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I'm Dirty!

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

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  1,111 ratings  ·  141 reviews
Now a streaming animated series!

This construction vehicle with an attitude loves every second of his dirty job!

For fans of Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site and Steam Train, Dream Train comes a noisy addition to the hilarious read-aloud series from Kate and Jim McMullan, the popular creators of I'm Bad! and I Stink!

Clank! Rattle! Bang!
Who's making all that noise?
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published August 15th 2006 by HarperCollins
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Jun 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Learning about the life of a front-end loader, Neo had the chance to discover all the implements as well as what they can do. The life of a loader is surely not a clean one, but without them, the world would be a much dirtier place. Of course, SOMEONE has to get dirty in the bigger scheme of things. Neo hopes we can see some loaders on our future adventures and promised to check just how dirty they can get.
Stephanie  Weatherly
Aug 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
My boys loved this book! Cute illustrations accompany the text.
Robert Beveridge
Kate and Jim McMullen, I'm Dirty! (Joanna Cotler Books, 2006)

Another entry in the “kids who love heavy equipment” subgenre. The subject of this quirky little tome is a backhoe loader who's, well, kind of conceited, judging from the first four pages. There's a quick section about counting backwards from ten, then the dirty part kicks in. I was a little jarred by the subtlety of some of the dirt references when juxtaposed with the ones that hit you in the face with a week-old dead haddock, but the
Maria Mascalco
Sep 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
I'm Dirty! by Kate and Jim McMullan is a great counting book that is a great way to introduce counting to children. The book is great because it has the truck picking up different amounts of different objects. For example the truck picks up "6 broken bicycles and 5 burned out barbecues." On the page, there is exactly that amount of bicycles and barbecues which allows children to interact with the book and physically count the amount of the objects making it very easy to learn.

The illustrations
Rebecca Grabill
May 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
The author in me loves the voice and fun and frolic if this book. The kid in me loves the dirt and grime and work in this book. The parent reading aloud loved how much my little guy loved this book. The parent reading aloud does have a little trouble sustaining the energy necessary to read this book well, however. 😜 This whole series is a hit.
Shelby Miller
Oct 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-book
This book could be a great opportunity to help make books appealing to young boys. The middle of the story includes a section focused on counting. I think this is a fun and different book for children to explore.
Topics: working machines, machine parts, daily duties, counting, responsibility, pride.
Jan 22, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The illustrations made us think of the Amazon show "The Stinky and Dirty Show," but the show is a whole lot more fun than this book. The book is a string of words that feel like they should rhyme, but they don't.
Dec 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was cute, I liked the counting and the rhythm this had. I don't know why I wasn't as keen on "I Stink" beacause with the countdown this follows a similar pattern to that book, but for some reason I do like it, it was really cute.
I also liked the illustrations.
May 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This would be a good book for using sound effects during storytime. I like that the digger has a fun, loud personality. There are a lot of aspects about this book that would be great to make for an interactive storytime.
Shawn Deal
Jun 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s
Wonderfully illustrated. This is a good book about how one machine works plus a counting book in how much that machine can lift. Very clever combination.
Lynn  Davidson
Oct 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
One of a series, this book is about backhoes from the voice of a backhoe. Great illustrations. It's a fun read for young children.
Jan 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kids-books
Fun Fun Fun for the kids.

