Troubador Gullpower

Released: 28/01/2022

ISBN: 9781803130323

Format: Paperback

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Poppy is a fun-loving young seagull whose carefree life is suddenly changed when another gull’s head gets trapped in a piece of plastic rubbish that was floating in the sea. Horrified, she decides she has to do something to stop plastic pollution. But even with the help of her resourceful gang, the Grabbos, she soon realises that they can’t do it alone because of the sheer scale of the problem.

As they watch Poppy’s one human friend, a little girl, the gulls come to see that some plastic things are useful. But they are shocked that so much of it is thrown away and ends up in the world’s oceans. They figure that humans are making far too much plastic, and that they must hatch a plan to try and temporarily shut down plastic-producing factories.

But what about the crows, the gulls’ sworn enemies? They are going to be a problem, especially as they love to hoard bits of plastic rubbish. Poppy has to be brave and face up to the crows. Can she convince them to help her and the Grabbos? And if so, what kind of ingenious plan can they come up with to tackle this world problem?

Ideal for ages 6 - 8, this charming book has an important message for our younger generation who will inherit the world we leave behind.

Gullpower is currently on sale in the I360 shop in Brighton, also in Barnes and Binns, Hove.

5 Stars
Eco warriors with poo bombs!

Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 21 April 2022

When her friend becomes entangled in plastic waste floating in the sea, Poppy the seagull determines to do something about it. After galvanising her fellow gulls and convincing their enemies the crows to join them, they embark on a global adventure to save the world from plastic pollution.

Gullpower is a fast-moving story with an important message for our times: by cooperating with our enemies, rather than fighting with them, we can overcome even the most serious of problems affecting us all. The story is told with great empathy and humour, and the illustrations are the icing on the cake.

5 Star
Gulls have the Power to Change the World

Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 25 March 2022

How to tell small children about how to help save our Planet? Write a funny story about a bird war on plastic pollution. Gullpower is a band of Seagulls who scavenge beachgoers picnics and find to their coast how plastic can be very damaging. Clever Gull Poppy devises a plan with her friends and enlists the help of their enemies the Crows, for a world wide assault on manufacturers, with their own secret weapons. It will entrance, education and have your children in stitches. I love this book.

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How to tell small children about how to help save our Planet? Write a funny story about a bird war on plastic pollution. Gullpower is a band of Seagulls who scavenge beachgoers picnics and find to their coast how plastic can be very damaging. Clever Gull Poppy devises a plan with her friends and enlists the help of their enemies the Crows, for a world wide assault on plastic manufacturers, with their own secret weapons. It will entrance, education and have your children in stitches. I love this book.

by Scilla Robinson


Joan Woodruff

I've always enjoyed writing for fun. (I once had a six-month correspondence with the cat next door.) As a child, I wrote sketches for my friends to perform. As an adult working on the children's ward at the Royal Marsden Hospital, I wrote and produced 16 annual staff pantomimes.

Conservation has always been very important to me. I am a member of Friends of the Earth and the World Wide Fund for Nature. The idea for Gullpower first came to me soon after I read an article on plastics pollution. I was visiting the south coast, and a seagull left a deposit on my windscreen. The two things came together, and I thought, "Aha! That's what I'll write about."

Gullpower is my first book. Many years ago I met Helen Sharman. She told me that she almost didn't apply for the job of astronaut as she was convinced that she wouldn't be selected. Her mother persuaded her to apply, and in 1991 she became the first British person in space. Her advice to me was never to put off trying for something if you really want to achieve it. And that is why I decided to have Gullpower published.


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