Beetles for Breakfast: And Other Weird and Wonderful Ways to Save the Planet


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Author: Madeleine Finlay


We all know the effects that climate change and global warming are having on our planet - but what we don't all know is some of the strange, and often bizarre ways scientists are working to find practical and imaginative answers to these big problems.

Following a day in the life of an average child, we see how some of these futuristic inventions could fit into everyday life: from brushing your teeth with biodegradable algae, to eating beetle burgers for lunch and coming home to do your homework with a pen containing ink made from exhaust fumes. With a mixture of abstract, infographic-style artwork and topical, funny and expertly-researched facts, children will love seeing familiar scenes with a futuristic twist, teaching them all about the cool, exciting and sometimes quite strange inventions that could be commonplace in the not-so-distant future.

About the Author: 

Having graduated from Edinburgh University with a first-class Undergraduate Master's in Physics, Honours Astrophysics, Madeleine Finlay went on to work as a trainee patent attorney for just over a year. However, she soon decided to pursue a more creative career, and studied for a Master's in Science Communication. During that time she was Editor-in-Chief of I, Science,​ Imperial College London's science magazine and then worked as a science writer at the National Physical Laboratory. She now freelances in science journalism and radio, working with clients such as the BBC and New Scientist, among others.