and inspires kids to do their part to combat ocean pollution. Simple, rhythmic wording builds to a crescendo (“This is the mess that we made. These are the fish that swim in the mess that we made.”) and the vibrant digital artwork captures the disaster that is the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Children can imagine themselves as one of the four multi-ethnic occupants of the little boat surrounded by swirling plastic in the middle of the ocean who witness the cycle of destruction and the harm it causes to plants, animals, and humans. The first half of the book portrays the growing magnitude of the issue, and the second half rallies and motivates children and adults to make the necessary changes to save our oceans, before it is too late. Facts about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, ocean pollution, and how kids can help are included in the back matter.


About the Creators

Michelle Lord has written several books for children including Paterson Prize Honor Book A Song For Cambodia, Nature Recycles, and Animal School: What Class Are You?, which received a starred review from Kirkus. She lives with her family in New Braunfels, TX. 


Julia Blattman was born and raised in the Bay Area in California.
Since graduating from the Academy of Art University, she resides in Los Angeles where she works as a visual development artist for animated feature films. She worked as an artist for Disney mobile games, and she loves to bring stories to life with her artwork. This is her first picture book.

ISBN: HC 9781947277144/ ePDF 9781947277151 / EPUB 9781947277168 / KF8 9781947277175
Print Length: 32 Full Color Pages
Publication Date: Fall 2019 
Age Group: 4-8