Quirky Book Alert! Moby Duck: The True Story of 28,800 Bath Toys

This isn’t really about art or printmaking.

Actually it’s not about art or printmaking at all. I just thought I would share about an unusually captivating book I have just read.

I had been recommended a book about Antarctic exploration by another artist, and in the process of hunting for it in the library catalog I came across an intriguing title:

“Moby Duck: The True Story of 28, 800 Bath Toys Lost at Sea”.

I put in a request on the library system and in due course it arrived.

This book is filled with so much variety. There is science, adventure, environmental comment and tales from some remote places that most of us will never get the chance to visit. Although the title suggests that the story is about an ocean going ship losing a container of plastic baths toys, the story is really about the voyage of the author.

Donovan Hohn becomes fascinated by the idea of tens of thousands bath toys floating around the ocean, and ends up taking us on an epic journey around the globe trying to find out where they came from and where they have ended up. This book is both frivolous and serious all at once and it’s quirkiness definitely struck a chord with me. If you stumble across it in your local library when looking for something else entirely, it’s a great discovery. Or perhaps you might even go looking for it…

Moby Duck: The True Story of 28, 800 Bath Toys Lost at Sea and of the Beachcombers, Oceanographers, Environmentalists, and Fools, Including the Author, Who Went in Search of Them By Donovan Hohn

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