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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 put 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


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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 put 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

30 review for Trashy Town

  1. 5 out of 5

    Emma

    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 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 responding more to the graphic quality of the images than I give him credit for. And why not; he's getting older now and can understand things slightly more abstractly. And he thinks it's hilarious that (spoiler!) Mr Gilly takes a bath when he's an adult - he thinks adults only have showers. tee hee. Yes anyway, the text is absolutely wonderful, it flows along with a great rhythm, and after about our fourth read (not on the same day) my child started to chant along with me. So that's nice. He also likes the mice. Recommended (by me) for even very small children, like 1 up. And for the garbage truck obsessed, at any age.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Brittany

    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 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 parts. Definitely a new favorite.

  3. 4 out of 5

    D'Anne

    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 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 park, and a doctor's office. The latter is particularly fun when reading this book to kids who can't read yet because you can add stuff like, "Mr. Gilly, that's medical waste. That needs to be specially and carefully disposed of. Watch out for hypodermic needles!" At least that's how my son's aunt read it to him.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Mama Bibliosoph

    Mr. Gilly is a trash collector who works hard each day to clean up Trashy Town. He visits the school, the pizza parlor, the doctor's office, the park, and the fire station, and empties the trash cans into his truck; then he takes it all to the dump; and at the end of the day, he goes home for a well-earned bath. With each collection stop, there is a repeated chorus, set in a rectangular, black sidebar on the right of each spread. This book is perfect for kids with autism. My son Luke has asked for Mr. Gilly is a trash collector who works hard each day to clean up Trashy Town. He visits the school, the pizza parlor, the doctor's office, the park, and the fire station, and empties the trash cans into his truck; then he takes it all to the dump; and at the end of the day, he goes home for a well-earned bath. With each collection stop, there is a repeated chorus, set in a rectangular, black sidebar on the right of each spread. This book is perfect for kids with autism. My son Luke has asked for this book every night at bedtime for about three months running, and unlike most of his favorites, he enjoyed this one right out of the gate because there is a predictable, repetitive structure; there is rhythm; and (most critically) there are fill-ins that allow him to yell "NO!", which he finds endlessly fun. It's unfortunate that Mr. Gilly is described in the book as a trashman, and not a trash collector or a sanitation worker (or something else both common and gender neutral). But these are very minor quibbles. Trashy Town is a truly marvelous book. --- I review books for children from the perspective of a parent of kids with autism. The review above is part of a longer post on books for kids who really love trucks: https://www.lineupthebooks.com/20-boo...

  5. 5 out of 5

    Megan Ballard

    Mr. Gilly is the local trashman. With a big truck and a big smile on his face, the children stare in amazement as he cleans up Trashy Town. I really liked this book because of the fact that a trashman is painted as a hero. I would use this to teach my class that we do not look down on others and that no job is meaningless. I would use Mr. Gilly to show my kids that they can find joy in any future job they may have, and that happiness is determined by a person's attitude. Also, I would take the o Mr. Gilly is the local trashman. With a big truck and a big smile on his face, the children stare in amazement as he cleans up Trashy Town. I really liked this book because of the fact that a trashman is painted as a hero. I would use this to teach my class that we do not look down on others and that no job is meaningless. I would use Mr. Gilly to show my kids that they can find joy in any future job they may have, and that happiness is determined by a person's attitude. Also, I would take the opportunity to stress the importance of keeping our streets clean. Picking up trash goes a long way in helping create a cleaner environment, which is a valuable lesson for the future of the world to learn.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Amanda Kearney

    Trashy Town is about a man named Mr. Gilly who is a trash man. He stops throughout different places in the town to collect trash. The book uses repetition and rhyming. It is very easy to understand for young children who are just learning to read. Once Mr. Gilly collects all the trash from the town his work is done and the town is clean. He gets to go home and take a bath. It is a very cute and fun book. This book can teach students to do work, such as homework, with a good attitude just as Mr. G Trashy Town is about a man named Mr. Gilly who is a trash man. He stops throughout different places in the town to collect trash. The book uses repetition and rhyming. It is very easy to understand for young children who are just learning to read. Once Mr. Gilly collects all the trash from the town his work is done and the town is clean. He gets to go home and take a bath. It is a very cute and fun book. This book can teach students to do work, such as homework, with a good attitude just as Mr. Gilly did. Clean up trash isn't always fun, but Mr.s Gilly had a smile on his face through the whole book. It is also a fun book for students to participate in. It asks the question "Is the trash truck full yet?" This is where the students could join in on the reading and either say "yes" or "no."

  7. 4 out of 5

    Molly Cluff (Library!)

    Cute book with a great, repeating cadence about a trash man driving around town picking up the trash. I love at the end when he goes home and takes a bath--he looks so friendly. My only hang up on this book is that some people might take "trashy town" the wrong way and think it's talking about the neighborhoods/people rather than the actual trash cans (even though it works so cute with the cadence of the text!).

