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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 gases that I eat. Without me, Earth would be too cold for delicate creatures like humans to live on. Recently, you humans have been so nice to 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. Ice caps are melting, which means polar bears have nowhere to live. Also seas are rising and large storms are 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.

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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ACID sea dragon

You will find me floating around coral reefs in the ocean. I like the peaceful life unlike my show-off 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 turn the water into acid, which is the perfect habitat for me.

The Loch Ness Monster or “Nessie� is rumored to live in Loch Ness Lake in Scotland. It is a shy creature and only a few blurry photographs hint to its existence.


Over time, this acid water dissolves the skeletons and shells of creatures such as clams, oysters, and coral. 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 trees because they turn carbon dioxide into oxygen for them to breathe. But I hate them. Many of my monster friends need carbon dioxide to survive, so my job is to rid the planet of forests and jungles. I uproot trees, flatten mountains, and change 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. I have heard on the tree vine that some smarty pantses 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.


Author/Illustrator: Marie G. Rohde Ages: 8-12 years Price: US $24.00 CAN $32.50 Format: Hardback Extent: 60 pages Trim size: 9.4 x 11.8 inches Pub date: April 7th, 2020 ISBN: 978-1-9129202-2-8 BISAC codes: JNF037020 JUVENILE NONFICTION / Science & Nature / Environmental Conservation & Protection JNF052030 JUVENILE NONFICTION / Social Science / Folklore & Mythology JNF071000 JUVENILE NONFICTION / Social Activism & Volunteering

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

Selling points ›› Published to coincide with the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, April 22, 2020 ›› Presented in a friendly and humorous way, with each monster giving 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 defeat each monster by making small changes in their everyday lives to reduce their carbon footprint—saving the planet could be as simple as riding your bike or eating your vegetables! ›› The perfect book for any young eco-hero who wants to help the planet but doesn’t yet know how

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.

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. The fearsome Atmosdragon is heating the planet and causing global warming, while the Smogosaurus is filling our air with toxic fumes. We need heroes – could you be one of them? In all, 22 monsters feature in Planet SOS and each of them is accompanied by a Monster Card outlining the big, bad beasts’ weaknesses. Mythical monsters have always represented humanity’s greatest fears, and the environmental monsters in Planet SOS are no different. Each is paired with the mythological beast it is based on. Planet SOS is the perfect handbook for any eco-hero who wants to learn about our global environmental crisis. A gatefold highlighting monster-beating actions kids can take, a gate-fold world map showing where these environmental problems can be found, glossary, index, and source notes round out the title.

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

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