Down in the Dumps: A Very Trashy Christmas

Down in the Dumps: A Very Trashy Christmas
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September 13, 2022
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The Secret Life of Pets meets The Bad Guys in DOWN IN THE DUMPS, an all-new, highly illustrated early chapter book series about three unlikely friends—a rotten banana, a broken tea pot, and a crusty blob of gunk—and their adventures together in the local town landfill.
Santa who? Nana has never heard about Christmas until the old toys of the Westerfield Waste Transfer and Recycling Center tell her about the most magical night of the year!

In A Very Trashy Christmas, the third book in the Down in the Dumps series, Nana learns that Santa Claus delivers toys to all the good boys and girls and so she insists on writing him her own letter. But when Santa arrives with their gifts in tow, the Forklift of Doom mistakes Santa’s sleigh for rubbish. Can Nana and her trash friends band together to save Christmas before it’s too late?

A Very Trashy Christmas is the third book in the Down in the Dumps series from beloved author-illustrator Wes Hargis. It will have even the most reluctant readers writing Santa for more adventures!

HarperChapters build confident readers one chapter at a time! With short, fast-paced books, art on every page, and milestone markers at the end of every chapter, they're the perfect next step for fans of I Can Read!

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Down in the Dumps: A Very Trashy Christmas was a cute, heartwarming, some what gross holiday read.
The writing style is akin to a graphic novel. The font is perfect for those just learning to read, as the letters do not run together. The author uses vocabulary easy for these same readers to comprehend, while at the same time not constantly using "first words."
I absolutely LOVED that there was a word count once we finished chapter three. This was a unique addition to the book, and a fantastic way to celebrate these milestones.
The illustrations are crude and cute. They are in greyscale, so my children didn't like them as much.
Anyone can celebrate Christmas/believe in Santa, no matter who, what, or where they are.. even if they are discarded objects living in a literal dump. I enjoyed the concept of the plot, probably looking more into it than a child would.
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