Smash! Mash! Crash! There Goes the Trash!



Smashing, mashing,
lights a-flashing,
gobblin' garbage,


From castaway furniture to last night's leftovers, no job is too big or too small for this rugged team. With an upbeat, rhythmic text, Smash! Mash! Crash! There Goes ...

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Smashing, mashing,
lights a-flashing,
gobblin' garbage,


From castaway furniture to last night's leftovers, no job is too big or too small for this rugged team. With an upbeat, rhythmic text, Smash! Mash! Crash! There Goes the Trash! follows two garbage trucks on their route. What results is a stinky, roaring, rumbling mess -- and LOADS OF FUN!

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Phyllis Kennemer
The sounds and smells of garbage trucks are celebrated in this active, rhythmic story. Two workers dressed in overalls, caps, and boots climb into their anthropomorphic trucks shown from their backsides. Their "faces" feature red eyes (brake lights), mouths with teeth (flap openings with scalloped edges), and one has a red appendage (apparently to represent a tongue). Two youngsters and three dogs awaken as the trucks approach. They bounce with excitement as the hungry vehicles gleefully gobble trash bags, rotten eggs, apple cores, stinky diapers, coffee grounds, cheese souffle, turkey bones, melon rinds, and moldy bread. The strong, muscular workers soon have greasy gloves, sticky boots, and stains a-plenty on their suits. The rhyming text shouts to be read aloud. Full-color double page illustrations depict the personified pig characters as both the diligent workers and the exuberant children. The awakened dogs leave the bedroom to romp about with the trucks and return after the trucks leave the neighborhood. Sure to be a popular choice for storytime reading.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-Rhythmic, rhyming language abounds as two piglets welcome the early-morning arrival of a pair of "Rumbling, roaring" garbage trucks. All of the offal details are here as the green behemoths gobble up everything from apple cores and dirty diapers to broken furniture. Smiling porcine workers, with "Greasy gloves-sticky boots-/stains a-plenty on their suits," feed the beasts while "Flies a-buzzin'/by the dozen" enjoy a feast at the "rolling bug buffet." After completing all of the "Crushing,/cramming,/screeching,/slamming," the vehicles thunder away, leaving the youngsters to re-create the action with their toy replicas. Done in ink and egg tempera on canvas, the vivacious two-page paintings convey the text's enthusiasm and energy. The trucks, shown from the rear and personified with mouthlike hoppers and red brakelight eyes, gleefully munch their way through an array of vividly colored refuse. The pigs are appealing, and readers can follow the antics of their dogs as they rush outside to be part of the fun. Pair this onomatopoeic offering with other tongue-tingling read-alouds, such as Kate McMullan's I Stink! (2002) and Andrea Zimmerman and David Clemesha's Trashy Town (1999, both HarperCollins), for a crash-bang storytime on a perennially popular topic.-Joy Fleishhacker, School Library Journal Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Fans of Kate and Jim McMullan's I Stink! (2002) will welcome this look-alike, sound-alike return visit, as a pair of bright green trucks with backward-looking red eyes and huge mouths (even, in one startling scene, an oversized tongue) consume with relish a smorgasbord of broken furniture and garbage: "Rotten eggs? / Apple cores? / Pack 'em in-the engine ROARS. / Stinky diapers? / Coffee grounds? / Load it UP and smash it DOWN." It's all served up by a crew of cheerful pigs in overalls as an audience of dogs (plus a pair of exuberant piglets in an upstairs room, awakened by the din) looks on. Coloring the urban backdrops purple for this predawn banquet, Hillenbrand effectively captures the ickiness of all the soiled or overripe "entr‚es," but leaves the sidewalks and battered cans neat and litter free as the trucks careen off to their next stop. Young audiences will be happy to crash and bash right along with these familiar mechanical Wild Things. (Picture book. 6-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689851605
  • Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
  • Publication date: 10/10/2006
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 260,685
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 11.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Barbara Odanaka is an author, freelance writer, book reviewer, and founder of the International Society of Skateboarding Moms. Prior to writing books for children, she was a staff writer for the Los Angeles Times. Ms. Odanaka lives with her husband and son in Laguna Beach, California. You can visit her online at

Will Hillenbrand is the acclaimed illustrator of many popular books, including Counting Crocodiles by Judy Sierra and Kiss the Cow by Phyllis Root. He lives with his family in Terrace Park, Ohio.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2008

    No complaints from Mom to 'Read it again!'

    We first borrowed this book from the library and were soon checking it out on a regular basis. The animated garbage trucks, catchy rhythmic wording and sweet 'Let's play!' request at the end make this book a favorite of my sons and mine.

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