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Trashy Town

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  977 Ratings  ·  107 Reviews
I dump it in
I smash it down
I drive around the trashy town
Meet Mr. Gilly. He cleans up Trashy Town. He does it with a big smile and a big truck--which is sure to make him a hero with all the children in the neighborhood. David Clemesha and Andrea Zimmerman have created a rhythmic, repeatable refrain that will roll off the lips of every child. Dan Yaccarino's dynamic art p
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published February 27th 1999 by HarperCollins
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This would be five stars except I keep jarring on the language of 'trash', 'trash cans' 'trash truck', when we usually say rubbish or garbage, bins, and garbage truck. Not the book's fault. And also although I *like* the illustrations aesthetically, they are not in themselves particularly informative (in terms of the text). Having said that, yesterday my 2.5yo pointed out the truck and told me 'this is a garbage truck' and traced his finger all around the edge of the shape. So perhaps he's respo ...more
Mar 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Alistair (2) always loves running to see the garbage truck when it comes and he recently watched the Mr. Rogers on trash and recycling so I knew he'd be interested in this and he was. A "trash man" drives all over town collecting the trash in his trash truck.

I just want to add to my review because Alistair has wanted to read this book twice every night and repeats the rhyming refrain. The rhythm of the book is great for toddlers and they can get involved by saying along with you the repeating pa
Viviane Elbee
Oct 30, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
This is a good book for young fans of garbage trucks and it can be used for story times about trash and recycling, as well as community helper discussions.

There’s a repeated, rhyming phrase « Dump it in, smash it down, drive around the Trashy Town. »

You can also have interaction with kids with the question « is the trash truck full yet? »

Best for toddlers and preschoolers.
Ms. Shoshana
Dec 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A nearly perfect preschool storytime book. It's been a hit with ever group I've used it with.

It's nice to find a book for the common "community helper" unit that actually has a story, not just a boring info dump.
Aug 30, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: picturebooks
Cute enough. I think it would pair well with "I Stink" for a storytime.
Jul 12, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: childrensbooks
Garbage man, Mr. Gilly, travels around the town collecting garbage.
Nov 10, 2017 rated it liked it
Dislike this art style and it's a bit more repetitive than I'd prefer for storytime.
Sep 29, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Cute story about a trash collector cleaning up their town. Repetitive words work well for early readers. Great read aloud.
Laura McLoughlin
Perfectly fine story time selection. Kids are fascinated by garbage trucks.
That One Librarian
Sep 08, 2017 rated it it was ok
Susan Foster
Jun 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book was so much fun for Story Time! The repetitive text was cute, and the kids and grown-ups got involved in the storytelling!

Great for a Community-themed Story Time. Mine was "All Around the Town."
Ally Lybbert
Feb 21, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: eled-340
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.
Feb 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
a. Summary: There was a trash man named Mr. Gilly and we went through his daily work routine of cleaning up the Trashy Town’s trash. He got ready for work and his first stop was at the school and he waved to the students as he left. Mr. Gilly sure loved his job as a trashman. Then he went to the park, the pizza parlor, the doctor’s office, the fire station and all the streets in Trashy Town, emptying all the trash cans into his truck.
i. Review: The repeating phrases on almost every page leading
May 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
Trashy Town by Andrea Zimmerman, David Clemesha, illustrated by Dan Yaccarino, follows Mr. Gilly the trashman as he drives his truck around cleaning up the town.

