This New York Times Best Illustrated Book is a mostly true and completely stinky story that is sure to make you say, “Pee-yew!” Teaching environmental awareness has become a national priority, and this hilarious book (subtly) drives home the message that we can’t produce unlimited trash without consequences.
Before everyone recycled . . .
There was a town that had 3,168 tons of garbage and nowhere to put it.
What did they do?
Enter the Garbage Barge!
Amazing art built out of junk, toys, and found objects by Red Nose Studio makes this the perfect book for Earth Day or any day, and photos on the back side of the jacket show how the art was created.
Here Comes the Garbage Barge was a New York Times Best Illustrated book of 2010, a Huffington Post Best Picture Book of the Year, and a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year. The Washington Post said, “Cautionary? Yes. Hilarious? You betcha!” and the New York Times Book Review raved, “[A] glorious visual treat.”
negative reviews miss the point
By dc reader "dc reader" - June 14, 2010
People seem to be missing the point that this book is based on the real story, including, for the most part, the real names of the people involved! The book is tongue in cheek and if you have any imagination at all provides a great opportunity to do some educating on social and environmental issues. Our 3 year old twins absolutely love it.
This hilarious tale of Islip's stinky, but serious garbage problem, will tickle the funny bone of young and old alike! "KUNGO!"
By D. Fowler "Dragonfly77" - April 7, 2010
Oh, my . . . stink, stink! There were piles `n piles of garbage. Like tons of it. If you lived in Islip in 1987, chances are some of your stinky discarded junk was on the Mobro 4000. There simply was too much of the stuff, stuff that nobody wanted and it had to go. PEE YEW! As a matter of fact, "the average person made seven pounds of garbage every day." Very soon it was "Long Island, we got a problem" and it was a big one. What were they going to do with all that trash? Now that is where the Mobro came in. Mr. Gino Stroffolino was practically a genius and the best thing to do was to pawn Islip's garbage on someone else. Yeah, that would be a grand idea!
And so, a call was made to Joey LaMotta. You would not believe the amount of junk that the "Break of Dawn," a little tugboat was going to haul. Cap'm Duffy St. Pierre toot tooted his way out of the harbor on the Mobro on March 22, 1987 with "3,168 tons of garbage" for Morehead City, North Carolina. When they... read more
Great book and message
By JDHB "FLBookLover" - April 22, 2010
Two thumbs up for The Garbage Barge! Good book, entertaining, great illustrations, and delivers a solid message. Great book for kids to learn more about the garbage we all produce and our responsibility to take care of it.