#BlogTour – Monty and the Ocean Rescue: A Plastic Disaster by MT Sanders, illustrated by Zoe Saunders

Monty, Cookie and the spangles are back at the beach for the fifth book in this series of childrens books. 

When Cookie sees a splash in the water her newfoundland instinct to rescue takes over and she immediately heads out to help. When she returns the dogs get a huge surprise as they hear a desperate plea.

What follows is an adventure that could turn out to be their biggest and most difficult so far. 

This is a gentle introduction for children about the issues of plastic pollution in our oceans and even features Sir David Attenborough.

I think this is the first children’s book I’ve reviewed here – and what a beauty to start off with!

This charming book conveys an important message about plastic pollution, told in a non-preachy way by Monty the newfie. He and his other doggie friends go on a journey to rescue a number of sea creatures from plastic items, then recount their adventure in a rhyme! (Why can’t all books be like this?)

The book is a decent size with full page illustration and large text for younger readers to read along with. The pictures are bright and very sweet, I would have loved this book as a kid! (Full disclosure: I love it now.)

Not only does the book feature a cameo from Sir David Attenborough, my personal hero, but the author received a letter from Sir Attenborough in response to this mention which has warmed the cockles of my heart.

MT Sanders (author) and Monty (champion of mermaids)

MT Sanders is a writer, blogger and author of the childrens book Monty and the Ocean Rescue.

An accidental career began after he took early retirement and began writing stories on social media about his five dogs. Life according to Monty Dogge soon attracted a huge following and led to invites to blog live from Crufts and other high-profile events.

In 2017 and 2018 Vuelio placed it in the top ten UK pet blogs and the still growing readership encouraged MT to write a book. I’m not a Pandacow was the debut children’s book released in 2017 and this has been quickly followed by four more to date.

MT and Monty spend the major part of their time touring schools across the country bringing the tales to life as children get to meet the star of the books.

The latest book is a real passion project for the author who is a huge supporter of conservation projects and a champion for animal welfare. It goes without saying that MT was delighted to receive a handwritten message of good luck from no other than Sir David Attenborough who features in the book.

The Newfydoof contingent: Monty (the brains) and Cookie (the looks)

Monty’s literary career started when as a young pup his hooman dad began writing stories about his antics. His social media following grew as did his ego and this resulted in him demanding top billing in all book titles. Cookie and the three spangles Molly, Poppy and Bailey are happy to play underdogs as they know everyone realises who are the real stars.

Monty (8) continues to be very active in school visits, charity events and show appearances though he did retire from doing his live Crufts blog this year.

Cookie (6) Is recovering from a cruciate ligament operation at Christmas but is pretty much back to her bouncy slobbernosserus self.

The Spangles: Molly, Poppy and Bailey

Molly (13) Continues to defy time by acting more like her paw size than her age.

Poppy (10) Still lists eating rubber bands as her main hobby but does enjoy a good roll in fox poo.

Bailey (9) Is still trying to work out what day it is…..did someone say ‘Ball’?

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