The Tindims and the Turtle Tangle

The Tindims and the Turtle Tangle

By Author / Illustrator

Sally Gardner, Lydia Corry



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Head of Zeus




Paperback / softback




The tiny Tindims are like the Borrowers-on-Sea, who turn our everyday rubbish into treasure. Mother-and-daughter duo, prizewinning Sally Gardner and Lydia Corry, create a fun world of characters and adventures in their empowering new series for 5-8 year olds inspiring conservation and inventive ways to recycle.

On the Tindims' island home, Bottle Mountain is growing terrifyingly tall with rubbish. So tall that one night it breaks away. Across the ocean, a boy discovers Bottle Mountain bobbing by the seashore. For the first time ever the Tindims are discovered and get to meet the Long Legs and Little Legs. Can the Tindims and the humans help each other to save the planet?

Printed in dyslexia-friendly font with pictures on every page and perfect for the reluctant reader, the Tindims show keen young ecologists how to help protect our planet for the future.



The first Tindims book was lovely, the second one, The Tindims and the Turtle Tangle, is just as lovely! Written by children's author Sally Gardner and made even more appealing with a collection of detailed, fun illustrations by Lydia Corry.

When Bottle Mountain breaks free from the rest of Rubbish Island, the Tindims soon realise that it has taken two of their friends with it. Admiral Bonnet, Skittle, Brew and Pinch must come up with a plan to find, and rescue, their missing friends.

This book reminds me of the Borrowers from my childhood; a group of tiny characters making use of plastic and other rubbish cast adrift into the sea by the Longlegs.

The Tindims live on a floating island made up of all sorts of rubbish. They know that it is the Longlegs who are responsible for the rubbish they find, although the Longlegs know nothing of the Tindims and their environmental recycling exploits. Things are about to change, when Captain Spoons and Broom wash up on a sandy beach where hundreds of baby turtles are about to hatch, and are spotted by a Little Longleg. Can they all work together to save the turtles?

Printed on off white paper in dyslexia-friendly font with pictures on every page, this is an ideal book for a reluctant reader. A great read for any aspiring young conservationist and a fabulous 'hook-book' for any KS1 environmental topic in school.

144 pages / Ages 6+ / Reviewed by Sam Phillips, teacher

Suggested Reading Age 5+


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