KidVid: I’m Dirty! & I Stink! from Scholastic
A new Scholastic Storybook Treasures boxed set, released June 28, has the best title ever: I’m Dirty! & I Stink!.
I’m Dirty! & I Stink! is comprised of two discs, I Stink!...and more stories on wheels,and I’m Dirty!...and more stories of adventure and science. There are twelve stories and two interviews on the two DVDs. Ever think you’d see a garbage truck that likes to eat alphabet soup? One in New York City is the star of “I Stink!,” and anyone who’s gotten close to a New York City sanitation truck knows he’s not kidding. Written by Kate McMullen, illustrated by Jim McMullan, “I Stink!” is narrated by Andy Richter. Another garbage-related story is “Trashy Town,” about a truck being joyfully filled with garbage as it makes its stops around town.
“Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel” is a classic children’s story about finding where one fits in, as Mike and his steam shovel are displaced by diesel engines. Mistaking old things for useless things is also a theme in “The Remarkable Riderless Runaway Tricycle.” When an old trike is mistaken for trash and is slated for the scrap metal pile, it takes things into its own pedals and escapes in this live action short. Two other stories on I Stink!...and more stories on wheels detail the adventures of “Arnie the Doughnut,” a sweet treat not just for eating, and “The Beast of Monsieur Racine” about a lonely man who strikes up an odd friendship.
I’m Dirty!...and more stories of adventure and science. introduces another heavy vehicle, a sassy backhoe, in “I’m Dirty!” If you’ve never seen a backhoe that’s just loaded with personality (and is extremely dirty), here’s your chance. The story is narrated by Steve Buscemi. Forest Whitaker narrates “a day in the life of a paperboy and his dog,” “The Paperboy.” Viewers ride-along, and read-along, as they cover their oh-so-familiar territory.Continued on the next page