A world that exists only to have fun without any consideration of how we can make a difference?
A world where you live day by day with the hope that destruction doesn’t come your way if you remain behind the fence?
A boy who does something about his and his planet’s future despite what others say – This is Planet of the Orb Trees by Barton Ludwig.
Set in the future in an old amusement park, where you can have everything you want – but this everything is just purely amusement rides and food – no trees, no flowers and really no life except for humans.
Planet of the Orb trees explores a world where people don’t seem to care about the world around them only care for themselves and their own outcomes.
Kai, the main character, is determined to reach another planet for a better life and possibly to help his own destroyed planet. In order to do this he has to leave the safety of the amusement park, cross a desert and work out different traps and puzzles.
My older child enjoyed reading this story and although there were some sections that needed clarification, it was overall enjoyed.
With large colourful pictures on each page, readers aged 7-13 will enjoy reading this science fiction picture book and possibly give themselves some time to think about how they care for the world around them. Quirky characters abound and strange experiences occur but underneath this lively tale is a message – care for the world as if you were caring for it for others too.
So many of us just care for ourselves and out immediate fun – we act without thought and consequences. Kai’s planet is destroyed because of this and young readers will see the desolation of the planet despite the so called easy life the amusement park residents have.
Mr. Ludwig wrote “Planet of the Orb Trees” with hopes to promote ecological awareness, conservation of resources, and cohabitation and cooperation with animals.
Planet of the Orb trees has been published by Heart Lab Press and is available on Amazon.