For read-aloud or readers ages 4 – 8

Illustrated by Chris Bivins




When young Jo is slow to take out the garbage one evening, the garbage hauls her outside instead!

The beast talks trash and threatens mayhem, but Jo finds a resourceful way to put the monster back in his place.





  • “Delightfully written. An excellent and recommended picture book.” — Children's Bookwatch

  • “A fantastic resource for recycling education — every school and home needs a copy!”
    — Vicki Gist, Executive Director, Keep Sugar Land (
    Texas) Beautiful

  • “This is the exceptional book that manages to be playful and to carry a social message at the same time… funny and engaging.” — Small Press Review

  • “This enchanting book has a rhythm and beat sure to charm any child 4 – 10 years of age.”
    Green Teacher

I wanted to write a children's book about recycling, and I was remembering how much I disliked hauling out the trash when I was younger. That made me wonder what would happen if the kid balked and the trash took matters into its own hands.

The Garbage Monster is out of print (sorry!), but you may find a used copy on Amazon or e-Bay, and you're welcome to still download the book's Free Parents' & Teachers' Guide.