Retro Reads – Garbage Pail Kids

Were you into the Garbage Pail Kids trading cards when you were a kid?

Perhaps you knew them as The Garbage Gang? This was their name in Australia.

If so, then prepare to get very nostalgic.

R.L. Stine, the amazing and prolific author of the Goosebumps series (still very popular now even though I remember when they were brand new) is bringing them back with a new book series.

Link to Catalogue record for Welcome to Smellville

Welcome to Smellville (Garbage Pail Kids #1) – R.L.Stine

Meet the Garbage Pail Kids — Adam Bomb, Babbling Brooke, Brainy Janey, Cranky Frankie, Handy Sandy, Junkfood John, Luke Puke, Nervous Rex, Rob Slob, and Wacky Jackie. You may think they’re gross and weird and slobby and strange, but they’re not bad kids — they just don’t know any better. Even though they all live together in one big tumbledown house and have as much fun as they can while trying to survive Smellville Middle School, they are pretty “normal” kids. Except when compared to Peter and Patty Perfect, who are just, well… perfect. (Perfectly annoying, that is.) When the Perfects’ mom and dad, Penny and Parker Perfect, show up to prove the Garbage Pail Kids are living without any parents, the kids need to act fast. Will they be able to find their own pair of perfect parents in time?

Link to Catalogue record for Thrills and Chills

Thrills and Chills (Garbage Pail Kids #2) – R.L.Stine

The Garbage Pail Kids are desperate to win the Smellville Pet Contest. But how can they compete against Good Boy, the perfect Chihuahua of the Perfect twins? Good Boy can stand on his head and do algebra problems blindfolded. But the whole thing goes out of control when our heroes meet five new kids who also call themselves the Garbage Pail Kids! Meet Windy Winston, Nat Nerd, Brett Sweat, Nasty Nancy, and Disgustin’ Justin. They all share the grand prize-a free all-day trip to Six Thrills Amusement Park. Will anyone have a good time? And will anyone survive?

I was never really into the cards, I was a bit young and cards were really never my thing (I completely missed the Pokemon thing each time) but some other people from the library were:

Michaela –

My friends and I collected them – we thought they were hilarious (and a bit stomach-turning!) and we’d never seen anything like them before. Part of it was because we were the age group that adored Cabbage Patch Kids as children, so we enjoyed the parody of those dolls.

Pieter –

I remember them, but they weirded me out. So I wasn’t into them 🙂