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The Resource I'm dirty!, Kate & Jim McMullan

I'm dirty!, Kate & Jim McMullan

Label
I'm dirty!
Title
I'm dirty!
Statement of responsibility
Kate & Jim McMullan
Title variation
I am dirty!
Creator
Contributor
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
A busy backhoe loader describes all the items it hauls off a lot and all the fun it has getting dirty while doing so
Tone
Character
Illustration
Award
Booklist Editors’ Choice: Books for Youth, 2006
Review
  • /*Starred Review*/ The irresistible, growling garbage-truck star of the McMullens' I Stink! (2002) collected legions of small fans. This follow-up's narrator, a swaggering, dirt-loving backhoe loader, is just as likable. The books' formats are similar. Stink weaves an alphabet game into the text; here, there is a counting exercise as the backhoe loader lists the piles of clutter it moves, from «10 torn-up truck tires» to «7 loused-up lawn chairs,» while clearing a vacant lot. As in the previous title, the high-octane, boasting voice and energetic, bold-lined illustrations transform the machine into a loud-mouthed, fully anthropomorphized character that will instantly captivate kids. The short, choppy phrases, filled with sound, are just right for jolly, raucous read-alouds: «Ugh! Arrrrrrrgh! Mmmmmmmmmph! Tim-berrrrrrrr!» Pint-size gear-heads will love the spreads showing the backhoe loader using all of his features, from front claw to back wheels, and most kids will find plenty of vicarious fun in the grinning, powerful monster machine that creates and conquers chaos and loves a good mud bath. -- Gillian Engberg (Reviewed 09-15-2006) (Booklist, vol 103, number 2, p61)
  • /* Starred Review */ PreS-Gr 2 With a style familiar to fans of I'm Mighty! (2003) and I Stink! (2002, both HarperCollins), McMullan introduces a sassy backhoe loader who relishes his dirty job. He brags about his equipment and then heads to work, where he cleans up an abandoned lot. Cleaning up this mess? Easy as pie. Make that a MUD pie. Counting down from 10 to 1, the backhoe removes the alliterative trash: 4 cat-clawed couches, 3 scuffed-up signs, 2 tossed-out toilet seats, 1 wonky washing machine. Then, he pulls out a tree stump, takes a mud bath, and back-drags his bucket over the dirt. Throughout the story, the machine becomes progressively dirtier, with a repeating motif of mud. The text flies about the pages, changing size, shape, and orientation. With its saucy tone and dynamic color cartoon illustrations, this picture book exudes energy.Suzanne Myers Harold, Multnomah County Library System, Portland, OR --Suzanne Myers Harold (Reviewed September 1, 2006) (School Library Journal, vol 52, issue 9, p178)
  • /* Starred Review */ As they did in I Stink! and I'm Mighty! , these creative collaborators introduce a spunky anthropomorphic character—in this case a backhoe loader who relishes his dirty work. "Who's got a boom, a dipper stick, and a bucket with a row of chompers? Me ! And that's just my rear end," he announces proudly. After a flatbed truck carries him to a lot filled with discarded items, the backhoe digs in with gusto, providing an alliterative countdown as he cleans up 10 torn-up truck tires, nine fractured fans, eight busted beach umbrellas, etc. "Hope ya like noise," he says gleefully, as he drops his load in a dumpster, creating quite a din ("Clank! Bang! Bong! Clunk! "). The cheerful, chatty fellow then uproots a tree stump ("Aw Stumpie—loosen up") and fills in the hole, a job he deems a "piece of cake. Make that a mud cake with dirt sprinkles and a scoop of Rocky Road." After taking a mud bath and flattening out the lot, the machine, much to his delight, is dirty indeed. Energetic illustrations capture these mucky goings-on with a large dollop of humor, as type of varying sizes cavorts playfully across the pages. Abundant sound effects make this a high-spirited read-aloud. Ages 4-8. (Sept.) --Staff (Reviewed July 24, 2006) (Publishers Weekly, vol 253, issue 29, p57)
  • /* Starred Review */ From the creators of I Stink! (2002) and I'm Mighty! (2003) comes Backhoe Loader, a construction vehicle that is ready for business. Its backside contains a boom, a dipper stick, a bucket and some pretty sharp teeth, and its front features steel arms, hydraulic rams and a giant ladder bucket. Initially spotless, Backhoe Loader is transported to his destination via flatbed truck and quickly gets to work cleaning up a junkyard. After all the tires, bicycles, couches, toilet seats and even a washing machine are collected and placed in a dumpster, it's time to get really dirty. Backhoe Loader pulls up a tree stump, takes a mud bath, fills in a hole, and smoothes it all out. Now the lot is sparkling clean, and Backhoe Loader is anything but. Readers will delight in the jaunty backhoe and appreciate his gruff silliness. Full of kid appeal, this is sure to be a favorite with reluctant readers, those who revel in mud and all who love trucks. (Picture book. 4-8) (Kirkus Reviews, July 15, 2006)
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148805
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
McMullan, Kate
Illustrations
illustrations
Intended audience
004-008
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • -1
  • 2
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorDate
1936-
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
McMullan, Jim
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Backhoes
  • Cleanliness
Target audience
primary
Label
I'm dirty!, Kate & Jim McMullan
Instantiates
Publication
Dimensions
24 x 29 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
1 v. (unpaged)
Isbn
9780060092931
Isbn Type
(trade bdg.)
Lccn
2005017919
Other physical details
col. ill.
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780060092931
  • (OCoLC)60767017
Label
I'm dirty!, Kate & Jim McMullan
Publication
Dimensions
24 x 29 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
1 v. (unpaged)
Isbn
9780060092931
Isbn Type
(trade bdg.)
Lccn
2005017919
Other physical details
col. ill.
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780060092931
  • (OCoLC)60767017

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