BLOG TOUR: Sally Gardner

The Tindims and the Ten Green Bottles: a whole load of fun with a brilliant message!!

“In their third adventure Ethel B Dina, who looks after the fish hospital and loves to sing, needs ten green, glass bottles to complete her musical Bottleramma. But she is surrounded by too many plastic bottles which do not make music. Join the Tindims in their glass bottle hunt and meet the Tindims explorer, Tiddledum.”

I’m a massive fan of a fun book with great characters which has a brilliant message and this one hits all of those boxes for me!

The Tindims are a brilliant bunch of recyclers who live on Rubbish Island. They are firm believers in recycling and reusing thing – so much so they have their very own motto: What is rubbish today is treasure tomorrow (which I just think is the loveliest message!). In this third instalment of the series, there is a special guest expected on the island and the TIndims realise they can’t welcome him in their usual way – their Bottlerama isn’t complete and they need to go on a hunt for some more glass bottles!

This book properly made me smile because I’ve been a big fan of the sea shanty craze that’s been going around and this just fit in that perfectly! I loved that this book was centred around music yet still delivered the messages around recycling, reusing and using your brain to solve problems!

This is the perfect book for Year 2/3 because it is told in short chapters and it’s fully illustrated by the wonderful Lydia Corry throughout. I love how the illustrations bring the story to life and you really learn a lot about the island and the characters through the illustrations. If you’ve read any of the other books, you’ll know what I mean by saying the illustrations are so full of fun and charm!

Something that I really love about this book is that it is printed in a dyslexic-friendly font, which makes this book perfect for young readers. This book would make a gorgeous readaloud/independent read for more confident children in those year groups!

This book would be SPOT ON for a materials topic or a topic around recycling/being kinder to the planet. I’ll be passing this on to my Y2 colleague in the coming days because I just love it so much!

My Goodreads review:

I love the Tindims. They’re so brave – going on adventures, talking to Little Legs and trying to save the world. These books are a great look at conservation, recycling and helping the planet. I really like how these can link to a whole load of science too!


A massive thanks to Zephyr for inviting me to be on the blog tour and for sending me a copy of the book! I just adored it! The Tindims is out now!

Have you got a favourite book to teach kids about being kind to the world?

S x

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