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MARIE G. ROHDE

22 Modern Monsters Threatening Our Environment (and What You Can Do to Defeat Them!)


the Atmosdragon Planet Earth and I have always been great friends. We both hate the cold, so I wrap around the planet to keep it warm. In return I am given greenhouse gasses that keep me healthy. Without me, Earth would be too cold for delicate creatures, such as humans, to live on. Recently, you humans have really been looking after me. You do lots of things that release greenhouse gases. Now I am full and happy. Driving cars and burning fossil fuels, such as coal and gas, makes delicious carbon dioxide. Also, thanks to your taste for meat, I am treated to a particular delicacy – methane gas. This comes from cow and sheep burps and farts. Yum! However, the more gas there is for me to gobble up, the hotter Earth gets. This is called ‘global warming’ – my favourite. I have heard that some of you can’t take the heat and want to put me on a diet. How rude! You say global warming is causing problems such as ice caps melting, seas rising and large storms sweeping over your homes. I’m very worried. If you switch to renewable energy sources, like solar or wind power, I’ll have less carbon dioxide to eat. And if you eat less meat, I won’t have so much delicious methane. This will make me cool – and not in a good way. I don’t like these ideas one bit!

Dragons from Chinese myths are powerful creatures that are seen as symbols of luck. They live in water and can control rain. It is thought that they can summon terrible storms.


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the ACID sea dragon

You will find me swimming silently through the ocean. I like the peaceful life unlike my showoff twin, the atmosdragon. I also feed on the carbon dioxide that you humans make, and thankfully there is lots in the ocean. The sea water absorbs gas from the air and I eat it up. I can then use it to make the water more acidic, which is the perfect habitat for me.

The Loch Ness Monster or ‘Nessie’ is rumoured to live in Loch Ness, a Lake in Scotland. It is also described as a shy creature and only a few blurry photographs suggest its existence.


Over time, this more acidic water slowly dissolves the skeletons and shells of creatures such as pesky clams, oysters and coral. It can also stop their shells from forming in the first place! Humans seem to like these scuttling sea critters and are trying to stop me from harming them. They have made a pact to produce less carbon dioxide. All I want is to be left alone, but without carbon dioxide I will be very hungry, and annoyed ‌

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The LOGRE

When you hear the buzz of my saws and the rumble of my wheels, it’s best to make yourself scarce. No tree or animal stands in my way, for I am the Logre! Humans love plants and trees because they absorb carbon dioxide and make oxygen for people to breathe. But I hate them. They are just in my way. So are bumpy parts of the land. I uproot trees, flatten mountains and alter the course of rivers. I have been working tirelessly for years, but I’ve not yet torn down half of all the trees on Earth. So much work left to do.

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Humans are trying to stop me in my tracks, but they are too slow to catch me. Their effort to protect forests is futile – I can swat them away like bugs. Although, I have heard on the tree vine that some clever clogs are now recycling paper and replanting trees. Some people are even changing what they eat, so that forests don’t need to be cleared to raise livestock or grow crops. This is a bit of a worry for me – I’m going to have to start working nights as well as during the day!

The ogres from traditional fairy tales are mostly interested in eating children and saying fee-fi-fo-fum. However, the nasty Logre prefers destroying forests and going brumbrrrrrum-brrrruuum.


22 Modern Monsters Threatening Our Environment (and What You Can Do to Defeat Them!) Selling points ›› Published to coincide with Earth Day’s 50th anniversary, April 22nd 2020 ›› Presented in a friendly and humorous way, each monster gives readers an introduction to one of today’s environmental menaces – from global warming to plastic pollution and e-waste to deforestation ›› Kids can use the Monster Cards to learn how to vanquish each monster by making small changes in their everyday lives to reduce their carbon footprint - saving the planet could be as simple as riding a bike or eating vegetables! ›› Mythical monsters have always represented humanity’s greatest fears – the environmental monsters in Planet SOS are no different, and each is paired with a legendary beast from cultures around the world ›› The perfect book for any young eco-hero who wants to help the planet but doesn’t yet know how Description Our planet is sending out an SOS. From global warming to plastic pollution, real-life environmental monsters are threatening our world at every turn. Now it’s your chance to challenge them! Meet the habitat-harming monsters that are ruining the Earth and learn how to vanquish each one – the fearsome Atmosdragon is heating the planet and causing global warming, while the bright-eyed Glareworm is busy creating light pollution and the Smogosaurus is filling our air with toxic fumes. In all, 22 monsters feature in Planet SOS and each is paired with the mythological beast it is based on. Each monster is accompanied by a Monster Card outlining the big, bad beast’s weaknesses and how to use each one to your advantage.

ISBN 978-1-912920-21-1

9 781912 920211

Author/Illustrator: Marie G. Rohde Ages: 7+ years Price: £14.99 Format: Hardback Extent: 60 pages Trim size: 300 x 240 mm Pub date: April 2nd 2020 ISBN: 978-1-9129202-1-1 Author/Illustrator information On finishing her architectural studies in Sweden, Marie G. Rohde entered a children’s books competition and began a new and unexpected chapter in her life. This book is the result of a lifelong interest in myths and environmental issues. Marie lives in Barcelona.

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