Cover image for Trashy town
Title:
Trashy town
Author:
Zimmerman, Andrea Griffing.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
[New York] : HarperCollinsPublishers, [1999]

©1999
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 27 cm
Summary:
Little by little, can by can, Mr. Gillie, the trash man, cleans up his town.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
AD 230 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 1.9 0.5 34813.

Reading Counts RC K-2 1.7 1 Quiz: 21889 Guided reading level: I.
ISBN:
9780060271398

9780060271404

9781555929282
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Meet Mr. Gilly. He cleans up Trashy Town. There's trash at the pizza parlor, trash at the school, and trash at every house. It's a big job, but Mr. Gilly does it with a big truck, a big smile, and loads of style.

Trashy Town features a rhythmic, repeatable refrain that will have children clamoring for repeat readings. Dynamic art from acclaimed illustrator Dan Yaccarino puts the zip in Mr. Gilly's stride and adds style and charm to trash collection. Perfect for fans of all books about things that GO!

Dump it in, smash it down, drive around the Trashy Town!

An ALA Notable Children's Book


Reviews 4

Booklist Review

Ages 2^-5. Mr. Gilly the trashman puts on his gloves, climbs into his truck, and goes to work. He finds trash at the school, park, pizza parlor, doctor's office, and fire station, landmarks familiar to most preschoolers. At each stop, he empties the cans into his truck to the refuse refrain, "Dump it in, smash it down, drive around the Trashy Town!" When he has collected all the town garbage, he drives to the dump and empties his truck, proudly proclaiming, "I dumped it in. I smashed it down. I love to clean up Trashy Town!" Then he takes off his gloves, goes home, and takes a bath. Short energetic sentences propel the tale. Young children will quickly perceive the story pattern and be anxious to join the narrator at the appropriate places. Employing primary colors dominated by bold blues, Yaccarino's vibrant art has a retro look. His use of shape with minimal detail is a perfect match for the directness and simplicity of the story. Reminiscent of Margaret Wise Brown's best work, this is right on the mark for young children. --Linda PerkinsReference Books Bulletin


Publisher's Weekly Review

Zimmerman and Clemesha, authors of The Cow Buzzed, give a cleaned-up account of sanitation work. Mr. Gilly is a trash collector and has the enviable task of driving a big blue truck. Accompanied by two tidy, pale-gray rats, Mr. Gilly gathers garbage from the school, the park and the pizza parlor. Each stop is followed by the refrain: Dump it in, smash it down, drive around the Trashy Town! (the type is set into a neat black side bar at the right of each spread). Theres nary an overfull can or torn garbage bag in sight, and by the end, Mr. Gilly has cleaned up the whole town! He takes his load to the dump, then goes home for a bath. Despite the smelly and slimy aspects of garbage collecting, Zimmerman and Clemesha make Mr. Gillys job seem satisfying. If they oversimplify, they also dignify the works human component. Like the authors, Yaccarino (Circle Dogs) also makes the work look manageable. His rectangular silhouettes of urban buildings and stylized alleys appear in unadulterated shades of sapphire blue and deep red. He pictures items of litterbanana peels, pizza slices, empty bottles and cansas sleek icons, giving no indication of dirt or decay; Mr. Gillys ochre jumpsuit and blue plaid shirt remain unsullied. This overwhelmingly positive day-in-the-life gives an overdue salute to an unsung hero, and transforms Trashy Town into a tidy town. Ages 4-8. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


Library Journal Review

PreS-K-Sporting big gloves and a friendly smile, Mr. Gilly drives his garbage truck about town. An exuberant crash-bang refrain and bold, blocky illustrations will have preschoolers chanting along and clamoring for more. Good clean fun. (May) (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


School Library Journal Review

PreS-K-This jaunty look at garbage collection makes a backbreaking job look like fun. Yaccarino's illustrations are appealingly childlike and have a slightly retro look. They show a brightly colored, if somewhat messy, town-definitely in need of the trash collector's cheerful care. Simple shapes and minimal detail suggest various locations (the school, the park, the pizza parlor) but keep the focus squarely on Mr. Gilly as he goes about his appointed rounds. At the same time, two small rodents appear in each double-page spread, providing continuity as they introduce a playful element to the story. The repetitive, rhythmic text makes it easy for children to chime in. Preschoolers will especially appreciate the refrain, "Dump it in, smash it down, drive around the Trashy Town! Is the trash truck full yet? NO." Like the pictures, the type has a solid, almost blocky appearance; it is easy to read and contributes to the book's design. Entertaining enough to be read just for fun, this simple selection will also appeal to teachers looking for stories about community helpers.-Lisa Dennis, The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, PA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.