Taking Out The Trash – Lockie Leonard: Scumbuster Review

Lockie Leonard. An ordinary guy that’s disgusted by the pollution in an area of his town. Personally, didn’t enjoy the book much at all, ever since I flipped to page one. Although some of the humour made me smile, it really didn’t appeal to me. It felt like parts of the play were missing, and that it was kind of hard for me to catch up to the storyline. Sure, it did send an environmental message through to the reader, but I’m not sure if it was represented the way it was supposed to. I’d probably recommend this to the teens that care about the environment, though, as it does have some important features and details of pollution in its story, though I wouldn’t recommend it for teens that are in it for a laugh.

The environmental message is of water pollution, and how the waste gets from the pipes into the clean water systems. This enraged Lockie in the story, and other environmentalists in real life. Sullying water systems not only makes it disgustingly ugly to look at and revolting to smell, but it’s also a danger to wildlife that live underwater and near the water area as well. Animals can die living in sullied waters, as do plants underneath the pollution lying on the surface. In the story, Lockie and his friend, Egg, protest to clean up the water, only to be declined and ignored a few times. At the end, though, they have it their way.

In the play, each character is different in both character and appearance. Lockie is a guy that keeps his cool (almost) and is carefree (almost), unlike his best friend Egg, who is sort of described like an emo character that’s depressed and sad. Lockie has an Aussie accent and uses Aussie slang in what he says, which at some point annoys me. The humour in the story is okay, closer to the lamer side, but okay. The structure of the play and how it’s set in the book is good and easy to follow, and how the words are written in caps to signify anger or yelling can make you imagine what their voice would be like in your head.

The exploration of the environmental issues were quite thorough as it’s been repeated many times in the play, as well as mixing in other problems the characters specifically have in their personal lives, e.g. relationships with girls (Lockie, Dot and Vicky) and friendship (such as between Lockie and Egg). They mentioned about the polluted waters many times throughout the play as well. At the end, they didn’t sort out the problem of stopping the waste of getting in the water properly though. Clogging pipes aren’t really a good idea (don’t go trying it, you’ll be sorry) so I don’t think the characters are good role models, although their determination in saving the environment are to be respected. Teenagers can learn to appreciate the environment and what goes on a lot more by reading this. They could be persuaded into stopping throwing plastic bottles out into the ocean at the beach, or plastic bags when they’re out. I’d recommend it for the environmental message because it could inspire someone to pitch in and save the environment, which is a great help to the world, as every person counts in things such as this.

Overall, I find that Lockie Leonard: Scumbuster is a play below satisfactory, though the environmental message came through in the end. I’d recommend this book to those who want to help save the world from pollution as this could inspire them to help, but to me, I don’t find this book interesting. The humour doesn’t get to me and my mind wanders through the story a lot while I read it. It’s not a bad book, don’t get me wrong, but I just don’t find this very appealing to me.

My rate on the story: ★★☆☆☆

3 thoughts on “Taking Out The Trash – Lockie Leonard: Scumbuster Review

  1. Pingback: The Envirnments Doom: Lockie Leonard Scumbuster Review | 7 Aqua English @ Bossley Park High

  2. A thoughtful personal response. You have a strong natural voice that comes through your writing. Consider using a colon in the first sentence… “Lockie Leonard: an ordinary guy who’s disgusted by pollution.” You also need to use “who” instead of “that” when referring directly to people: “who’s disgusted”, “teens who care”, “teens who are in it”, “guy who keeps his cool”, “who is depressed and sad”. You use language in a sophisticated manner. I liked your used of “sullied”. You discuss aspects of the language from the play well, and justify your opinion with a discussion of what worked and didn’t work in the play, from your perspective. Your argument that the environmental message is strong, but that the play is no necessarily good entertainment for everyone, is well-supported.

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