Book Review: I’m Dirty

Rating: ★★★★☆

The McMullan team serve up another trashy triumph, somehow making griminess funny, even to adults.  Just like the garbage truck in I Stink, this Backhoe Loader reports for duty, describing his impressive qualities, then proceeds to clean up the garbage lot.  Instead of going through the alphabet, he counts downward from ten while cleaning up “10 torn-up truck tires, 9 fractured fans, and similar items down to “1 wonky washing machine.”  He then demonstrates how to remove a stump and fill in the hole with mud, which he accomplishes while declaring with relish, “This lot’s cleaned up.  And me? I’m DIRTY.”

This punchy, exuberant story expresses a deep delight in the pleasures of hard work, as well as fulfilling the fantasy of every frustrated, mud-loving preschooler in the world.  It’s available in limited quantities in audio format (try your public library), and in a new DVD version along with I Stink.

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Publication Information: McMullan, Kate and Jim. I'm Dirty. HarperCollins. 2006. ISBN: 0060092939.
Categories: 4 Stars, Age 00-04
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Posted on October 11, 2011

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