The Big Plug – review and giveaway

I’m always interested in mixing our love of nature with reading and when I heard about the new Peter Grenville children’s book, The Big Plug, I thought we should have a read of it.  Published last month through Matador Books, The Big Plug is a paperback chapter book aimed at children aged 5 years and over.

The Big Plug

In The Big Plug, we see the world through the eyes of some wise old Cherry Trees as they watch the Two Legs destroy the world around them.  My 7 year old son was hooked from the start as we read this book together.  He loves the idea that animals and plants could talk to each other and giggled at the suggestion that daffodils and tulips always argue.

The book talks about the dreaded garden waste bin collections, and bonfire night from the trees point of view.  My son knew it was a bad idea to saw off live branches from a tree to put on the fire.  As much as he’s obsessed with sticks, he knows he only ever plays with ones he finds on the ground.

The Big Plug

As time passes, global warming is taking hold and The Two Legs have a lot to answer for. Plants were dying and smog covered the land.  The plants and animals needed to take action and it was the spiders who had come up with a plan, The Big Plug. Could it really work? Could the spiders plug the power from the sun, and burn off the smog and give nature back its different seasons?

I won’t tell you how the story ends, but we’ve really enjoyed reading The Big Plug here.  The language works well for children of my son’s age and he really grasped the idea behind the story.  It’s the sort of book to raise discussion, which I’m always very keen on. I’ve included my Amazon Affiliate link below in case you’d like to read it with your own kids too.

disclosure:  we were sent the item mentioned in exchange for an honest review.


I’ve teamed up with Matador Books to offer 3 lucky readers the chance to win The Big Plug for themselves.  JUst complete the Gleam form below for your chance to win.  Good luck!

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Once a winner is randomly picked, I will check if the winner has done what was requested and I will contact them, if they do not reply within one week, the prize will be allocated to another person.

The giveaway will close on 12th July 2017 at midnight.

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The Big Plug book

About Over 40 and a Mum to One

I'm a Mum in my late 40′s with an 8 year old son. I had a busy life in Export Sales before my Monkey came along, but decided to become a stay at home Mum once he arrived. Now I enjoy writing my own family lifestyle and travel blog. sharing the adventures that we have as Monkey makes his journey through school. We have a cat called Brewster who makes appearances and I’m a mad Ferrari Formula 1 fan, so that expect to hear about as each season unfolds. We love reviewing days out, toys, games and books and would love the opportunity to look at anything that fits in with our family lifestyle. We are always out and about and offering an insight on the places we visit, with a passion for nature thrown in for good measure. If you like what you read please leave me a comment, I love to hear from people, and always try to reply. Enjoy the read.

93 thoughts on “The Big Plug – review and giveaway

  1. Oak tree
    Reminds me of all our outdoor adventures when we were young – it was always fun climbing
    Many happy memories

  2. The Baobab tree. It’s known as “The Tree of Life” and it’s no wonder why. This tree is remarkable and has a great many life-sustaining qualities. It’s also referred to as ‘The Upside Down” tree.

  3. I love the apple tree we have in the garden , perfect for shade , love the pretty apple blossoms and the kids play in it and eat the yummy apples

  4. Cherry blossom trees are they so beautiful and my daughter absolutely loves them when the blossom arrives.

  5. I have a cherry tree and an orange blossom both beautiful when they flower I think I like the Orange blossom best it smells gorgeous

  6. I love oak trees because they remind me that Autumn is coming and that’s my favourite season, when the leaves all change colour and theres a slight nip in the air plus it’s when my birthday is

  7. Horse chestnut – I love collecting conkers with my nephew and next time round, my twins will be old enough to join in 😀

  8. Mine isn’t necessarily a favourite tree but I love to see a single lone tree at the top of a hill that’s grown at an angle due to the winds but still stands strong x

  9. I love horse chestnut trees as I have fond childhood memories of playing conkers and climbing the massive tree at my mums

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