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I Stink! (I'm ...! - Machines at Work)

3.95  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,546 Ratings  ·  358 Reviews
Know what I do at night while you're asleep? Eat your trash, that's what! See those bags? I smell breakfast!

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.
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published April 16th 2002 by HarperCollins
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Mar 17, 2013 Tricia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When you are compelled to read a book over and over and over and over and over again you become acutely aware of (usually just) the defects of a book, and those defects can torture you and/or lead you to do destructive and dishonest things. I have disappeared many a book in my house, and I am not proud of it.

When a book comes along that is written simply and beautifully, with careful rhythm and exciting timing, when it has the flexibility to be read many different ways, promotes no glaring sexi
Sep 21, 2011 D'Anne rated it liked it
Shelves: children
I don't actually like this book, but my one and a half year old son does. A lot. "Trash" is one of his favorite words now. I think the text is really annoying and tries too hard ("I'm totally dual op," the truck says at one point). Also, there's a lot thrown away that could be composted or recycled (I'm a nerd like that). But, like I said, my son loves this book. We got it out of the library and I think he's going to need a grief counselor when we have to return it, especially since tonight he s ...more
Jan 30, 2016 Janni added it
So books about garbage trucks can apparently be rather region-centric. Because the garbage truck narrator not only has workers on board who toss in loose plastic bags of trash that are lying in piles on the ground instead of in trash bins, but also does all its pickups at night when people are asleep. How many places does trash get picked up only after dark? Add the garbage barge and it's a fascinating look at how trash pickup happens in New York City, but one that also seems oddly unaware that ...more
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Apr 15, 2016 YA Reads Book Reviews rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nichole
Originally posted on, reviewed by Nichole.

I also had this book in my pre-k class, and I’ve read it about fifty hundred million times. My 4-6 year olds were able to interact more with this book. While my daycare kids did enjoy it, I think some parts of it went a little bit over their heads. They definitely had some questions about why certain things happened, etc. They did enjoy it….just not as much as my pre-k students. However, they were able to tell me that the book was about a
Jenn M
Oct 21, 2014 Jenn M rated it it was amazing
Rating this based on my son's love of this book! It was his favorite for about 1 year when he was 2. We read it several times a day, and I think it was one of the first books from which he began to pick out letters and short words. We lived in the country at the time, but had weekly trash service. When we heard the trash truck rumbling down our road, he would run outside or to his bedroom window (that faced the road) and wave at the driver. If my son was not in view, the driver would pause in hi ...more
Kelsey Ruggirello
Feb 05, 2015 Kelsey Ruggirello rated it really liked it
This is a fun book about a garbage truck, it explains how it might smell but we would be living in garbage if he didn't pick it up.
Chris Shue
Feb 01, 2016 Chris Shue rated it liked it
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Mar 06, 2014 Jessica rated it really liked it
I thought that the storytime kids would respond to I Stink! and I'm Dirty! better than they did. After all, it has great, colorful, big illustrations AND a ton of sound effects, including a BUUUUURRRRRRRPPPPPP. I mean, can't lose with that, right? Well, they liked it, but they liked a lot of the other books that I read better. Personally, I love the art, which is exaggerated, and the text, which is twisty but not too hard to read, and COMPACTED gets squished so kids can make the connection. Plus ...more
Apr 27, 2015 H rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children
Super fun, toddler enjoys a lot, especially the burp page
A garage truck takes you through his journey in New York City and how he eats trash for every meal. He enjoys eating trash and even provides an Alphabet Soup Recipe of trash that he likes to eat. He travels around New York City all night looking for all the trash.

This is a good book for young readers because it teaches them to not litter. If children place there trash in the trash can the garbage truck can pick up there trash. This book have an alphabet in the middle of the book which I think is
Rachel Lizan
Feb 04, 2014 Rachel Lizan rated it really liked it
Shelves: libs-642
Description: Yes, the garbage truck is dirty, noisy and smelly but that's what happens when it eats your trash.

