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The Tindims of Rubbish Island

Sally Gardner

The Tindims of Rubbish Island


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  • Friends & Family - tears and laughter, and happy ever after

Average rating

4 out 5

17 reviews

The tiny Tindims are like the Borrowers-on-Sea, who turn our everyday rubbish into treasure. A world of characters and adventures to inspire conservation and inventive ways to recycle.



My favourite characters were Skittle and Brew. I liked the front cover. I highly recommend this book because it’s set on an island made of rubbish and this is really interesting.

Lady Iggy Pendragon 30.12.2023


This was my favourite book that I read this summer probably. I liked the sound of the bright sea festival and the way it was written was really imaginative.

Captain Magnolia Sparrow 07.09.2023


I enjoyed this book as it showed teamwork and problem solving.

Marshal Jewel Palm-tree 11.08.2023


I would recommend this book because it is funny and a little bit strange. I thought I wouldn't like this book but it turns out I loved it.

Fairy Blossom Glitterball 21.01.2023


I would recommend it

Anonymous 27.12.2022


this story made me laugh!

Dona Hopscotch Nuggets 22.09.2022


I thought it was a little bit silly because the illustrations of the characters were very silly. It’s fiction and I liked the character Pinch the dog. I would recommend it to my friends for a light and fun reading.

Anonymous 02.09.2022


There was a girl called Skittles, a boy called Brew and a pet called Pinch. They were going to set up a sea-themed festival and everyone had to dress up as any type of sea creature. They had a problem which was Ethel B Dina was blown away with a giant balloon, so the Tindims and the others saved the day by telling her to sing about Dolphin and Turtle so she could be rescued her. My favourite part was when Ethel B Dina sang her songs because it was really calming.

Professor Crocodile O’Doughnut 31.08.2022


I loved it. It was the best. I would recommend it to someone else because it is funny, hilarious and nice. My favourite character is the girl called Skittle because she is the one who solves the mystery. The dogs tail is so long that it can reach the top of the girls bunk bed and lift her down. The tindims are much more smaller than humans.

Senorita Candyfloss Pineapple 19.08.2022


I liked how Ethel B Dina has a connection to the creatures of the sea.

Inspector Hank Owl 17.08.2022


This book is about the best recyclers in the world. My favourite portion was when the brightsea festival started. I liked the character Skittle. I recommend reading this book

Captain Rapper Luther 16.08.2022


I liked the detail and the characters I liked pinch the best

Professor Peaches Legend 15.08.2022


It was really good. Ethel B Dina was the one I liked most - she can sing and she looks after animals and sings to them. I learnt you should always tidy up rubbish when it has been thrown away and recycle it. I would recommend it to other people because it was really good. I really liked the characters because Captain Spoons is funny.

Director Phoenix Dalmatian 09.08.2022


How do they turn rubbish into treasure

Officer Pansy Peanut-butter 04.08.2022


Wasn’t awesome

General Aardvark Jamboree 02.08.2022

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