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I Stink! Paperback – August 22, 2006
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Most kids already love garbage trucks on general principle, and one assumes that can only go double for a sass-mouthed, animated dumper like this one, out on its early-morning rounds: "See those bags? I SMELL BREAKFAST! Crew? Get me to the curb! Lights? Blink! Brakes? Squeal! Tail gate? SAY AH!" The many opportunities for loud, large-type sound effects should make for spirited readings, and a recipe for "alphabet soup" lets young readers practice their letters, working through the ABCs from apple cores to zipped-up ziti with zucchini.
The text to I Stink!, while fun, is nowhere near as clever as the art. But fortunately Jim McMullan's fun, fat drawings and type treatments more than make up the difference, loading Dumpsters full of personality into this grimacing, grinning, growling--even burping!--big rig. Kids will have a good time doing diesel-powered imitations, but even more importantly, they'll learn where they'd be without their neighborhood trash truck: on top of "Mount Trash-o-rama, baby." (Ages 4 to 8) --Paul Hughes --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Top Customer Reviews
Here's how the book begins. No namby-pamby openers for this morning vehicle. "Who am I? I've got lights. Ten WIDE tires. No A.C., not me. I've got doubles: Steering wheels, gas pedals, brakes. I am totally DUAL OP". You half expect this truck to disintegrate into a series of well-chosen cuss words, it's so certain of its own glory. Acting more like an Oscar the Grouch in garbage truck form, the dirty monstrosity exhibits its own forms of belching before launching into the ABC's of its morning diet. A word of warning: don't read this book too early in the morning. You may find yourself growing nauseous (even as your kids howl for more) reading about fish heads, ugly (stained) underpants, and year-old yams. The authors aren't squeamish about defecation either. Here we can clearly see dirty diapers, kitty litter, and puppy poo (not to put too fine a point on it). The truck then explains how indispensable he (I'm only assuming it's male, but it's a pretty clear guess) is summarizing the predicament we'd be in. Without the Sanitation Department, "You're on Mount Trash-o-rama, baby". Never thought you'd ever hear a garbage truck call you "baby"? You obviously could not have predicted this book.Read more ›
This book is a huge favorite with my son and one that we do not tire of reading. I highly recommend it.
The only good thing I can say about it is that it does make the point that without them, there would be trash all over the streets.
It also doesn't have a very good ending. Our kids here are not used to the "garbage ferry" so when they see that, it tells them that the ferry goes out into the middle of the ocean and dumps the trash. Not being familiar with such a thing myself, I can't explain it to them.
Truck Books--YES...this book NO!
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I'm a retired elementary school teacher. This was my last 2 or three classes' favorite story book. It's told in the first person by a garbage truck, and the middle is an ABC of... Read morePublished 19 days ago by Walter
my daycare Kids love Garbage Truck day! We read this book every Friday to celebrate Garbage day! LOLPublished 1 month ago by Tina
This book quickly became one of my 2 year old son's favorites. He loves us reading it to him and I enjoy reading it too. Which isn't always the case. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jacqueline Garretty
My three year old son loves this book with the passion of a billion burning suns. He wants it every night and has memorized the garbage alphabet soup. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jeff Wallace
I can't lie. This book is stupid. I have lots of garbage truck books for my son, but this book is written rudely and I can't stand reading it. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amyth4