I Stink!
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I Stink!

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by Kate McMullan, Jim Mcmullan, Jim McMullan
     
 

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Know what I do at night while you're asleep?

Eat your trash, that's what!

With ten wide tires, one really big appetite, and an even bigger smell, this truck's got it all. His job? Eating your garbage and loving every stinky second of it!

And you thought nighttime was just for sleeping.

Overview

Know what I do at night while you're asleep?

Eat your trash, that's what!

With ten wide tires, one really big appetite, and an even bigger smell, this truck's got it all. His job? Eating your garbage and loving every stinky second of it!

And you thought nighttime was just for sleeping.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In a starred review, PW called this tale of a New York City garbage truck "a hilarious homage to an unsung hero." Ages 4-8. (Sept.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
What has ten wide tires, one really big appetite and an even bigger smell? The hero of this book—a New York City garbage truck. No namby-pamby pleasure craft here. This rough guy revels in obnoxious, loud bantering as he narrates an evening on the job. While most of us are sleeping, this sanitation scout is on the prowl wanting to satisfy his appetite for garbage bags left on the curb. With the grind and growl of the pistons and crusher blades, the full load is smooshed into a compact mass of junk. Does he care if he wakes you? "Too bad!" is the reply. As long as his hopper is full, he is a happy garbage truck and none too bold to announce it. Once full, the garbage is crushed; we then see a full-page spread of an enormous "BURRRP!" Here comes an educational diversion in this release—an alphabet of garbage—everything from apple cores and moldy meatballs to year-old yams and zipped-up ziti with zucchini. Following this is an environmental message about where we would be without the garbage truck, and what happens to the garbage once the truck is full. The illustrations portray the garbage truck as having an attitude as gigantic as his appetite. Not exactly a role model for readers, but hopefully no readers eat garbage! This board book version will be sure to please the youngest truck fans. 2002, Joanna Cotler Books/HarperCollins, Ages 4 to 8.
—Elizabeth Young
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-An enthusiastic garbage truck describes the hearty joys of its daily rounds. The personified vehicle, with windows as eyes and a grille mouth, is appropriately unapologetic for the noises and smells that come with the territory. After filling up with trash ("Whoa, those bags are way compacted"), it gives a loud burp, followed by an "alphabet soup" list of items it digests, including "Dirty diapers," "Puppy poo," and "Ugly underpants." Varied perspectives; the creative use of light; and a palette of grays, blues, greens, and yellow visually capture the rewards of garbage collecting in an appealingly gross package. The text appears in letters of assorted size, color, and boldness that aptly fit the lively directness of the narrative. The truck's brash good humor shows in its toothy grin and expressive eyes, but the human qualities do not detract from its obvious truckish essence. When it proudly admits that it stinks ("Whooooo-whee! Do I ever!"), the truck asks readers where they would be without it. The answer appears on the following spread with a garbage-covered city. The simple, but distinctive voice of the narrating vehicle makes this a fun and funny read-aloud, especially for young truck enthusiasts.-Steven Engelfried, Beaverton City Library, OR Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
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)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780064438360
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
08/22/2006
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
40
Sales rank:
73,779
Product dimensions:
11.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.09(d)
Lexile:
BR (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Kate McMullan is the author of the easy-to-read books featuring Fluffy, the Classroom Guinea Pig, the middle grade series Dragon Slayers' Academy, and Myth-o-Mania, the Greek myths as told by Hades. She is also the author of the Geisel Honor Book Pearl and Wagner: One Funny Day.

Jim McMullan is an internationally acclaimed illustrator and poster designer whose work can be seen in The Theater Posters of James McMullan. His most recent book is the illustrated memoir Leaving China: An Artist Paints His World War II Childhood.

Kate and Jim McMullan have collaborated on many popular picture books, including I'm Brave!; I'm Fast!; I'm Big!; I'm Bad!; I'm Dirty!; and I Stink!, a New York Times Best Illustrated Book and a Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Honor Book. The McMullans live in Sag Harbor, New York.

Kate McMullan is the author of the easy-to-read books featuring Fluffy, the Classroom Guinea Pig, the middle grade series Dragon Slayers' Academy, and Myth-o-Mania, the Greek myths as told by Hades. She is also the author of the Geisel Honor Book Pearl and Wagner: One Funny Day.

