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The Smash! Smash! Truck Hardcover – February 9, 2010

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Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Grade 1–4—While appearing to be a simple book about recycling and recycling trucks, this volume tries to be much more—to confusing ends. Readers start the journey following glass bottles and jars into a recycling truck that takes them back in time 14 billion years to the big bang. Seven bubbles of text are used to explain atoms in lines such as, "All things are made of atoms," "We could see atoms if we made things a billion times bigger," and "The smallest dot on this page may contain 10 million atoms." From there, recycling is explained in terms of the nature of matter, with a warning about toxic dumps, and eventually makes its way back to the recycling truck that readers see on the cover. Short sentences (including some that swirl with the images) and text in varying fonts and in the form of bubbles pull readers' eyes from place to place across the spreads. The busy, colorful drawings incorporate a mix of neon colors, along with some cartoon art. For a better book on recycling, try Gail Gibbons's Recycle!: A Handbook for Kids (Little, Brown, 1992) or Meyer Seltzer's Here Comes the Recycling Truck (Albert Whitman, 1992; o.p.).—Stacy Dillon, LREI, New York City
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"The core idea of The Smash! Smash! Truck is a great one - fostering an interest in science and recyling is always a good thing" -- Keith Dudhnath Bookbag 20090610 --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: David Fickling Books (February 9, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385751435
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385751438
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.4 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,425,166 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Aidan Potts' THE SMASH! SMASH! TRUCK blends fiction and nonfiction as it tells of Professor Pots' wonderful discoveries of how recyclables can be reused. When the recycling truck drives down the street, driver Professor Potts covers a fun history of recycling that actually began when the universe began. A fine introduction to recycling concepts.
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Format: Hardcover
What a great book! The author talks about recycling in nature and why it is important for us to keep it up! And why in this case, breaking glass is a great sound! Really a fun look at recycling with great science information. My four-year-old can't get enough of it!
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Our four-and-a-half year old loves this book. Very clever wrapping of a science and ecology message inside a visceral story that's exciting for kids. It's a shame it was already remaindered when we discovered it, but the book is so well-done perhaps it will get an afterlife. Surely the low-information big bang-doubting reviewers believe in book heaven?
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