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Starred Review. PreSchool-Grade 2–With a style familiar to fans of Im Mighty! (2003) and I Stink! (2002, both HarperCollins), McMullan introduces a sassy backhoe loader who relishes his dirty job. He brags about his equipment and then heads to work, where he cleans up an abandoned lot. Cleaning up this mess? Easy as pie. Make that a MUD pie. Counting down from 10 to 1, the backhoe removes the alliterative trash: 4 cat-clawed couches, 3 scuffed-up signs, 2 tossed-out toilet seats, 1 wonky washing machine. Then, he pulls out a tree stump, takes a mud bath, and back-drags his bucket over the dirt. Throughout the story, the machine becomes progressively dirtier, with a repeating motif of mud. The text flies about the pages, changing size, shape, and orientation. With its saucy tone and dynamic color cartoon illustrations, this picture book exudes energy.–Suzanne Myers Harold, Multnomah County Library System, Portland, OR
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*Starred Review* The irresistible, growling garbage-truck star of the McMullens' I Stink! (2002) collected legions of small fans. This follow-up's narrator, a swaggering, dirt-loving backhoe loader, is just as likable. The books' formats are similar. Stink weaves an alphabet game into the text; here, there is a counting exercise as the backhoe loader lists the piles of clutter it moves, from "10 torn-up truck tires" to "7 loused-up lawn chairs," while clearing a vacant lot. As in the previous title, the high-octane, boasting voice and energetic, bold-lined illustrations transform the machine into a loud-mouthed, fully anthropomorphized character that will instantly captivate kids. The short, choppy phrases, filled with sound, are just right for jolly, raucous read-alouds: "Ugh! Arrrrrrrgh! Mmmmmmmmmph! Tim-berrrrrrrr!" Pint-size gear-heads will love the spreads showing the backhoe loader using all of his features, from front claw to back wheels, and most kids will find plenty of vicarious fun in the grinning, powerful monster machine that creates and conquers chaos and loves a good mud bath. Gillian Engberg
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; N/A edition (August 15, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060092939
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060092931
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #116,296 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kate McMullan is the author of many books for young readers, including I Stink!, winner of a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor; I'm Mighty; and Meg's Prairie Diary, a historical fiction trilogy set in St. Louis and Kansas in 1856. She has been fascinated by the Lewis and Clark Expedition since the age of ten, when an uncle told her about an ancestor who had gone on the expedition. That ancestor was sixteen-year-old George Shannon. Ms. McMullan lives in New York City and Sag Harbor, New York, with her husband and collaborator, noted illustrator Jim McMullan, their daughter, two cats, and a dog.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Terri Rowan on August 15, 2006
Format: Hardcover
A back-end loader has a big job to do. It starts the day sparkling clean--until it has to remove the garbage from an otherwise empty lot. The lot is very dirty, and the dirt gets all over the back-end loader as it hauls the trash away. Once the lot is cleaned up and smoothed out, one look at the back-end loader will send kids into fits of giggles.

Simple phrasing and catchy illustrations provide a silly time for young children. Although not high on educational content, the book has a countdown from ten to one (i.e.: one broken washer). Children who love dirt and grime will enjoy this picture book for its silliness. Other children may be ambivalent. My four-year-old daughter was mildly entertained but not very interested, while a friend's boy of the same age absolutely loved it--proving the book's appeal is on a very individual basis.

Overall, it's a nice picture book and good for a silly story.

Christina Wantz Fixemer

8/15/2006
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. Mastromauro on August 25, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I gave "I'm Dirty" 3 stars only because it fell short compared to its brother "I Stink".However, this is still a very cute book , especially if your little one liked "I stink", they will equally like this new edition.

This book follows the playful job of a backhoe loader. The writing style is very similar to "I Stink" , but it does not have as much attention to detail or storyline mixed in with all the funny catch phrases. While I stink takes you through the alphabet Im dirty takes you through numbers 1-10 while cleaning up the dirty lot.

Although I was excited and would have expected a little bit more after reading I stink, I would still recommend Im dirty .If your chiled LOVED I Stink then they will LOVE this one as well.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Robert C. Lyons on February 5, 2009
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I bought this book for a children's lit. class and I have to say I am so glad I got it. My son is 2, which is another reason I picked this one out of a list, and he loves it too. He loves tractors or anything of the sort and this is just right up his ally. And the illustrations are great, the book is worded so that you sound out noises, and there is some counting in it too. Highly recommended!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amy Aldrich on September 16, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This is a very basic picture book. I'm not familiar with the Authors previous work...but I thought this one was fairly well done. It's basic and probably best used as a read aloud book for younger kids (ages 1-4, I think would enjoy this best). It's short and full of colorful, descriptive language... the enthusiasm of the backhoe is catching and he sure does love his work...his VERY MESSY work! Readers and listeners alike are treated to a romp in the muck as this little guy cleans up a dirty lot. We even get some counting in, as he counts down from 10 to 1 cleaning up everything in the lot! The individual items are delineated enough in the art work for young readers to count out how many themselves as you go along...plus there are some silly items in there that will make young readers giggle too! My listeners also enjoyed making all the revving and roaring noises of the backhoe along with the story! This is a fun mix of education and just plan old vibrant fun! The art work matches the enthusiasm of the story with vibrant color pictures that have a slightly cartoonish feel to them! If you don't mind getting silly with the voices and sound effects, this book can be great fun for younger readers, I'd recommend it without hesitation. I'm Dirty gets a solid A from me!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Savage on February 9, 2008
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This book was bought after my then 3 year old son fell in love with I Stink. He likes it and wants it read frequently, but will still choose the first one over this one. I would get I Stink first and follow up with this one. (My kindergarten students feel the same way!)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. Riggs on March 21, 2007
Format: Hardcover
My son loves this book. After borrowing the book from the library several times, we decided to purchase it. He is very happy to have his own copy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By bald4 on July 8, 2008
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We got this for my son after we got "I Stink" He loves it! It is a fun book that teachs counting from one to ten. In in a dirty boy like manner.
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Format: Hardcover
The McMullan team serve up another trashy triumph, somehow making griminess funny, even to adults. Just like the garbage truck in I Stink, this Backhoe Loader reports for duty, describing his impressive qualities, then proceeds to clean up the garbage lot. Instead of going through the alphabet, he counts downward from ten while cleaning up "10 torn-up truck tires, 9 fractured fans, and similar items down to "1 wonky washing machine." He then demonstrates how to remove a stump and fill in the hole with mud, which he accomplishes while declaring with relish, "This lot's cleaned up. And me? I'm DIRTY."

This punchy, exuberant story expresses a deep delight in the pleasures of hard work, as well as fulfilling the fantasy of every frustrated, mud-loving preschooler in the world. It's available in limited quantities in audio format (try your public library), and in a new DVD version along with I Stink.I'm Dirty & I Stink
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