This New York Times
Best Illustrated Book is a mostly true and completely stinky story that is sure to make you say, “Pee-yew!” Teaching environmental awareness has become a national priority, and this hilarious book (subtly) drives home the message that we can’t produce unlimited trash without consequences.
Before everyone recycled . . .
There was a town that had 3,168 tons of garbage and nowhere to put it.
What did they do?
Enter the Garbage Barge!
Amazing art built out of junk, toys, and found objects by Red Nose Studio makes this the perfect book for Earth Day or any day, and photos on the back side of the jacket show how the art was created. Here Comes the Garbage Barge
was a New York Times
Best Illustrated book of 2010, a Huffington Post
Best Picture Book of the Year, and a School Library Journal
Best Book of the Year. The Washington Post
said, “Cautionary? Yes. Hilarious? You betcha!” and the New York Times Book Review
raved, “[A] glorious visual treat.”
Jonah Winter is the author of You Never Heard of Sandy Koufax?!, Muhammad Ali: Champion of the World,
all of which received multiple starred reviews. He lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Red Nose Studio creates eccentric worlds of sculptural and 3-D illustrations. Red Nose Studio’s illustrations have appeared in The New York Times,
the Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune,
and other publications.
Starred Review, School Library Journal, January 2010:
"This title should be a part of every elementary school ecology unit."Starred Review, Publishers Weekly, January 11, 2010:
"Funky in every sense of the word."Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews, January 15, 2010:
"A stinky story never seemed so sweet ... [a] fantastic combination of text and image."Starred Review, The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, April 2010:
"[P]acked with visual delights."Review, The New York Times Book Review, November 7, 2010:
"[A] glorious visual treat."Review, The Washington Post, March 21, 2010:
"Cautionary? Yes. Hilarious? You betcha!"Review, Los Angeles Times, March 25, 2010:
"Here comes the Garbage Barge!
tells the story in wonderfully colorful language and inventive claymation-style illustrations."Review, Chicago Sun-Times, April 18, 2010:
"As compelling as the story is, so are the unusual illustrations."