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Forest Fighter

The Story of Chico Mendes

Forest Fighter
Anita Ganeri By (author)
Margaux Carpentier Illustrated by
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9.5 X 11.5 in
48 pg

JUVENILE NONFICTION / Biography & Autobiography / Social Activists
JUVENILE NONFICTION / Science & Nature / Environmental Conservation & Protection
JUVENILE NONFICTION / People & Places / United States / Hispanic & Latino


Grippingly written by award-winning author, Anita Ganeri, and vibrantly illustrated by Margaux Carpentier, Forest Fighter tells the inspiring story of Chico Mendes, who was not afraid to speak up for others and worked tirelessly to protect the rainforest.


“A welcome and timely introduction to a pioneering Brazilian conservationist … Readers learn about the semi-feudal system under which rubber tapper communities toiled, exploited by rich landowners who deliberately sought to keep workers and their families illiterate and thus disempowered … Ganeri’s biographical account uses a narrative nonfiction style and is interspersed with factual information about the Amazon forest … [and] Carpentier’s vibrant and colorful folk art–style illustrations.” - Kirkus Reviews

“This beautiful picture-book biography brings readers the story of Brazilian environmentalist Chico Mendes and his important work to preserve and protect the Amazon rainforest …These events come to life in Carpentier’s eye-catching, full-page illustrations, which use vibrant shades of red, green, pink, and deep purple to bring out the beauty of the rainforest, its animals, and the people who live there.” - Booklist

“Ganeri inspires with this empathic biography of activist Chico Mendes (1944–1988) and his fight to save the Amazon rainforest … Seamlessly woven throughout is essential context about the challenges and … the pivotal impact of Mendes’s work. Ganeri’s fact-filled narration is balanced by evocative details … while Carpentier’s tropical-hued digital illustrations incorporate chalk textures, helping readers to visualize the Amazon’s destruction … Ages 7–12.” - Publishers Weekly

Author Bio

Anita Ganeri is an award-winning author that has written over 300 books, including the best-selling Horrible Geography series. Anita was born in India but grew up and went to school and university in England. She now lives in West Yorkshire, England with her family.

Margaux Carpentier is a painter and illustrator based in London. She works on all kinds of projects, ranging from illustrated books to large scale painting and murals, and sometimes even sculptures. She has illustrated two other children’s books for Crocodile Books: Planting Peace: The Story of Wangari Maathai and Darwin’s Tree of Life.