Genre: Concept Book

Intended Audience: Preschool - 3rd Grade

Curriculum Connection: A concept book is an informational picture book. I can see this book being used in a cross-curricular lesson that employs figurative language for writing and employ the concept of perhaps a history lesson on new inventions. Students would create one page for an invention in which their selected invention d
Oct 05, 2015 Anastasija rated it it was amazing
When my 3 year old girl picked up this book at our library I rolled my eyes. She was determined to take it home and demanded I read it to her straight away. Seeing no escape from this situation, I decided to give this book a try and retell story my way. She would look at the pictures and I was describing things in my own words. Actually, I started to like this book as much as she did. It is a great tool to teach about sustainability, where all the rubbish goes, what happens to it and why it stin ...more
Apr 10, 2016 Sara rated it liked it
Shelves: abc-books
My daughter received this book in the mail and I instantly intrigued. I like books that have off-the-wall subjects and a story from the POV of a garbage truck was right up my alley. I was pleasantly surprised to find out that it is actually an ABC book when I started reading it.

(A- Apple cores, B- Banana peels, C-Candy wrappers. More creatively are U- Ugly underpants, Z- Zipped up ziti with zucchini).

The story narration is told in a staccato fashion: "Stop!" "Back up!" and the pictures are bol
Nov 24, 2011 Rob rated it really liked it
Reads like it should rhyme, but it doesn't.

Other than that? A pitch-perfect children's book. Fun illustrations, and a fun story that has a little alphabet learning and a little bit about municipal waste management (and how stinky, disgusting things are sometimes also necessary).
I'm sorry but I really don't understand why people like this book. To me, it was the PB equivalent of nails on a blackboard. I guess the rude trash truck with its joke about stench and burping is appealing to little boys, but none of it appealed to me.
Dec 29, 2012 Meredith rated it really liked it
my nephew just turned three and got this book for Christmas. We read it together and both of us were giggly throughout the whole book. It is a clever, hilarious read that any gross lovin' kiddo will treasure.
Ashley Meyer
Feb 15, 2016 Ashley Meyer rated it it was ok
I Stink! by Kate McMullan
I am not a fan of this book. It could be portrayed to teach children bad manners. It was kind of a neat book that could be tied into a recycling unit or an earth day activity but it definitely shouldn't be in the ABC's category. It did the ABC's one time. When I think of an alphabet book, I picture many pictures and examples about each letter instead of just listing them with items that start with the beginning letter. It would not be a good book to teach children the al
Colin E.c.
we like that it's really cool and I really love it. I like garbage guys and how garbage trucks are put together.
Sep 26, 2014 Rand added it
Shelves: kid-lit
For all its faults—encouraging the pejorative use of language in young'uns, making light of the very real problem of overflowing landfills, lack of scratch'n'sniff technology, hetero-normativity— it is still a fun book that can be beneficial for the developing mind, given the right sort of adult supervision (No, YOU stink and where do you think that the garbage goes after that?> and What kind of stink? and is that truck a boy or a girl? is there really a difference when it comes to garbage tr ...more
Samantha Duncan
Sep 22, 2012 Samantha Duncan rated it it was ok
1. The genre for this book would be a picture book based on concept.
2. The garbage truck rides through NYC picking up all the trash. Before he goes to drop off the trash he goes through the alphabet to make alphabet soup. He read off something from each letter of the alphabet that he might have in his truck from the night. Then he drops off the trash to the barge and goes home for the night.
3. (A) The area for comment in this picture book is accuracy.
(B) The book is based on the daily life of
Oct 15, 2012 Candice rated it it was ok
1. Genre: Concept Picture Book
2. This book shows the life of a garbage truck, but only gives the reader clues to what it is. In the middle of the book are pictures that go along with the alphabet, which provides hints and reasons why the vehicle stinks.
3. a) Illustrations
b)The first and last pages of the book asks the question, "Who am I?" then the last page answers, 'the garbage truck.' This allows the reader to use the clues of the pictures and words to figure out who the story is about, bec
Holly Hardwick
I Stink! by Kate and Jim McMullan was an interesting take on the typical ABC concept book. It follows a garbage truck through its morning pick-ups and gives students an idea about everything a garbage truck does. The book uses items that would be found in the trash like a "dirty diaper" or "quail bones" to teach the alphabet. While I didn't particularly like it, I can see how students would be engaged by the "ick!" factor and be more interested in it than a typical ABC book.
One thing I did like
Stacey Borror
Oct 14, 2012 Stacey Borror rated it it was amazing
Textbook – The Joy of Children’s Literature – P. 73
Genre – Concept Book

An entertaining book filled with bright vivid illustrations that take you through the life of being a garbage truck.

