I am happy to join gargoylebruce on his Oddity Odyssey.  The challenge is all about finding books that are odd FOR YOU!

I headed to our local library last week, in search of a weird picture book.  I was not disappointed when I discovered this little beauty.

Here Comes the Garbage Barge is not a title one typically finds in the Easy Reader section.

The somewhat grotesque illustrations stand out among the “sea” of kid-lit cuties.


The subject matter was undeniably yucky!  But, I decided to “dive” into its pages.


I’m guessing this book is not at the top of the most checked-out titles list.  Probably just a few Wednesday Adams-types and I took the “plunge”.


You know what they say about judging a book by its cover?  Well, it turns out this book was much “deeper” than I suspected.

The book is based on the true story of a barge called the Mobro 4000.  By the late 1980’s, Long Island’s landfills were overflowing and polluting the groundwater.  City officials outlawed burying any more garbage.  Since hauling the trash upstate was very expensive, the decision was made to ship it down South.  In March 1987, the barge left Long Island, piled high with 3,100 tons of rotting garbage, looking for a place to discharge its cargo. It traveled all the way from New York to North Carolina, Alabama, Louisiana, Texas, Mexico, and Belize, but no community wanted to let it unload. After 162 days at sea, the Garbage Barge returned to Long Island, and the trash was incinerated.  The media attention highlighted our country’s waste disposal problem, and recycling became much more widely practiced.

The moral of the story?  Don’t Make so Much Garbage, and trashy books can make a big “splash”!


Have you read any weird books lately?