MATIC, Mia Ocean Blue: Delphi Island Balboa Press, 2012/13 67pp $12.99 pbk +e ISBN 9781452506401
William Taylor is a lucky boy. It is summer holiday time and he lives with his parents in beautiful Allymera Bay where he swims and surfs every day. Unfortunately, like many places of natural beauty, Allymora Bay and nearby magical Delphi Island are suffering. The lovely area is awash with plastic and other forms of flotsam that pollute the sea and beaches and endanger the animals that live there. The sea animals recognise their crisis and agree that action is necessary, but what can they do? The young dolphin, Bubbles, comes up with a solution, they will need human intervention, and using his friend Silva’s special power of intuition, they seek out a suitable human. William is astonished to be approached by the dolphins, who communicate by thoughtwaves, and agrees to help.
With the cooperation of his understanding parents and other supportive adults, it is agreed to set up a ‘Clean up Allymera Bay Day’, and to include Delphi Island in the operation, to release the animals already dangerously entangled in plastic. In spite of some initial adult apathy and mischief attempted by the school bully, the day is a great success, and . . .
Mia Matic has produced a positive book stressing our role in conserving the beauties of nature that should never be taken for granted, and our ongoing responsibility in this area. The book has short chapters and an interesting vocabulary. The magical elements and communication with the animals should appeal to years 5 – 6.
reviewed by Joy Steward