  8. 5 out of 5

    Viviane Elbee

    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.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Brett

    Good rhyming scheme, good pictures, but I didn't love the message. This town is gross! Are people purposefully leaving garbage outside the cans just to make the truck driver have to clean it up? And doesn't anybody recycle? It made me picture that film strip from my childhood with the stoic-faced native American man & his single tear. Then again, I may be reading waaaay too much into this. Good rhyming scheme, good pictures, but I didn't love the message. This town is gross! Are people purposefully leaving garbage outside the cans just to make the truck driver have to clean it up? And doesn't anybody recycle? It made me picture that film strip from my childhood with the stoic-faced native American man & his single tear. Then again, I may be reading waaaay too much into this.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jenna Vick

    Mr. Gilly, the trash man, drives all around the town picking up the town's trash. He is always happy and smiles at everyone he sees. He goes to many realistic places to go pick up their trash. Once he finishes cleaning up the town, he goes home and cleans himself to prepare for the next day. I enjoyed this book. The pictures were cute and easy to figure out. The pictures made it easy to figure out and for you to be able to picture what it looks like in your own town. The word choice was perfect! Mr. Gilly, the trash man, drives all around the town picking up the town's trash. He is always happy and smiles at everyone he sees. He goes to many realistic places to go pick up their trash. Once he finishes cleaning up the town, he goes home and cleans himself to prepare for the next day. I enjoyed this book. The pictures were cute and easy to figure out. The pictures made it easy to figure out and for you to be able to picture what it looks like in your own town. The word choice was perfect! it was fun to read out loud because of all the different adjectives used. I would use this in a classroom. It can be used for fun reading, when taking about cleaning up after yourself and others, or even on career day. It is a very realistic read which makes it more fun for the classroom.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Ms. Shoshana

    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.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Dannie Moore

    There can never be enough garbage truck books for the storytime crowd and this is a stunning addition! I can already picture a group of preschoolers singing along the "dump it in, smash it down" right along with me.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Breanna Clark

    Dump it in! Smash it down! Drive around Trashy Town! Dan outdid himself teaching young/young at heart about how trash is collected all over town until Mr. Gilly’s truck is full of glorious garbage! The last thing worth cleaning is yourself with a bath at the end!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Megan

    It's your better than average truck book that has a good use of repetition and rhythm to follow the garbage man as he goes through his day picking up trash throughout the town. My son got a kick out of how the garbage man ended his day (spoiler alert: a bath!)

  15. 5 out of 5

    Ali Book&Seaglasshunter

    Perfect for young toddlers and preschoolers. A catchy refrain, subject widely interesting to that age group, familiar community settings, and bold graphic/geometric illustrations make this one rate highly for the 1-5 age group.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Laura McLoughlin

    Perfectly fine story time selection. Kids are fascinated by garbage trucks.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Shari

    Garbage man, Mr. Gilly, travels around the town collecting garbage.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Samantha

    Cute enough. I think it would pair well with "I Stink" for a storytime.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Pam

    Cute story about a trash collector cleaning up their town. Repetitive words work well for early readers. Great read aloud.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Katy

    Dislike this art style and it's a bit more repetitive than I'd prefer for storytime.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Leslie

    A really fun book for my truck loving toddlers! We used storytime scarves for dumping, smashing trash and for Mr. Gilley's bath.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Laurel L. Perez

    A fun book to read aloud, lots of rhyme, and opportunity for adults to make fun of the word choices.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    This is a very cute book. The repetition is perfect for toddlers and the onomatopoeias are fabulous for the kids to make the sound effects.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Colorado Buck

    wow. repetitive phrase throughout, great story of cleaning up, would be great for things that go, cleaning up, doing jobs, respecting where we live. at the end, he takes a bath.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Melanie

    Mr. Gilly spends the day collecting the trash around town and disposing of it and then takes a bath. Not great. Simple illustrations are muted. Give to children into trucks.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Milton Louie

    It’s a dirty job, but someone had to do it. B

  27. 4 out of 5

    Frankie S

    Really enjoyed this one! Catchy and was 'singing' along while my mom read it.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Danette

    8/9/19 Read with Naomi and Julia

  29. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Kahn

    My son loves this book! Very cute and engaging.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Cristina

    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 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 up to his trash truck being full is a smart easy tactic to keep younger readers to understand and be intrigued for when the truck will be full. I also noticed how the 2 mice were on every page following Mr. Gilly throughout the entire book. I like when books have little obvious illustrations like that throughout the story because you may not notice at first but then you can look back and see the illustrations and sometimes the story in a new perspective. The artistic style was pretty fluent throughout the middle pages having text boxes in contrast colors; black and white, for the text. Overall I really liked this story and how there was a message of encouraging picking up trash and having a clean town to be fun, so I would rate it a 4.5 out of 5. Illustration and Design: The orientation of this book is portrait style and all of the open pages are connected like one big page of the illustrations. The cover is bordered and the back cover is complete negative space; all one color. While the front cover has various small colorful illustrations with white negative space. The front and end pages are the same, bright orange background with trash cans and trash all over. Then the dedication page (which I personally thought was adorable) it stated: “to all the wonderful trash collectors who wave at little children like Chase” and “to litterbugs everywhere”. There is also the copyright underneath that (1999) but no medium stated. I believe the illustrations are made with paint and are all very simple; flat-like.

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