A) The author uses humor and candor to tell the day of life of a trash truck. This smelly job is described as not a glamorous job but something done that is usually done while you sleep.

B) Examples of things from A –Z are provided that are found with illustrations of things that are tossed away. The na
Melanie Soble
Dec 08, 2011 Melanie Soble rated it it was amazing
1. This book would fall under the category of a picture book, other.
2. What does a garbage truck do? This book goes through a day in the life of a garbage truck.
3. critique
a. The strongest part of this book is its whimsical writing style.
b. This book gives the reader ample opportunities to use inflection and read with expression. The written words invite readers to read in a fun and inviting style which encourages readers to read in exciting voices!
c. The book begins with a riddle. The ne
Nov 05, 2012 Brittany rated it it was ok
Genre: concept picture book

Summary: through vibrant illustrations and scattered assortment of words, I Stink! Takes the reader through the daily life of a garbage book.

A. Text arrangement
B. although bright and vivid illustrations are present, I found that the greatest weakness of this book is the physical placement of the words on the page. With some being large, others being small, while the words are placed in every direction, sometimes being very difficult to follow.
C. Specifically, on the
Elena Hitch
Feb 07, 2012 Elena Hitch rated it it was ok
Shelves: abc-books
I Stink tells the story of a garbage truck describing his lifestyle. He describes how he does his job from picking up trash and compacting it to dropping it off at the river. I Stink was definitely not one of my favorite ABC books. I did like the fact that there is a story along with the alphabet; however, the sentences are very short and choppy. For example, one sentence reads, “I’ve got doubles: steering wheels, gas pedals, brakes.” I felt like the text could have been expanded on further so t ...more
Jordon Worley
Aug 30, 2012 Jordon Worley rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
"I Stink!" is a book about a garbage truck and the items you might find in the truck. For each letter of the alphabet, some sort of disgusting trash item is listed beside a photo of the item. I have mixed feelings about this book. I think in general, this book is made for first or second graders. However, there are some terms that are above those levels, such as "dual op," throttle" and "pistons." By no means am I saying that children should not be challenged, but I think other terms could be us ...more
Sep 11, 2012 Kelly rated it really liked it
Shelves: abc-book
I Stink written and illustrated by Kate and Jim McMullan, follows the events of a garbage truck through its route at night while the reader is sleeping. The description of the garbage truck, how many tires and steering wheels it has, the sounds it makes when it backs up, and all the parts involved in compacting the garbage it loves to eat. It is marvelous how the McMullans gave this garbage truck a personality tastes, it has favorite foods that are the ABC portion of the story. It was also refre ...more
Nicole Disilvestro
Oct 29, 2012 Nicole Disilvestro rated it it was amazing
1. I would classify this book as a concept book.
2. This book is about the life of a garage truck and the adventures it goes through. It has a lot of information about not only the truck but also a lot of vocabulary and also it teaches the alphabet.
3. (a) I think that this is a very accurate concept book. It uses pictures to help teach the concept of the alphabet and it also has great vocabulary that goes along with the story and the pictures.
(b) I think this is a very appropriate book. It has
Oct 14, 2012 Courtney rated it it was ok
Shelves: odu-libs
Genre: Concept
Summary: I Stink! Is a picture book that follows a garbage truck through his nightly routine. The reader follows the truck as he does his nightly job with descriptive words and onomatopoeia.

a. The arrangement of the words and pictures.
b. I believe this book is a considered concept because it is teaching children about the daily job of a garbage truck. It was hard for me to understand because the arrangement of the words are all over the place, so I think young children wou
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