Smashy Town (Hardcover)

By Andrea Zimmerman, Dan Yaccarino (Illustrator), David Clemesha

HarperCollins, 9780062910370, 32pp.

Publication Date: May 19, 2020

List Price: 17.99*
* Individual store prices may vary.


Fans of Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site and I Stink! will love this rhythmic and lively picture book from the popular creators of Trashy Town.

With a turn of his crane and a swing of his wrecking ball, Mr. Gilly knocks down the old buildings. He smashes through brick and wood. He crashes through stone and glass. Then, with a push from his bulldozer, Mr. Gilly cleans it all up to make room for something brand-new!

Featuring lively text from Andrea Zimmerman and David Clemesha and dynamic art from acclaimed illustrator Dan Yaccarino, Smashy Town is a bouncy read-aloud that will delight young vehicle lovers.

About the Author

Andrea Zimmerman received a degree in fine arts for children from California State University at Los Angeles and a graduate degree from the UCLA dental school.

Dan Yaccarino is an internationally acclaimed author-illustrator with more than thirty children’s books to his credit, including I Am a Story, Five Little Pumpkins, Five Little Bunnies, Trashy Town, and Giant Tess. He also created and produced Nickelodeon’s Oswald and is the character designer behind The Backyardigans. You can visit him at

David Clemesha received his B.A. degree from UCLA and his M.A. degree from San Diego State University. Andrea Zimmerman and David Clemesha are co-authors of My Dog Toby, The Cow Buzzed, and Trashy Town, which was an ALA Notable Book. They are married and live in San Diego, California, with their three sons.

Praise For Smashy Town

The simplicity of the art and jaunty read-aloud potential of the text guarantees this both a lapsit success and a storytime favorite.
Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

[M]ade to be read aloud and will help the youngest readers channel their overabundant energy in a controlled, maybe even productive, manner.

This rollicking book will bring the house down.
— Horn Book Magazine

A delightful follow-up that can find a spot in any “Things That Go” collections, perfect for fans of construction stories and Trashy Town.
— School Library Journal

SMASHY TOWN is a delightful hit for young readers, particularly avid construction vehicle fans. From the rhythmic text to the fun details, this is a book with high appeal for toddlers/preschoolers.

Bold illustrations and well-paced rhymes are sure to delight fans of Trashy Town in this praiseworthy follow up for construction fans of all ages.
— Jill Burget-Ragase, Blue Manatee Literary Project (Cincinnati, OH)