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.
My 4-year old son enjoys it. It hasn't become his "go to favourite book" but he still laughs and enjoys it when I pull it out to read. Read morePublished 23 days ago by nyssalalala
Great animation in this book, both the prose and the pictures. However, it requires a serious update as much of the contents of the garbage truck are now recyclable. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Julie M Simmons
Fun read for four year old - authors writing style really captures and creates an attentive audiencePublished 5 months ago by Celene
And mine, too. You can't beat the art and typography or the story and text. That the authors have done research and write with verisimilitude only adds to the relief and joy that... Read morePublished on July 1 2004 by crmcm2u
We love this book! It's a bit tiring to read aloud with all the exclamation points, but the "alphabet soup" recipe guarantees lots of giggles. Read morePublished on April 27 2004
We read this to our 2 year old son and a couple days later he repeated it back to us! In the stroller, in the car, when the garbage truck would come on Monday mornings..... Read morePublished on Nov. 29 2003 by hcabats
We checked this out from our local library. My six-year-old son loved it so much, he wants to get it for his cousin. Read morePublished on Aug. 22 2003 by D. Ray
Something "stinks" are words familiar to children, and to associate them with a garbage truck who teaches the alphabet via "things in his truck" is a great new approach to hold... Read morePublished on May 29 2003 by Evelyn Horan