Jim McMullan is an internationally acclaimed illustrator and poster designer whose work can be seen in The Theater Posters of James McMullan. His most recent book is the illustrated memoir Leaving China: An Artist Paints His World War II Childhood.

Kate and Jim McMullan have collaborated on many popular picture books, including I'm Brave!; I'm Fast!; I'm Big!; I'm Bad!; I'm Dirty!; and I Stink!, a New York Times Best Illustrated Book and a Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Honor Book. The McMullans live in Sag Harbor, New York.

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I Stink! 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
MommyRoo More than 1 year ago
This has been one of my three year old's favorite books since he received it as a gift when he was 1. It is hilarious, great for boys because of the intense BOOM, CRASH loud descriptive words about the trash truck. It also works on their alphabet so there is SOME educational value. Overall it is just a fun story to read over and over. The board book version is now a staple to any of my friends having boys! The other books are also great. I have them recommended below.
AJMommy1 More than 1 year ago
It's OK but "I'm Dirty" is much better. I don't care for the big burp without any excuse me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
No if josies going to be there. Shell only end up hurting him.
Stephanie Ortiz More than 1 year ago
My 2 yr old son loves the book. It's a creative & funny way to practice the alphabet.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think the writing is really poor.
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My son read this book in preschool and specifically asked for it. He absolutely loves it. When it came in the mail he was so excited and said thank you mommy thank you while hugging the book.
EclecticGram More than 1 year ago
illustrations and content well integrated. Kids who are into gross out humor will love it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love the book. The board book was much smaller than expected.
monimoni073 More than 1 year ago
Purchased this book for my 2-year old based on B & N reviews. Every night my son wants this book read to him! It's adorable and keeps his attention going the whole way through. Highly recommend this book :)
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My daughter at two and a half practically has this book memorized. It has helped her in a fun way with her alphabet and she loves the sounds that are made throughout the book. I highly recommend this book.
GOMmommy More than 1 year ago
My 3 yr old son LOVES this book...he is facinated by garbage trucks, and the grosser the better! We read it so often that he "reads" the story on each page, as the book is written so that when you read it aloud you can really put some sound and emotion to the words. He especially loves the garbage alphabet soup (gross but really cool), and when the truck has to burp. He has even brought it to "school" to read to the class...a huge hit! I would buy/recommend this over and over again!!!
NanaDMK More than 1 year ago
My grandson loved it. It kept his interest.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book for little boys who are fascinated with the garbage man. It is all about boys with the gross smells and lots noises.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My 2 year old son and 5 year old daughter love this book. The artwork is very energetic and colorful. My kids like the mild bathroom humor, but if you don't find this appropriate for the preschool set, you may want to take a look before purchasing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My Grandson brought this book home from school and we had the best time with it. We had to read it every and they would laugh and repeat the parts they likes best. Dirty underwear and stinky diapers were the favorites.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My 3 year old daughter LOVES this book! I read it to her all the time and she even knows the words by heart!
Guest More than 1 year ago
My husband and I have to read this to my son at least 5 times a day! He loves the pictures of the trucks and identifying everything on the page. My husband bought it for him when he was 15 months old and it is by far been his favorite book since then.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is terrible. After reading the reviews I decided to buy it for my two year old. The words don't have any rhyming pattern and the pictures are boring. There's no story to speak of. My son closes the book and says 'the end' with several pages left to read. A disappointment to say the least.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My son is 3 and when I got this book he was 2. It is his favorite book, He has most of it memorized! Great book for little boys! Hope to see more books like it!! Leslie, Ohio
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have 4 year old triplets (one boy and two girls), who love this story. I intially got it from the library for my son who loves trucks, but my girls like it just as much. We have read it so many times they have most of it memorized. Highly recommend!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
My four year old loves stories about trucks, busses, trains, etc. I ordered this book because I thought it looked kind of cute.I am really glad I did because my son Loves it! It is entertaining, fun to read, and holds the child's interest. My son has even memorized some parts of it. I definately recommend it for preschoolers.