Fuzzy Mud by Louis Sachar

We love Louis Sachar (whose name rhymes with cracker – in case you were wondering) and after reading Fuzzy Mud I decided that it qualified as a vegan book for children 🙂 It doesn’t use the v-word but the main protagonist seems to be a plant-eater (there is no mention of any animal protein in her diet) and the grippingly entertaining story is wrapped around a vitally  important environmental message.  I wouldn’t be at all surprised to discover that Louis Sachar was veg*n but I have no idea whether he actually is.  Anyway, this book qualifies so I wanted to share it with you 🙂

The story is about Tamaya who has a scholarship to a posh school and walks there every day with Marshall who is a year older than her (they’re pre-teens I think). They never go through the woods because there are creepy rumours about a strange guy who lives there.  And they’ve been told not to.  Meanwhile, on the other side of the woods a laboratory is developing a new “green” fuel, made of artificially engineered living micro-organisms, aka ‘fuzzy mud’.  Well,  one day, after being challenged to a fight by the school bully, Marshall decides, for his own safety, to go home via the woods.  Tamaya doesn’t want to go that way but she’s not supposed to walk home alone so she follows him.  And that’s when it gets really scary!

I’m not going to tell you anymore (and don’t spoil it for yourself by reading the Amazon blurb because it gives too much away) because you should get the book and enjoy the whole thing from the beginning 🙂

Author:  Louis Sachar

Genre:  Juvenile fiction/thriller

Recommended for readers aged 8 and up

Format:  Paperback (256 pages) and Kindle Edition and Audio Download

Published:  August 2016

ISBN-10:  1408864754

ISBN-13:  978-1408864753

Dimensions:  19.7 x 1.3 x 13.1cm

Available from Amazon and undoubtedly other bookshops and libraries 🙂


vegan graphic novel

Maddicts is a dark satire, set a little in the future.  In 2027 the world is looking pretty bleak. Factory farming has escalated beyond even today’s levels and the Government is planning to build bigger, more hideous animal breeding and slaughtering facilities on greenbelt land.  At the same time human dementia has reached epidemic proportions and very few have made the connection between that and meat addiction.  In this world of non joined-up thinking, only a few individuals are aware of the looming crisis.  Professor Miriam Goode attempts to warn the public but no one is listening.

The story unfolds day by day, in a darkly-comic documentary style, revealing what happens when billions of abused and brutalised animals the world over act simultaneously to escape their bonds and make a break for freedom.

There’s no swearing or disturbing images or anything like that, but it’s not really suitable for under 12s.  You can read it here first if you like 🙂

Author/Illustrator: Violet’s Vegan Comics

Genre: Graphic novel/satire/horror/

Recommended for ages 12 and up

Published: September 2014

Format: Paperback (102 pages)

ISBN-10: 1500985724
ISBN-13: 978-1500985721

Dimensions: 17.8 x 0.6 x 25.4 cm

Price:  £9.50

 Click here to buy from Amazon UK

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