This is a good series to do "Dad voices" for the kids.
Sep 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Not quite as good as I Stink!, but still pretty good.
It was okay. For those children who love you go.
I hadn't read any of this series by McMullan, though I'd recommended them. Good to know what they're like. I was impressed by the counting part!
Eliot Reads
Sep 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Love this book, including the countdown of garbage from 10!
Aug 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Lots of great noises to make in this one.
Mar 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A great book
Miss Sarah
Dec 14, 2017 rated it liked it
A backhoeday goes through it's day getting dirty and making noise. toddler and up
Sep 17, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: counting-book
I’m Dirty! By Kate McMullan and illustrated by Jim McMullan, is a counting book, build with a story. The main character, a backhoe loader, has plenty of attitudes and is on a mission to clean up a lot. This book is for a younger audience like preschool to first grade, because this age group tends to find construction and labor vehicles quite fascinating. In addition, this group is also focusing on learning to count, which this book covers from the numbers one through ten.
Jim McMullan’s illust
Tahira Hamilton
Aug 20, 2008 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Teachers of students in 2nd grade or younger!
This is a cleaver little book about a crain and his dirty job to clean up an empty park. The crain in this book cleaverly does ten differnt tasks, counting back words, to get the park cleaned up. While the crain sarts out clean he does not end up that way. The more he cleans up the park the more dirty he becomes untill the park spotless and he, well... you'll have to read to see!
I would use this book in a math lesson to help young students learn to count fowards and back words. After reading th
Sep 17, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: counting
I really enjoyed reading the book, I’m Dirty written by Kate McMullan, and illustrated by Jim McMullan. The story is about a truck with attitude and sassiness that helps children count while he is completing his job. The grade level for the book is for preschool to first grade. The picture complements the story; thus allowing even the little ones to enjoy this great book.
This book is humorous, and although it might be geared toward boys, girls can also enjoy the remarks of Backhoe Loader. An e
Rachel Hancock
Jan 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: counting
"I'm Dirty" was written and illustrated by Kate and Jim McMullan. This book tells the story of a backhoe loader who loves his job. It uses personification and describes the backhoe as having "steel arms, hydraulic rams, and a specialized, maximized, giant-sized loader bucket." The counting book uses numbers to describe all the objects the backhoe is cleaning up and starts by mentioning "10 torn-up tires" all the way down to "1 wonking washing machine." The book uses alliteration in describing th ...more
Sep 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I'm Dirty! is the story of a Backhoe Loader who loves his job immensely. The book starts by him describing all of the fascinating parts on his body, including his loader bucket and dipper stick. Next, he tells us about his favorite job - cleaning up messes. He counts down each mess as he eliminates the debris, "10 torn-up truck tires, 9 fractured fans..." When he takes the trash to the dumpster, there are so many descriptive words from BANG! to RATTLE!. My favorite part is when the Backhoe Loade ...more
Hannah Rich
Feb 04, 2014 rated it liked it
"BOOM!" The words like, "BOOM, BANG, BING, CLANK," etc. definitely catch the readers attention. This book has a corky feel that is fun for children to read. I noticed a correlation between this picture book and the movie, "Cars," because the automobiles are talking right at you! Boys would find this book enjoyable to read, because it not only illustrates bulldozers, mud, or a junk yard, but the flashy colors really bring the pictures to life! As this stands as a counting picture book, the bulldo ...more
Shanna Gonzalez
Oct 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-00-04
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 hol ...more
Anne Catesby
I'm Dirty by Kate and Jim McMullan is a great book for younger children, especially boys and girls who are interested in getting dirty as well as trucks. This books talks about all of the different parts of a backhoe loader and what all happens in a days work of one of these loaders. When I was a child I probably would not have chosen this book but I feel like children who are interested in things like this would really love this type of book. For a book like this I believe that children from th ...more
Jul 10, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Boys ages 4-8, teachers
This is a great follow up the the book I Stink! The language is descriptive and creative. The text is not linear, it follows the path of the front end loader. The letters are also illustrated to show their meaning. For instance the letters in the word CHOMP! have bites out of them. The front end loader takes a trip to the dump where it collects all sorts of dirty things. This seems like the type of book boys would really get into. It combines heavy equipment with dirty and gross items. I really ...more
Oct 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: counting
This book takes you through a day with a Backhoe Loader. His job that day is to clean up a messy lot. As he is cleaning he counts the number of objects he is cleaning up. While he is cleaning the lot he makes himself a mess.

The pictures in this book are very nice and colorful. They add a lot tot the story. They are also very big so this book could be used a read aloud since everyone would be able to see them. My favorite picture is the one where the backhoe is taking a mud bath. It's so cute bec
Mckenzie Marcinek
Feb 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: counting-book
This is a book about a backhoe loader who truly enjoys his job! The author used strong descriptive words to describe the backhoe, such as having "steel arms, hydraulic rams, and a specialized, maximized, giant-sized loader bucket." The author uses numbers as a counting style to explain all the things the backhoe has to clean up using phrases like "10 torn-up tires." Once the backhoe has cleaned up lot he cleans himself because he is very dirty. The illustrations are very cute and fun to look at. ...more
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