Down in the Dumps: Trash vs. Trucks

Down in the Dumps: Trash vs. Trucks
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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 gum—and their adventures together in the local town landfill.
Oh, no! In Trash vs. Trucks, the second book in the Down in the Dumps series, the trucks are planning to move Nana’s beautiful home at the Westerfield Waste Transfer and Recycling Center. And to a trash barge of all places, too! Nana isn’t about to give up her beloved dump without a fight, but she’ll need a plan first. Will Nana and her trash friends be able to save their home and stop the trucks from taking apart everything they’ve worked so hard to build?

Trash vs. Trucks is the second book in the Down in the Dumps series from beloved author-illustrator Wes Hargis. It will have even the most reluctant readers taking out the trash 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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Great chapter book!
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Written like a graphic novel, Down in the Dumps: Trash vs. Trucks is a short & fun read for readers that are ready for chapter books. The font makes it easy for young readers to distinguish between words.
I'm not a fan of the greyscale illustrations, as it makes the pages dull.
I have mixed feelings about the plot. On the one hand, I feel like its encouraging children to be disobedient when faced with something new, such as moving... I may be reading more into it that a child would be though. On the other hand, I love how the author threw in the importance of NOT littering.
I love the achievement acknowledgement after select chapters, or word count. My child really enjoyed being able to see how much he was reading - this is great for reading challenges/read-a-thons.
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