by Mike Austin
Beach Lane Books, 2014. picture book
The yard is full of junk; old cars, boats, buses and much more. It is not a nice place to be but don't worry. The Munching Machines are on the job. They munch up all the junk, plant trees and flowers, and make a wonderful play park. Austin's text is bouncy and all in rhyme, but the funnest part of this book is the illustrations. The Munching Machines are very friendly looking robots that seem to be having a great time crunching everything in sight. The new park they create is full of bright colors and smiley face flowers. This is a great book for young robot lovers that doesn't involve fighting or violence. The message about the hope of land reclamation is just an added bonus.