The Dump Man's Treasures
By Lynn Plourde
Illustrated by Mary Beth Owens
Down East 2008
A book gifted to our bookshelves
The story: Mr. Pottle is the man who runs the town dump and is called the dump man by the residents. Mr. Pottle loves retrieving things from the trash, especially discarded books. He gives the book to the local children and senior citizens. One day, the dump is closed and Mr. Pottle is nowhere to be found. The children know that something is wrong and set out to figure out what has happened to their beloved dump man, discovering a big secret in the process.
Mama opines: This book makes me cry a little every single time that we read it. Mr. Pottle is a character to adore and I love what this book says about community, about helping others, and about the magic of reading. The illustrations are lovely and there is so much for kids to look at on each page. It's a beautiful story that deserves a place on your bookshelf.
Thoughts from David: Because it’s very interesting because nobody knows that I know about the dump man’s treasures.
Favorite: My favorite part is when, at the end, the cat is on the table and the dump man is reading a book with a kid.