Book Review: I Stink

Rating: ★★★★☆

Author/Illustrator team Kate and Jim McMullan have concocted an energetic tribute to trash trucks, those objects of veneration to toddlers everywhere.  The trash truck delivers an upbeat monologue about himself and then, with dramatic sound effects, backs up to a pile of bags to chomp his way through an “alphabet soup” made of Apple cores, Banana peels, Candy wrappers, Dirty diapers — you get the idea.  Although he makes no bones about the grossness of his role, you can’t deny his necessity: “Without me, you’re on Mount Trash-o-rama, baby!”

Illustrated in a lively, cartoon-style drawings with lots of movement, this book delivers plenty of attitude and macho style, and the dramatic text requires performance rather than a sedate read-aloud pace.  For those adults who don’t wish to perform the story as often as the audience will desire (and oh, they will), there is also an appealing CD and DVD.

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Publication Information: McMullan, Kate and Jim. I Stink. HarperCollins. 2002. ISBN: 0064438368.
Categories: 4 Stars, Age 00-04, Read-Aloud Handbook
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Posted on October 6, 2011

1 Response to Book Review: I Stink

  • KDC says:

    Yeah, this one is fun. It has been a fave for our boy too.

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