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Reviews:
The Alarming Letters from Scottsdale by Warner Law
Brother by James Fredericks
Bubbles Betrothed by Sarah Strohmeyer
Bunny Modern by David Bowman
Cowboy Feng's Space Bar and Grille by Steven Brust
A Day With My Dad by Lance Waite
Dirt: An American Campaign by Mark LaFlamme
Divine Freefall by Beth Wiseman
50/50 by Dean Karnazes
Game Widow by Wendy Kays
Gateway by Frederik Pohl
How the Day Runs Down by John Langan
If You Give a Cat a Cupcake by Laura Numeroff and Felicia Bond
Jim the Boy by Tony Earley
Lorna Doone by R. D. Blackmore
Margarettown by Garbrielle Zevin
The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury
Memphis: Objects, Furniture & Patterns by Richard Horn
The Minutemen's Witch by Charles Coleman Finlay
The New Writer's Handbook by Ted Kooser
One Crossed Out by Fanny Howe
The Once and Future Celt by Bill Watkins
Peter Hatches and Egg by Louise Bienvenu-Brialmont
Raindrop Plop! by
Ripley Under Water by Patricia Highsmith
A Skeptical Spirit by Albert E. Cowdrey
Smash Trash by Laura Driscoll
Sunsets and Shooting Stars by Rick Seidel
The Trumpet of the Swan by E. B. White
Uh-oh, Calico! by Karma Wilson
We Come Not to Praise Washington by Charles Coleman Finlay
Welcome to the Monkey House by Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
What Makes a Rainbow? by Betty Ann Schwartz
Zodiac by Neal Stephenson

Don Quixote:
Book 3
Book 4: Chapters 28-37
Book 4: End of Part 1

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5 stars: Completely enjoyable or compelling
4 stars: Good but flawed
3 stars: Average
2 stars: OK
1 star: Did not finish

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Comments for Smash Trash

Smash TrashSmash Trash: 12/24/08

Months before we saw Wall-E (2008) Sean got himself a copy of Smash Trash! by Laura Driscoll. It's a level one readers' retelling of the first twenty minutes or so of the film.

As it's a Level One book, there's not much in the way of text but that's in keeping with the film which has no dialog at first beyond the song from Hello Dolly! (1969) that Wall-E is listening to. With creative and repetitive use of "smash" and "trash" Driscoll does a great job of capturing the bleak opening moments of the film.

Typically children's books from films just use screenshots as their illustrations. They are often blurry or pixelated. Smash Trash! has its own illustrations, drawn in a simplistic and bold style reminiscent of the 1950s educational films. The drawings work. They are faithful to the film but carry their own weight. The book doesn't feel slapped together as so many of these sorts of books do.

If you have a child who is learning to read and is a fan of the film, pick up a copy the next time the Scholastic book fair comes to school. That's where we got the book.

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