Yaccarino's bold illustrations feature Mr Gilly and his garbage truck, picking up trash at a school, park, pizza parlor, doctor's office, fire station, & all around town. Children will enjoy finding the ever-present pair of mice. My favorite images are the cover, park, pizza parlor, fire station, trash can juggling, dump, and final i
Pat Watkins
Jul 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Trashy Town offers young children the chance to think about the importance of the job of Mr. Gilly, the trash man. The simplicity of the artwork and the repetition of the refrain "Is the trash truck full yet?" offers a great opportunity for call and response. The highlighted words that many children in kindergarten (even those readers who are just beginning to decode) will recognize, give readers of all levels the ability to confidently raise their hand or call out when they see the familiar wor ...more
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One of the things that early childhood educators say is important for young children is to be exposed to poems and other rhythmic literature. And it is, they tell us, helpful for kids to learn to recite. It is for these and other reasons that I really, really like this book. Not only is the artwork fun and `cleanly' charming, but the topic is interesting to children and the words are just repetitive enough to make it a great read...
Cassidy Reed
Jan 24, 2017 rated it did not like it
Mr. Gilly is the trashman in town. He puts on his gloves, climbs into his trash truck, and drives down the street to look for trash. Along the way, he stops at several places such as the school, the park, and the fire station where he picks up trash from the trash cans. Mr. Gilly continues to pick up trash until his trash truck is full. After he is done cleaning up the whole “trashy” town, Mr. Gilly takes the trash to the dump and smashes it down. In the end, Mr. Gilly heads home and gives himse ...more
Apr 02, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: children
My 20 month old son is obsessed with garbage trucks right now and he loves this book, though he is really only interested in the pages that show the truck. The focus of this book is the garbage man, Mr. Gilly, and most of the pages feature illustrations of him picking up trash cans. We don't really see him getting in and out of the truck or throwing trash into the truck, which are my son's favorite aspects of this vocation. Mr. Gilly picks up trash from several locations including a school, a pa ...more
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 ...more
Tara Sheehan
Jan 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
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 ge ...more
Drew Graham
Jan 17, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: kids
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 Coral
Samantha Friedman
I really enjoyed this book, a lot. It was a vertical book with a cover that made me want to pick it up. I really liked how the front and end pages had trash cans and fish bones on them, it made me wonder if the town he as cleaning up was stinky and dirty. I absolutely love how he dedicated the book to, "litterbugs everywhere." The simplistic drawings were colorful and creative, I especially liked the how the two mice appeared on every page. The rhyming of the text made it fun to read and I liked ...more
Scott Volz
Feb 28, 2012 rated it liked it
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, ...more
Amy Forrester
Aug 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Mr. Gilly is a trashman and everyday he cleans up Trashy Town. At the school, the pizza parlor, the park, and even the fire station, he empties the trash cans into his truck, “Dump it in, smash it down, drive around the Trashy Town!” The repetitive text moves the story along at a nice clip and is easy to read on the page. Yaccarino’s cartoonish illustrations feature bold shapes and bright shapes, making this a great fit for a toddler storytime.

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Pretend City Children's Museum
This is one of our favorite books to do story time here in the museum! It is a great book that teaches children the importance of keeping their community clean! LOVE IT!

Grown-up Tip: Look around your home and find items you can repurpose or reuse. Use an empty cardboard box as a recycling bin for aluminum, plastics or paper. You and your child can decorate the box and put it in an accessible place. Your child will share a new found interest in recycling with friends and family. Encourage environ
Terrence Dingle
Jan 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reading
Trashy Town is a man named Mr. Gilly. he is a trash man, through the story Mr. Gilly goes form place to place to get the trash. he starts form the school, and drives around everywhere until his track is full. once his truck is full he goes to the dump. After, dumping all the trash Mr. gilly goes home to relax and take a bath.

I like this book. My uncle is a trash man and loves his job just like Mr. Gilly seemed to.

I would used this book in my class to show kids that all jobs are important.
Dec 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children
We were looking for something for the boy that would make garbage trucks seem less scary. This book was great! He wanted to read it over and over. The repetition of the refrain and cheerful illustrations made it a pleasant read. The story follows Mr. Gilly the trash man through his day as he collects trash from all over town and then takes it to the dump, finally after he empties his truck there is only one thing left to clean up!
Ecl  Storytellers
Jun 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Adorable story of a trashman collecting trash around town. He makes lots of "STOP!"s where he commences with a pattern of emptying, dumping and smashing. Is the trash full yet? NO! Great story for vehicle/city storytime.

Idea: Have the kids hold shaker eggs as a prop through the story and shake the eggs when Mr. Gilly empties the trash can, tap the floor when it gets smashed down, wheel the egg around the floor when he drives, etc.
Feb 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: el-230
Trashy Town would be a great book for Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten, and 1st grade to teach them about picking up trash in our communities. I like the rhythm in this book and the interaction it could provide between the book and the class. The story and illustrations are simple but adequate for the subject and age group.
Dec 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
While this book may not look exciting at first glance, it's actually wonderful for storytime. Have kids do the hand motions to "dump it in, smash it down, drive around the Trashy Town!" It's repeated often, and all of the kindergartners in my storytime really seemed to love it. An unexpected treasure!

Great for Pre-K and K storytime.
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Andrea Zimmerman and David Clemesha are married and have created several children’s books together, including Digger Man, Fire Engine Man and Trashy Town, an ALA Notable Book. Zimmerman was born in Ohio and grew up in New York, Utah and California. When she was young, she loved exploring nature, reading comic books, and riding her horse. She studied fine arts for children in college, then later we ...more
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