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I Stink!

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

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  4,674 ratings  ·  422 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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Jun 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
A great story that teaches children all about the wonderful world of... garbage collection. The story discusses garbage pick-up, consumption, and eventual landfill delivery. Neo wondered if garbage trucks really stink that much, so perhaps we ought to take a trip to the dump one summer day and test the theory. At least now he has a better idea of what happens AFTER tossing something into the rubbish bin.
Mar 17, 2013 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
Feb 28, 2011 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 ...more
Jenn M
Oct 21, 2014 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 ...more
Nov 24, 2011 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).
Jan 30, 2016 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
Dec 29, 2012 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.
Kelsey Ruggirello
Feb 05, 2015 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.
Aug 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Love this book! Full of slimy gross things to perk my sons attention and the alphabet!
Apr 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Super fun, toddler enjoys a lot, especially the burp page
Stacey Borror
Oct 14, 2012 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
Rachel Lizan
Jan 27, 2014 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
Sep 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Stacy Bowden
Sep 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: libs642
I Stink! is a wonderful concept book about a garbage truck that loves to gobble up everyones trash as they sleep. Wonderfully illustrated in what looks like pencils and crayons in a cartoon type style, and accompanied by creative font styles, sizes, colors, and arrangements, the reader can not help but feel as if the loud, bossy trash truck has come to life while reading. Overall, I enjoyed reading this book. I thought that the trash truck was a little pushy in comparison to the usual, softer ...more
Melanie Soble
Dec 08, 2011 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
Mar 06, 2014 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. ...more
Kami Adams
Sep 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-lit
This is the perfect book for little boys. I know my nephews love it. I can't really picture little girls enjoying it though. It has great sight words and minimal pairs. It is about a garbage truck who eats all of your stinky trash and loves every second of it! He rolls through the streets at night while you are sleeping and eats all of the apple cores, banana peels, dirty diapers ect... He comes at night and has to dump all the trash before you wake up!
Jon Nakapalau
Nov 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What a title! This is a very good book that explains to children how important city sanitation departments are...we can't live on Mount Trash-O-Rama!
Oct 11, 2018 rated it liked it
I am absolutely tickled that they somehow got the show, "Stinky and Dirty" out of this book/series of books. The show is cute and incorporates a lot of STEAM elements. The book is...not, haha. It's plenty entertaining for little people but man, quite a leap to the TV series!
Alice Gold
May 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-k-2nd
I never thought there was such a thing as a boy book and a girl book until I had a son after four daughters. Max is obsessed with this book. I loves the sounds, the word "stink," and the truck theme. What a perfect boy book!
Jo Oehrlein
Feb 23, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books, nyc
An alphabet book and a story of how a garbage truck goes about his business through the night in the city.
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.
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 10, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: childrens-books, 2012
This book is horrific to read aloud because it's more noises than text, plus a lot of weird terminology.
Cassandra Gelvin
May 17, 2018 rated it liked it
Not as good as the show.

I read the board book version. This book is from the point of view of an anthropomorphic garbage truck. It just talks about the properties of garbage trucks and then halfway through goes off on a tangent discussing trash items that start with different letters of the alphabet. The dump truck takes the trash to the river and dumps it in a barge, and that's basically it.

Does New York City not have dumps? It's just strange. The garbage truck takes things to the barge
Jessika Santulli
Oct 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
This humorous book follows the life of a garbage truck around New York City. The tale is narrated from the truck’s point of view as he devours people’s trash during a middle of the night garbage run. The truck lists all of the items he eats alphabetically, ending with “zipped-up ziti with zucchini.” Readers get to see the process of garbage disposal, following the truck to the river to empty the trash onto a barge. The truck finishes his day by fueling up for gas and going back to the garage to ...more
Mary Frazine
May 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: exam-2
I Stink! Is written by Kate McMullen and illustrated by Jim Mc Mullen for children ages 3-7. This book is an Irma S and James H Black Award for Excellence in Children’s Literature Honor Book award winner. This story is about an anthropomorphized garbage truck as a first-person narrator who is boisterous and uses a presumptuous tone and loads of sound effects to describe his disgusting job. “Know what I do at night while you’re asleep? Eat your trash, that’s what!” This book will be irresistible ...more
Adrianna Laskowski
Feb 25, 2018 rated it it was ok
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Morgan Jones
Apr 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This is a story about the life of a garbage truck. The story uses personification to make the garbage truck talk and express his excitement during his nightly route. The truck explains what he does it night and uses very expressive language. The setting is obviously a big city and the dump cite. It also talks about the people who drive the garbage trucks.

I gave this book 5 stars because not only is it educational it is also comical. The way it humanizes the garbage truck would be very
Morgan Courtney
Sep 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I stink is a wonderful ABC picture book. The dump truck, picks up the towns trash and at night must go dump it out. Before he goes and dumps his load, he tells the readers what kind of garbage is in the back of his truck. For each letter of the alphabet he names a specific type of trash, along with a drawing for each.
The illustrations throughout the book go along well with the story and really seem to bring the story to life. They are some-what realistic but very cartoonish of course giving
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Kate McMullan is an American children's book author.
She is the author of the Dragon Slayers' Academy series. She is married to author and illustrator James McMullan.

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