Monday, June 19, 2017

This Book Stinks!: Gross Garbage, Rotten Rubbish by Sarah Wassner Flynn

Today for Middle Grade Monday I am looking at a new release from National Geographic Kids, This Book Stinks!: Gross Garbage, Rotten Rubbish by Sarah Wassner Flynn.

The Book-
This is a nonfiction book for kids that delves into the world of yuckyness, yes, garbage. It talks about composting and recycling, landfills and dumps, and how creative people are finding new ways to reuse trash.

My Thoughts-
This book is great for bringing to the attention of kids the problem the world has with waste. It goes about it in many ways. There are big, bold colorful pictures that show the massive amounts of garbage in dumps and landfills. There are quizzes and activities to alert kids to what they can do to help the environment. There are also charts and graphs.

 I liked the science aspect of things, where kids are shown how landfills work to stop leaking bad components into the ground and also the information about how long it takes certain products to decompose... 1 million years for a glass bottle and 450 years for a disposable diaper!

A bonus of the book is that it hits on the fact that garbage can be fun. It shows artists, dumpster divers and scientists creating new ways to use and re-use garbage. Overall, it teaches kids how to play a part in making the world a less wasteful place. I picked up this book just because I was curious about the pictures of garbage. I know that's weird, but it intrigued me and I think kids will get a kick out of the pictures too. Plus, guess what happens to old landfills? They get turned into playgrounds and sports fields! Who knew? Kids will wonder about the ground beneath them and that is cool. I'm giving this book 5 stars!


  1. I love books that show creative way to use garbage. Important for upcoming generations of kids! Love National Geographic books.

  2. This is my kind of book. Great to know about it. Thanks for the post.

  3. Oh my gosh I used to love National Geographic Kids books when I was a tad younger! I was especially into the environment and climate change/global warming/pollution etc. (I still am even now XD). Glad that you enjoyed it!