Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 4 to 7
- Grade: k to 3
A young girl takes action against ocean pollution in a timely story with unique plastic-waste diorama art from award-winning author-illustrator Alma Fullerton.
Isley loves the ocean and everything in it. Well, almost everything. Her heart sinks at the sight of her Alantic Ocean shoreline covered in trash. One day, upon discovering a beached right whale that has starved to death after swallowing plastic, Isley decides enough is enough. She steers her family into adopting a zero-waste lifestyle, inspiring others to do the same. But when the adults around her give way to apathy and routine, how can Isley make sure her whale’s memory inspires lasting change?
With diorama art made from plastic waste by award-winning author-illustrator Alma Fullerton, No More Plastic is a moving, eye-catching, and ultimately hopeful reminder that the health of our oceans—and our planet—is in our hands.
About the author
Alma Fullerton was born in Ottawa Ontario, as one of seven children. Her dad was in the military so they moved when his postings changed, first to Trenton when she was two, then to Comox when she was twelve. Being dyslexic, she couldn’t read until grade four and didn’t enjoy reading at all until grade nine, when she discovered books that she really loved. Now that she is as an award-winning author, Alma visits schools to teach children that they, too, can overcome any obstacle.Her first three books are: In the Garage (2006); Walking on Glass (2007), which was named to the 2008 YALSA Quick Pick list; and Libertad (2008), which has won and been nominated for many awards, including the 2008 Governor General’s Literary Award for Children’s Literature (finalist), the 2009 TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award (finalist), the 2009 Ruth & Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Award (winner), the 2009 CLA Children’s Book of the Year Honor Book, the 2009 Golden Oak Award (winner), the 2009 Once Upon a World Children’s Book Award (winner), and the 2010 Silver Birch Award (shortlist).
- Runner-up, OLA Forest of Reading Blue Spruce Award nominee
- Long-listed, Green Earth Book Award Long List Selection
- Short-listed, Shining Willow finalist
- Short-listed, Globe and Mail “Kids’ books gift guide: Find new ways for young readers to explore the world” selection
- Short-listed, CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens Fall Selection
Praise for No More Plastic
2022 Green Earth Book Award Honor Book
2022 Shining Willow finalist
2022 OLA Forest of Reading Blue Spruce Award Honour Book
2021 Globe and Mail “Kids’ books gift guide: Find new ways for young readers to explore the world” selection
2021 CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens Fall Selection
2021 Open Book feature "Alma Fullerton Uses Literal Plastic Trash to Advocate for a Plastic-Free Future in Her Inspiring New Picture Book"
★ STARRED REVIEW “Among the best of the recent books about ocean plastic thanks to its positive approach and practical suggestions included at the end, this title would work well as a group read-aloud….A gentle, effective presentation of an environmental disaster.”—Kirkus Starred Review
“Every aspect of the book’s illustrations is created from plastic except for the sand, which Fullerton imported from P.E.I….The result is visually stunning…”—Quill & Quire
“[A] clear environmental message about how damaging plastic is to our environment. Isley’s earnest persistence to get rid of plastic is admirable. For libraries in need of a strong environmental message for their youngest readers.” —School Library Journal
“The vibrant, richly coloured illustrations are lush and beautifully textured, and the fact that Fullerton used repurposed plastic to create them increases their impact…[T]his vivid and inspiring book is a compelling call to action and a powerful reminder that we can—and must!—all make a difference.”—Atlantic Books
“No More Plastic is an inspiring story of perseverance with an important lesson that one little person can make a big difference. The intriguing illustrations—diorama art made out of plastic waste, sand, and moss—help tell the story and drive home the message.”—Hakai Magazine
“Author-illustrator Alma Fullerton’s passion for the environment shines through in No More Plastic…[The story] demonstrates the positive impacts of changes we can all make for the good of the environment.”—Green Teacher
“[T]he use of diorama art made from plastic waste by the illustrator… really brought the book full circle… Isley is in all of us.”—Mrs. Book Dragon
“The illustrations in this fun picture book were made from plastic waste, and I found that amazing. I recommend this book. I read it multiple times and noticed new things in the illustrations each time!”—Viviane – age 9, Kids’ BookBuzz
“An empowering story about a girl who finds a way to make a difference in her community, with information that may inspire kids to take action themselves.”—A Kids Book A Day
“[A]n important picture book which delivers a vital message that cannot be ignored any longer. Highly recommended!”—Metroland Toronto
“Alma Fullerton, a fierce and dedicated protector of the environment… [u]sing 'repurposed plastic, sand, and moss'…creates brilliant images for the illustrations in this fine book…Reading books like No More Plastic brings an awareness to a young generation and is absolutely essential for their future.”—Sal’s Fiction Addiction
“No More Plastic is a call to action for all readers to re-examine their relationship with plastic, especially single use plastic and to start making better choices for the sake of the future of the earth.”—Storytime with Stephanie
“No More Plastic…is an extraordinary story, beautiful and sad, and with a lot of hope, showing how the positive voice of one person can change a community.”—@littlefreelibrarygrahamnc