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Trashy Town Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-11-27 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 100 user ratings
ISBN:0060271396
LANGUAGE:English

"While I'm sure Trashy Town is a likely hit with young truck fanatics and those captivated by catchy repetition and bold, simple illustrations, I found the picture book to be somewhat uninspired. I really like the premise--a garbage man cleans up the town, stop by stop--and the refrain was fairly effective. I just feel like the authors could've gotten more silliness and fun squeezed into story. I think the fact that the illustrations are similarly solid-but-unspectacular hurts the book's appeal, too.

Trashy Town isn't a bad picture book--it's just sort of forgettable.
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"Mr. Gilly loves his job of cleaning up Trashy Town.

There were a few things that just didn't sit right with me about this book. I'm more than fine with the idea of a book about a garbage collector, goodness knows the trash truck's visit is a much anticipated occasion at our house, but I think it's weird how the town is actually called Trashy Town and, while the illustration style overall is fine, Mr. Gilly for some reason gives me the heebie-jeebies. Maybe it's the giant dead eyes, with the Coraline effect or something... Anyway, not a big fan here, and the little ones were lukewarm about it too.
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"The first thing that I noticed about the book was the end papers were covered with garbage cans, food cans, papers, and dead fish, which gave me a little "taste" of the book. The pages are full bleed and very colorful. The illustrations give the vibe of the hectic and messy scene that the storyline is trying to portray. I am not sure what it would be called however, I thought it was interesting that there was a line that was repeated several times in the book. I thought this was a good way to get children to participate and be more interested in the story. The typeface is not normal font, rather it is somewhat animated to go along with the fun nature of the story." said.

"Kids love rapping the refrain--"Dump it in, smash it down, drive around the trashy town." At school we put on our heavy gloves, climb up into our truck, sit down, fish the key out of our pocket, put it in the ignition and turn our truck on, of course with the sound of the engine reving to life. I give one student the task of yelling out "stop" every time she sees the word, and off we go. We discuss other places in the town that the garbage truck could stop at before our truck is full. At the end I ask if anyone noticed garbage items were picked up by the truck. Pair with "I Stink" by Kate McMullan." said.

" Picture book. I was hoping this book would encourage students to pick up after themselves and like be good citizens. It didn't. That's okay. I'll keep looking. Maybe it would be beneficial to do a init on like public service jobs. We could read about firemen, police officers, trash collectors, mail deliveries, park rangers etc. We could have members of the community come in and talk about their jobs. " said.

" A fun book to read aloud, lots of rhyme, and opportunity for adults to make fun of the word choices. " said.

" Perfectly fine story time selection. Kids are fascinated by garbage trucks. " said.

" A really fun book for my truck loving toddlers! We used storytime scarves for dumping, smashing trash and for Mr. Gilley's bath. " said.

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