Junk: A Spectacular Tale of Trash

A Spectacular Tale of Trash

2019 Green Earth Book Awards - Short List

Sylvia Samantha White is very good at finding--she just doesn't know exactly what all her "junk" is good for, not yet at least. But when completely ridiculous disaster strikes, she springs into action and uses her junk to create solutions to the town's troubles. A charming ode to collecting, creating, and following your bliss--even when you're not entirely sure where it will lead you.

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Interest Level Kindergarten - Grade 3
Reading Level Grade 1
Dewey E
Lexile 640L
ATOS Reading Level
Guided Reading Level M
Language English
Publisher Sleeping Bear Press
Available Formats Hardcover (9781585364008), PDF (9781534126466), Hosted ebook (9781534126596)
Copyright 2018
Number of Pages 32
Dimensions 9 x 11
Graphics Full-color illustrations
  • Green Earth Book Award, Short-listed, 2019

Booklist - Junk: A Spectacular Tale of Trash

Each day, Sylvia Samantha White heads out with her wagon to find discarded stuff. Whether tires, old wood, a partial pack of gum, or empty paint cans, she lugs everything home. And when anyone asks why, from her father to the grumpy mayor, she replies, “I’m working on something.” But truthfully, she’s unsure, which she admits to elderly Ezekiel Mather, who encourages her: “That’s the best part . . . the part before you know.” Then the town’s water tower springs a leak, bringing flooding, power outages, and zoo animals escaping. With the mayor unable to control things, Sylvia steps in, utilizing her miscellaneous refuse to help—even “43 wheelbarrows of three-quarters-rotten bananas.” Employing hyperbolic and humorous elements and colorful cartoon illustrations, this portrays the concept of repurposing and conservation with a light touch. While the the story skimps on specifics, like explaining wind turbines (here with “motors connected to nothing”), and doesn’t address safety issues involved with picking up or potentially hoarding cast-offs or trash, this is still a creative, sometimes amusing introduction to the
ecofriendly concept.

Author: Nicholas Day

Nicholas Day cannot really pull off a polka-dotted party hat. This is his first book for children. He lives in Buffalo, New York with his family.

Illustrator: Tom Disbury

Tom Disbury is an illustrator for picture books and commercial projects. He lives in Rugby, United Kingdom with his family.

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