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Grandma Drove the Garbage Truck
     

Grandma Drove the Garbage Truck

by Katie Clark, Amy Huntington (Illustrator)
 

Grandma has run the town's garbage business, and her three sons drive the trucks. But what happens when her sons are all too sick to work-and it's the 4th of July, the day of the Big Parade? Leave it to Grandma to get the town clean, with the help of her young grandson, Billy, as she embarks on a hilarious romp through town-and creates nearly as much mess as she

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Grandma has run the town's garbage business, and her three sons drive the trucks. But what happens when her sons are all too sick to work-and it's the 4th of July, the day of the Big Parade? Leave it to Grandma to get the town clean, with the help of her young grandson, Billy, as she embarks on a hilarious romp through town-and creates nearly as much mess as she cleans up.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-In this rollicking Fourth of July story, Grandma ends up driving the garbage truck because all three of her sons are down with the flu. The intrepid woman suits up and decides to pick up the trash according to schedule so that things are spic and span for the holiday celebration. Along with her young grandson Billy, she inadvertently picks up garlands of roses, a clothesline strung with apparel, and an American flag as she navigates the large truck through the narrow streets. When she steers the vehicle onto the parade route, she toots the horn and waves to the crowd, earning a ribbon for the "Most Creative Float." The bright and festive watercolors enhance this lighthearted tale that's perfect for reading aloud.-Alexa Sandmann, Kent State University, OH Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
When her three sons call in sick on the day of the big Fourth of July parade, Billy's spunky Grandma takes on their job of driving the family garbage truck. Aiming primarily for humor, but falling short, Grandma and Billy's adventure proves perilous from the moment Grandma leaves the driveway, as she immediately plows through a mail box, rose beds, a flag and even a clothesline without noticing. In a twist, these items pile up on the garbage truck, transforming it into an award-winning float in the town's parade. Obviously, Clark hopes readers will see the humor in Grandma's blissful oblivion; however, there is a noticeable disconnect between Clark's levity and Huntington's realistic illustrations, which clearly picture the faces of those with property damage as anything but laughing. Off-target and maybe even offensive to those with older loved ones. (Picture book. 4-6)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780892726981
Publisher:
Down East Books
Publication date:
01/28/2006
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
324,371
Product dimensions:
11.41(w) x 8.91(h) x 0.34(d)
Age Range:
4 - 18 Years

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