HarperCollins Down in the Dumps #1 The Mystery Box
HarperCollins Down in the Dumps #1 The Mystery Box

Down in the Dumps #1 The Mystery Box

By Wes Hargis


Publication Date: September 13, 2022

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Ages 6 to 10, Grades 1 to 5

THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS meets the GARBAGE PAIL KIDS in THE MYSTERY BOX, the first of four books in the hilarious, new, highly illustrated early chapter book series DOWN IN THE DUMPS, about three unlikely friends—a rotten banana, a broken tea pot, and a crusty blob of gunk—and their adventures together in the local town landfill. 

Time to take out the trash! There isn’t a better, more beautiful home for a mushy, moldy banana than the Westerfield Waste Transfer and Recycling Center! Nana loves living at the dump! She welcomes every new piece of trash when it comes trucking in with a hardy hug and happy hello. But when a Teddy Tedd Ted doll still perfectly wrapped in his gift box arrives, Nana realizes that not everyone is ready to be thrown away. Will Nana and her friends be able to navigate the many dangers of the dump to help Teddy Tedd Ted find his way home?THE MYSTERY BOX is the first book in the hilarious new chapter book series DOWN IN THE DUMPS from beloved author-illustrator Wes Hargis. It’ll have even the most reluctant readers taking out the trash for more adventures!

About the Author

Wes Hargis wanted to be a professional dirt miner when he grew up. Unstable market prices for dirt led him to pursue his second love, and he has been an illustrator for more than twenty years. Mr. Hargis lives with his family (and his dirt) in Arizona.

Format: Paperback

Length: 96 pages

Publisher: HarperCollins

Publication Date: September 13, 2022

ISBN: 9780062910127

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