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Smash! Mash! Crash! There Goes the Trash!
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42. Smash! Mash! Crash! There Goes the Trash! (McElderry Books, 2006)
Barbara Odanaka & Will Hillenbrand
(Preschool-Grade 2)

The garbage trucks are here today! Smashing, mashing, lights a-flashing, gobblin’garbage, gulpity-gulp.

From castaway furniture to last night’s leftovers, no job is too big or too small for this rugged team. With an upbeat, rhythmic text, Smash! Mash! Crash! There Goes the Trash! follows two garbage trucks on their route. What results is a stinky, roaring, rumbling mess- and loads of fun!

“Hillenbrand's textured illustrations… depict the machines as giant, mechanical toads on wheels. The midnight-blue background gradually lightens to cream as daylight comes and the garbage workers… pick up their loads, including cast-off furniture and dirty diapers.”


“Done in ink and egg tempera on canvas, the vivacious two-page paintings convey the text's enthusiasm and energy.”

School Library Journal

“Hillenbrand effectively captures the ickiness of all the soiled or overripe ‘entrees,’ but leaves the sidewalks and battered cans neat and litter free as the tracks careen off to their next stop.”

Kirkus Reviews