Man the machines and help clean up the junkyard in this rousing robot story that encourages community building.
The yard has junk! Stacks and heaps and piles of junk as far as the eye can see. But the Munching Machine robots are on the job—it’s time to get cleaning! And after a whole lot of CRUNCHING, CHEWING, CHOMPING, SLURPING, and SWEEPING, what’s next? Time to get BUILDING, DIGGING, PLANTING, and DECORATING the new park for everyone to enjoy!
Fun, rhyming text paired with irresistible robots and radiant results make this an engaging read-aloud that will inspire clean-up projects of all sizes.
Two civic-minded robots dubbed the Munching Machines decide to turn their junkyard home, which is an all but in name a Superfund site, into a fabulous community garden and playground. Possessing figurative if not literal ironclad constitutions, they ingest everything within their impressive reach not just "messy mounds of shopping carts,/ picture frames, and bicycles," but also "truckloads of stinky fish oil,/ barrels of sticky paste,/ a swimming pool of goopy goo,/ and tubs of toxic waste!" They take a break only long enough to let rip a triumphant "BURP!" before turning the yard into "something new." Austin's (Monsters Love Colors) rhyming clomps along like a robot, but the listicle aspect of his text ("They pile dirt high/ to make mountains for hiking/ and a long winding trail/ for running and biking") should prod readers to lean in and contemplate their own perfect playgrounds. While the two mechanical heroes have just one personality setting eagerly happy Austin's digital illustrations are exuberantly jumbled and layered, making for a bright, colorful mess with an appropriately distressed texture reminiscent of block printing. Ages 4 8.