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Life on Gull Island is an almost idyllic for a community of raccoons. The island's dump has no shortage of delicious trash thrown out by the local human population and it has allowed the ringtails to thrive in luxury. All this changes when a new pair of garbage men take over the island's routes, proving to be far more efficient and hardworking than their predecessors. Faced with the prospect of losing easy access to their foodstuffs, the furry bandits embark on a plan to get back their easy lives by stealing the island's garbage.

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Life on Gull Island is an almost idyllic for a community of raccoons. The island's dump has no shortage of delicious trash thrown out by the local wasteful human population and it has allowed population, allowing the ringtails to thrive in luxury. All this changes when a new pair of garbage men take over the island's routes, proving to be new garbage collectors prove far more efficient and hardworking than their predecessors. predecessors, leaving not a scrap behind. Faced with the prospect of losing easy access to their foodstuffs, the furry bandits raccoons put together a BadassCrew and embark on a plan to get back their easy lives by stealing hijacking the island's garbage.
trash truck and going on a wild midnight trash run to claim the spoils for themselves.


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* BadassCrew: Each member of the Daring Dozen is the leading expert in a particular skill: Big Ben is the strongest raccoon on the island, Sailor Bill knows how to read street maps, while Greasy Gene lives above a garage and is familiar with mechanical devices. Get them together and they work like a single unit.


* DoNotDoThisCoolThing: When the younger raccoons do the match-lighting test, it's noted that two of the kits have been warned by their parents never to play with matches. Subsequently they fail the test because they're afraid of them. The kits who were taught by their parents how to safely handle matches pass the test.


* AnimatedAdaptation: Was made into a thirty minute episode for CBS Storytime.

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* AnimatedAdaptation: Was made into a thirty minute episode for CBS ''CBS Storytime.''


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* CantHoldHisLiquor: Some of the raccoons get tipsy when celebrating the successful heist. The narrative can't help but wag a gentle finger for the benefit of its young readers to remind them that drinking a little is okay, but getting completely ripped is embarrassing and disgraceful.


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* CoolLoser: Joshua is much smaller than other kits his age and gets left out of their games. The skills he learns while amusing himself alone prove invaluable to the Caper.


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* DoNotDoThisCoolThing: When the younger raccoons do the match-lighting test, it's noted that two of the kits have been warned by their parents never to play with matches. Subsequently they fail the test because they're afraid of them. The kits who were taught by their parents how to safely handle matches pass the test.


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* FoodPorn: The description of the generous leavings the raccoons enjoy. Granted, it does lose a little appeal when you remember it's ''garbage,'' but the raccoons describe it in terms of a feast.
* GreenAesop: A rather sneaky one amid the hijinks when the Oldest Raccoon mentions that humans have become more environmentally aware and are looking for new ways to dispose of their trash, including turning it into fuel, meaning that the raccoons might still have to fend for themselves in the future.


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* PickyEater: Having been raised on human food, the kits of the island refuse to switch to natural fare.

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* AnimatedAdaptation: Was made into a thirty minute episode for CBS Storytime.


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* CivilizedAnimal: More pronounced in the AnimatedAdaptation which have the principle characters some clothing. In the original, no real mention is made of the raccoons adopting human habits or inventions, but much is made of them having favorite bits of trash they like to eat. This is actually part of what makes going back to foraging so distasteful.


* ArcWords: Much is made of the fact that humans and raccoons share having opposable thumbs and with the heist team even using the thumbs-up gesture to psyche themselves up and remind themselves they're capable of pulling the scheme off.

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* ArcWords: ArcSymbol: Arc Gesture? Much is made of the fact that humans and raccoons share having opposable thumbs and with thumbs. Thus it is that the "thumbs up" hand gesture is given any time any member of the heist team even using begins to doubt their ability to carry out the thumbs-up gesture to psyche themselves up and remind themselves they're plan. A reminder of how capable of pulling the scheme off.they are as a species.

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* TheFamine: When first cut off from the dump, this is the initial fear of the community. Subverted in that the raccoons still all possess the necessary skills needed to forage and live off the land, so none will starve, but as human trash is much more abundant and what they're used to, this is seen as a distasteful choice. Especially since it implies the raccoons aren't smart enough to access the better choice.

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* AvengersAssemble: Most of the heist team is hand picked by The Oldest Raccoon, with small blurbs given to a few members such as Big Ben and Fat Franky's status within the community.


* TheCaper: Central to the plot is the raccoons' plan to steal the capture the garbage truck and use it to steal Gull Island's supply of trash.

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* TheCaper: Central to the plot is the raccoons' plan to steal the capture hijack the garbage truck and use it to steal Gull Island's usable supply of trash.

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* SlidingScaleOfAnimalCast: Type 3. The raccoons take center stage for most of the book, with the humans mostly just going about their business. Justified because the raccoons are trying to operate without the humans knowing what's going on.

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[[caption-width-right:350:Trash Day is a very dangerous day.]]


A children's novel written by Timothy Foote, the book was also adapted by ''Creator/HannaBarbara'' into an episode for CBS Storybreak.

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A children's novel written by Timothy Foote, the book was also adapted by ''Creator/HannaBarbara'' ''Creator/HannaBarbera'' into an episode for CBS Storybreak.

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* ArcWords: Much is made of the fact that humans and raccoons share having opposable thumbs and with the heist team even using the thumbs-up gesture to psyche themselves up and remind themselves they're capable of pulling the scheme off.


* TitleDrop: ''The Great Ringtail Garbage Caper'' is literally the raccoons give their plan.

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* TitleDrop: ''The Great Ringtail Garbage Caper'' is literally the name the raccoons give their plan.


* {Xenofiction}: While we occasionally get to see the plot from the point of view of the garbage men, the bulk of the book is seen through the eyes of wild raccoons, albeit ones who have become acclimated to living near humans.

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* {Xenofiction}: {{Xenofiction}}: While we occasionally get to see the plot from the point of view of the garbage men, the bulk of the book is seen through the eyes of wild raccoons, albeit ones who have become acclimated to living near humans.


* Xenofiction: While we occasionally get to see the plot from the point of view of the garbage men, the bulk of the book is seen through the eyes of wild raccoons, albeit ones who have become acclimated to living near humans.

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* Xenofiction: {Xenofiction}: While we occasionally get to see the plot from the point of view of the garbage men, the bulk of the book is seen through the eyes of wild raccoons, albeit ones who have become acclimated to living near humans.

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