Monday, July 17, 2017

This Book Stinks!: Gross Garbage, Rotten Rubbish, and the Science of Trash by Sarah Wassner Flynn (National Geographic Kids) [Review & Giveaway]

My thoughts:  The title of this National Geographic Kids' book is a bit misleading because the "book" doesn't stink. No, the book is about garbage that stinks. And we all know that rotting garbage is putrid smelling and no one wants to be around it.

Reading through This Book Stinks! is basically a journey of bold infographics that give facts - interesting and stunning, about all the stuff that today's people around the world use, abuse, and trash. The mind-boggling facts and images of the huge mountains of trash dumps and landfills cause deep concern to this reader. Designed as a book to inform and education young readers of the importance that acceptance of their own individual responsibility to reduce the production of waste in the world, it is still entertaining.

The pictures and graphics are great and so well done. The coupling of factual information and statistics that even a child can understand are well presented with text that informs in bite-size pieces easily absorbed.

Who will enjoy this book? Kids, of course, and parents will also become enlightened. I do advise, though, that constraint be exercised regarding the information on "dumpster diving" as it can lead to forays into some nasty stuff while the seeker hopes to find treasures to use or up-source.

About the book: Get up close and personal with a wonderful world of waste. From composting and recycling, to landfills and dumps, to how creative people are finding new ways to reuse rubbish. It's fun to talk trash when it's jam-packed with infographics, thematic spreads, wow-worthy photos, sidebars, serious stats, and fabulous facts. Also included are quizzes and activities to inspire kids to take action, be proactive, and rethink the things we throw away.
Begins July 17
Ends August 7 @ 12:01 a.m. EDT
Open to USA addresses only
a Rafflecopter giveaway DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy to facilitate this review on behalf of National Geographic Kids. Opinions are my own. I was not compensated.


  1. "What are 3 ways you help the world and environment with waste management?"
    1. Recycle cans.
    2. Don't let grease get into paper or cardboard recyclables.
    3. Be thrifty and don't waste.

  2. 1. Planting trees
    2. Recycling
    3. Using energy-efficient lights and appliances

  3. 1. Recycle cans and grocery bags
    2. Buy energy efficient appliances
    3. Buy fresh food to reduce package waste.

  4. 1. We recycle on a daily basis.
    2. We buy produce from the farmer's market to minimize trucking transportation.
    3. We donate gently used items to charity resale stores for reuse.

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  5. 1. Recycle
    2. Use plastic bags to crochet totes and give to people to use in place of single use plastic bags. I have some ten years old and still look new.
    3. All lightbulbs replaced last year to be energy efficient with the best bulb for use in each specific location.

  6. We recycle as much as we can, we reuse, and try to buy items that have been recycled!

  7. We recycle, monitor and reduce water and electricity use, carpool. Thanks

  8. 1. Recycle Paper
    2. Conserve electricity - turn off lights, short showers and used only LED bulbs
    3. Recycle cans

  9. Ways to help the world and environment with waste management:
    1. I recycle for a hopeful downcycling process. To ensure that no reusable goods are being put into landfills.
    2. I reuse and upcycle items when I can.
    3. I shut off water when I absolutely don't need to be using it.

  10. We recycle everything possible, have scavenger hunts that include picking up garbage items in our local parts, and we purchase environmentally friendly and sustainable products.

  11. I have a little guy who wants to be a garbage man so this is the perfect book for him! Thanks for sharing this at Booknificent Thursday at this week!


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