The Dumpster Diver (Hardcover)

By Janet S. Wong, David Roberts (Illustrator)

Candlewick, 9780763623807, 32pp.

Publication Date: February 13, 2007

List Price: 16.99*
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One person’s trash is another persons’s treasure in this vivid picture-book ode to creative recycling — and to loyal friends.

Anyone can dive for treasure in the ocean, but Steve dives for it in his neighborhood dumpster! As he delves into the trash each weekend, Steve encourages his young neighbors (aka the Diving Team) to see the potential in what other people throw away. With a little bit of imagination, trash can be transformed into treasure — and as the Diving Team soon discovers, it might even help a friend in need.

About the Author

Janet S. Wong is the author of several books and poetry collections for children, including APPLE PIE FOURTH OF JULY, HIDE & SEEK, BUZZ, and THE RAINBOW HAND: POEMS ABOUT MOTHERS AND CHILDREN. She lives in Hopewell, New Jersey.

David Roberts is the author and illustrator of the Bertie books, as well as the illustrator of the Eddie Dickens trilogy by Philip Ardagh and of the Little Red books and RAPUNZEL: A GROOVY FAIRY TALE, all by Lynn Roberts. David Roberts lives in London.

Praise For The Dumpster Diver

This will be a hit anytime, but especially around Earth Day, when it will inject new possibility into enjoinments to reduce, reuse, and recycle.
—Booklist (starred review)

This cheery episode will have young readers (those, at least, without an aversion to creepy-crawlies) thoughtfully examining the castoffs in their own neighborhood.
—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)