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Summary: Rhyming text takes us on Colonel Trash Truck's journey around town. From throwing trash where it belongs to personal habits (like cleaning your room, and using a tissue), kids learn the value of a neat, clean, and orderly life. This picture book teaches kids about respecting the environment.
Type of Reading: playtime reading, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 8; read yourself: 6 to 9
Interest Level: 4 to 7
Age of Child: Read with an 8-year-old girl.
Young Reader Reaction: "Karunch, Karunch, Karunch." Our daughter loved making the noises and "ew-ing" and "yuck-ing" at the descriptions and pictures.
Adult Reader Reaction: The rhymes in this book work great, and we were able to use some of them as "slogans" for getting our daughter to do some of the simple tasks that usually take nagging ("put away your clothes, stop picking your nose!")
Pros: Clever rhyming and cute illustrations will engage young children in this story.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow or buy. This is a book you'll read a lot of times with young children (best audience: 3 to 6). They will grow out of it, and it won't be the kind of book they come back to.