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Colonel Trash Truck strongly believes in his mission of keeping the planet clean and green. He works tirelessly to combat the
litterbugs that throw trash where it’s not supposed to be. Along with his Clean and Green Team of garbage trucks, he wants
children to help him in his mission. Tips about cleaning up and
recycling help everyone understand how to help keep our world beautiful!

Colonel Trash Truck Reviews

An Amazon Review

Who knew trucks could be cool for kids?

Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Man “Jimmy Moore” (Spartanburg, SC)

Brilliant, absolutely brilliant, Kathleen Crawley! My niece was thrilled when I shared COLONEL TRASH TRUCK with her and I know it will instill in her a sense of pride when she hears that distinctive sound passing by her home. Outstanding illustrations that engage children and a rhythm to the rhyme makes it right on time. And, I do believe this is the first book I’ve ever read the phrase “don’t spit your loogies” in. TOO FUNNY! Children of all ages will enjoy this ode to the trash truck and teach them respect for this essential service to keeping our communities clean.

An Amazon Review

Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not. -Dr. Suess, The Lorax

Cherise Everhard (Michigan, USA)

Colonel Trash Truck is cleaning up the planet and recruiting kids into his clean and green army!

This is a rhyming book that stars a talking trash truck. He picks up the trash and along the way tells children how important it is to be clean, not just about litter and garbage, but also with their homes and bedrooms. He lets them know about the importance of recycling and how it helps to preserve our planet. This is all done with colorful pictures and rhymes that are sometimes hilarious. I read this to my son and we giggled and had a great time, he really liked the book.

This book would make a great teacher gift. When my son was in Kindergarten his teacher spent a lot of time speaking about littering and recycling, I think this book would have helped her bring the message home with a bit of humor and fun.

It is never too early to start teaching kids about respecting the planet and their things, and this book was a fun and way to do it.

Bees Knees Reads

We’ve been reading a lot of comic books lately. Here’s another fun book for 3-6 year olds with illustrations in the comic book vein: Colonel Trash Truck by Kathleen Crawley. The fun illustrations are by Manuel “Macs” Conde. Colonel Trash Truck is a big green chomping hero who teaches children the importance of cleaning up after themselves and recycling to keep our world green. It’s written in simple, easy, silly rhyme and will keep kids laughing and entertained.

Upscale Baby, Mom Blog

“Colonel Trash Truck” by Kathleen Crawley is a cute book that teaches kids about protecting the earth while entertaining them with an engaging story. Colonel Trash Truck is a colonel in the “Garbage War” and is on a mission to keep the earth clean and trash-free. He teaches kids about recycling and properly disposing of trash, and enlists young readers to help him on his mission. This book is perfect for preschoolers and young early readers. Read this one to your child if you’re concerned about teaching him about ecology and preserving our earth.

Café of Dreams, Mom Blog

What an adorably fun book! There are many places that will make children laugh out loud, while at the same time teaching them the benefits and importance of helping to keep their earth and environment clean. Colonel Trash Truck is the perfect character to make a lasting impression in young minds and the rhyming text is sure to lodge into little thoughts.

With vivid and colorful illustrations, Colonel Trash Truck will keep even the jitteriest of child content and engrossed within the story. What a perfect introduction to teaching and reiterating the importance of taking care of our world, not littering, cleaning up and passing along the word without sounding “preachy”. An excellent book to read again and again.

The Children’s and Teen’s Book Connection

Encourage your kids to become part of Colonel Trash Truck’s Clean and Green Team with this new rhyming book by Kathleen Crawley that teaches kids in a fun way about the importance of recycling.

Colonel Trash Truck travels the streets with his Clean and Green Team to help win the war on garbage. From leaves to litter, from doo to scum, Colonel Trash wants to keep the world beautiful. But he needs your help, so save the trees, recycle and reuse whenever possible.

Every parent, grandparent, care giver, Preschool or Kindergarten teacher who wants to encourage young children to “Go Green” will want to pick up a copy of Colonel Trash Truck by Kathleen Crawley. In this charming and fun rhyming book, Crawley helps youngsters realize they can do their part and it doesn’t have to be hard at all. Using children’s fascination with large trucks, the author has created a lovable character in Colonel Trash Truck–a lovable character with a mission.

The adorable and vibrant illustrations provided by Manuel Conde will catch the eyes of young readers and make them want to know more about this big, smart-looking truck. My favorite character is the litter bug, who you’ll also find gracing the back cover.

While some books for kids about recycling can be too strong in their message, Crawley weaves her message in a subtle manner with a lyrical prose that will definitely make a big impression on them.

I highly recommend this book and can’t wait until the next ones in this series come out! Rating:

Colonel Trash Truck Teaches Kids to “Live Green”

Jeff Nield, Vancouver, British Columbia

Culture & Celebrity (KIDS)

Colonel Trash Truck by Kathleen Crawley, illustrated by Manuel Conde

Teaching kids about their impact on the natural world can be tricky business. As much as I’m keen to teach my three-and-a-half year old about cradle to cradle design, shifting baselines, or sustainable food systems, he just doesn’t seem to get it. While there are some classic green books for kids there is a surprising dearth of contemporary stories for the 3-6 year-old set. Author Kathleen Crawley noticed this gap and created a character who “teaches kids the importance of recycling, throwing away garbage and protecting the environment.” Check out this video for an introduction to Colonel Trash Truck.

The Colonel’s big lesson to the kids is to keep the world clean. He urges kids to join him in picking up litter, recycling and making sure that parks and beaches remain litter-free.

Manual Conde’s vibrant illustrations help push the story along and creates memorable characters. And while Crawley’s rhymes don’t hit the level of masters like Dr. Seuss or Julia Donaldson, once you hit the rhythm after a couple of reads the story flows well. My son’s favorite page and rhyme:

The Colonel will never consider surrender To those who would want to destroy Our beautiful land, the dirt or the sand, And the parks that we like to enjoy.

Crawley has plans for more in this series which will hopefully expand the definition of “green living” for young kids. While a toddler is obviously too young to understand the fickleness of recycling markets and the intricacies of waste management, introducing them to the simple idea of “keeping the world clean” will help set them up to explore deeper concepts beyond litter and recycling.

Cool Kids Reads

Cheryl C rated it Colonel Trash Truck travels the streets with his Clean and Green Team to help win the war on garbage. From leaves to litter, from doo to scum, Colonel Trash wants to keep the world beautiful. But he needs your help, so save the trees, recycle and reuse whenever possible.

Every parent, grandparent, care giver, Preschool or Kindergarten teacher who wants to encourage young children to “Go Green” will want to pick up a copy of Colonel Trash Truck by Kathleen Crawley. In this charming and fun rhyming book, Crawley helps youngsters realize they can do their part and it doesn’t have to be hard at all. Using children’s fascination with large trucks, the author has created a lovable character in Colonel Trash Truck–a lovable character with a mission.

The adorable and vibrant illustrations provided by Manuel Conde will catch the eyes of young readers and make them want to know more about this big, smart-looking truck. My favorite character is the litter bug, who you’ll also find gracing the back cover.

While some books for kids about recycling can be too strong in their message, Crawley weaves her message in a subtle manner with a lyrical prose that will definitely make a big impression on them.

I highly recommend this book and can’t wait until the next ones in this series come out!