Zazu Dreams: Between the Scarab and the Dung Beetle, A Cautionary Fable for the Anthropocene Era

By Cara Judea Alhadeff. Eifrig Publishing, 2019. 

Zazu Dreams: Between the Scarab and the Dung Beetle, A Cautionary Fable for the Anthropocene Era is cross-cultural, intergenerational book about climate justice, interracial families, love, and deep science. Endorsed by Noam Chomsky, Eve Ensler, James E. Hansen, Rabbi Lerner, David Orr, SHKG Humpty Hump, Thom Hartmann, Paul Hawken, and Bill McKibben among other activists, and scientists, Zazu Dreams unravels the complexities of our climate crisis as it celebrates our interconnectedness through indigenous wisdoms, economic, literary, environmental science, and historical resources. Lush illustrations and encyclopedic endnotes explore the intersections between the sciences and humanities. Intended to ignite dialogue and collective action, Zazu Dreams is a combination of magical realism and an interdisciplinary environmental-science resource guide.
Bill McKibben calls Zazu Dreams a “fascinating book. . . . This is a real cosmic adventure–through space, through time, through the human heart.”
Zazu Dreams reclaims the power of language as both a poetic intervention into politics and storytelling and as a powerful force for reclaiming the radical imagination. Zazu Dreams moves across disciplinary borders, collapses genres, unsettles how we think about the planet and the need to keep it going, and inspires and energizes a sense of individual and social agency and collective hope as it unfolds. This is a brilliant book whose relevance cuts across generations, merges the space between adult and child, and gives the poetic as a force for struggle and hope a new and urgent political register.”
–Dr. Henry Giroux, author of Disposable Futures: Violence in the Age of the Spectacle