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Kristi JemtegaardThis fable, based on an actual incident in 1987, has its plasticized tongue planted firmly in its polymer cheek…Cautionary? Yes. Hilarious? You betcha!
—The Washington Post
This New York Times Best Illustrated Book is a mostly true and completely stinky story that is sure to make you say, “Pee-yew!” Teaching environmental awareness has become a national priority, and this hilarious book (subtly) drives home ...
This New York Times Best Illustrated Book is a mostly true and completely stinky story that is sure to make you say, “Pee-yew!” Teaching environmental awareness has become a national priority, and this hilarious book (subtly) drives home the message that we can’t produce unlimited trash without consequences.
Before everyone recycled . . .
There was a town that had 3,168 tons of garbage and nowhere to put it.
What did they do?
Enter the Garbage Barge!
Amazing art built out of junk, toys, and found objects by Red Nose Studio makes this the perfect book for Earth Day or any day, and photos on the back side of the jacket show how the art was created.
Here Comes the Garbage Barge was a New York Times Best Illustrated book of 2010, a Huffington Post Best Picture Book of the Year, and a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year. The Washington Post said, “Cautionary? Yes. Hilarious? You betcha!” and the New York Times Book Review raved, “[A] glorious visual treat.”
Starred Review, Publishers Weekly, January 11, 2010: "Funky in every sense of the word."
Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews, January 15, 2010: "A stinky story never seemed so sweet ... [a] fantastic combination of text and image."
Starred Review, The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, April 2010: "[P]acked with visual delights."
Review, The New York Times Book Review, November 7, 2010: "[A] glorious visual treat."
Review, The Washington Post, March 21, 2010: "Cautionary? Yes. Hilarious? You betcha!"
Review, Los Angeles Times, March 25, 2010: "Here comes the Garbage Barge! tells the story in wonderfully colorful language and inventive claymation-style illustrations."
Review, Chicago Sun-Times, April 18, 2010: "As compelling as the story is, so are the unusual illustrations."
Posted April 20, 2010
This absolutely charming children's book takes a look at the perils of our throw-away society in a fantastic, humorous way. My grandson, who is fascinated by the subject, has spent almost every night having the book read to him and now can quote whole passages. He is so taken with this true story and particularly likes the names of the characters and the places that the garbage barge visits. Besides the moral of the story, the book also is a good geography lesson. While most people might think that the subject of garbage is not one that would appeal to children, I would recommend this book highly for both it's humorous story and valuable life lesson. It's never too early to teach children how precious our planet is.
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Posted May 24, 2010
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