I STINK! by Kate McMullan


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Age Range: 3 - 7
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He’s dirty; he’s huge; he eats disgusting garbage; and he’s gleefully stinky. (“Who am I? The garbage truck, that’s who.”) What preschool-aged boy could resist the terrific title or the ten-wheeled force behind this anthropomorphized garbage truck narrator from the McMullans (Papa’s Song, 2000, etc.), a husband-and-wife team who did their own garbage truck research with the New York City Department of Sanitation. The instantaneously appealing cover announces the title in huge red letters with the unnamed, grinning truck ready to roll for a hard night’s work “eating” bags of trash. But that’s not all he eats: he also chomps through an entire alphabet soup of trash items, including some guaranteed gigglers such as dirty diapers, moldy meatballs, and smelly sneakers. The first-person story unfolds in a loud, brash tone, with lots of sound effects and descriptions of the truck’s operational procedures, augmented by creative type treatments and a superb design that always shows the truck moving through the night from left to right. Watercolor-and-ink illustrations in a dark palette help create the moody nighttime setting, illuminated by the irresistible influence of this nocturnally noshing narrator’s personality. Preschoolers and kindergartners who are fascinated by trucks and trash will eat this up. (Picture book. 3-7)

Pub Date: April 1st, 2002
ISBN: 0-06-029848-0
Page count: 40pp
Publisher: HarperCollins
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1st, 2002


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