Too Much Stuff was written and illustrated in 2020 under strict lockdown in Vietnam. My family and I had been living there for 9 years when Covid struck and sent the whole world into a spin. Our family of five had just downsized to apartment living and with a smaller living space we had to cull our possessions. At the same time I had been reading 'The Lorax' by Dr Seuss and 'The Hole' by Oyvind Torseter to my kids and the environment and sustainability was firmly on my mind. Vietnamese products are cheap, cheap, cheap but they last all of 5 min before you just go out and buy another one. This seems to be the way of the world right now and it was bugging me. So with these thoughts whirring around in my head I sat down during lockdown 0.1 and wrote and illustrated 'Too Much Stuff'.
What is my vision for this book? That kids and families will read it and discuss the meaning behind it. To question their consumption and spending habits and to recycle what they already have. My kids seem just as happy to receive 'hand me down' toys from their older cousins, rather than another brand new plastic toy that lasts 5 seconds. These products are made from cheap materials and then shipped across the world, only to end up in a landfill. This to me is not sustainable in our current world. So please enjoy the book for it's whimsical tale but also discuss the subject with your kids because they literally are the future of our planet.