Good, the Bad and the Smelly: Adventures of Uncle Stinky

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Uncle Stinky is a superhero with a heart of gold-and a stink to high heaven! And it's a good thing that a superhero lives in the little town of Hootenholler, because there's always someone who needs saving from the Dreadful Plague of Embarrassment. But despite smelling like onions and old fish, Stinky saves the day in this uproarious blend of text and comic book-style illustrations.

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Overview

Uncle Stinky is a superhero with a heart of gold-and a stink to high heaven! And it's a good thing that a superhero lives in the little town of Hootenholler, because there's always someone who needs saving from the Dreadful Plague of Embarrassment. But despite smelling like onions and old fish, Stinky saves the day in this uproarious blend of text and comic book-style illustrations.

   • Debut adventure in a stinky new series.
   • Kids can enter the "We're All a Little Stinky . . . but We Can Make a Difference Campaign" at www.chrisrumble.com

Appropriately named Uncle Stinky, his pickle sidekick, and his two nephews save the town of Hootenholler from a really big blue dog and a plague of embarrassment.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Rumble kicks off the Adventures of Uncle Stinky series with this scattered, daft story of a man who "smells like old fish and onions" and hails from the city of Hootenholler. Copiously illustrated with amateurish cartoons, the book is narrated by Zack, the smelly fellow's nephew, who laments the fact that his aspiring do-gooder uncle has a less-than-exemplary sidekick in Pickle ("he deserves better company than a kosher dill"). So Zack (with clothespin clipped to his nose) volunteers himself and his baby brother to take over as sidekicks. Cautioning readers that "You're gonna need this if you're gonna join our adventures!" Zack, using a chart of various nose types, offers advice on selecting an appropriate clothespin. Then "It's Story Time with Uncle Stinky!" brings a ridiculous yarn about an enormous, bumbling blue dog. The pace hardly picks up as Uncle Stinky helps the balding Mayor Naise disguise his bad comb-over by covering his scalp with worms meant to resemble hair; and then sets off a string of calamities when the odiferous hero yanks up a woman's falling-down pants, giving her a "bit of a wedgie." As an incongruent closure to this inanity, the author awards two sisters (pictured in a photo) as "Honorary Sidekicks!" for helping out with a class of children with special needs. It's difficult to imagine where this series is headed, but it's unlikely that many readers will follow on to Stink Trek, due this fall. Ages 7-11. (May) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Capturing the look, but not the inventiveness, of "Captain Underpants," this chaotic riff features a richly redolent do-gooder who acquires two young sidekicks, reads a tale (reproduced with blurbs, title page, and all) in which a certain thinly disguised, hyper-friendly dinosaur comes to a violent end, then acts to save several local citizens from slipping pants or some other public embarrassment. Patchy execution sinks these potentially promising ideas, however. Rumble opens with a clumsily written ballad (sung, it may sound better), leaves plotlines unresolved, never reconciles Uncle Stinky's social conscience with his apparent obliviousness to the effects of his "onions and old fish" odor, and, less focused on the characters than their Good Deeds, draws them as generic figures in confusing, overcrowded cartoon panels. Furthermore, many of those panels are oriented at right angles to the swatches of text, requiring a continual turning back and forth that makes the stories even harder to follow. Children may give this well-meaning effort a once-over, but it's unlikely to give either their funny bones or their spirits more than a light brush. (Fiction. 7-9)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781582461229
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 5/28/2004
  • Series: The Adventures of Uncle Stinky Series
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 694,201
  • Age range: 6 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.61 (w) x 7.53 (h) x 0.32 (d)

Meet the Author

CHRIS RUMBLE is a writer, artist, musician, and leader of the "We Can Make a Difference " network. He also visits schools as the Reading Guitar Man. Chris lives outside Atlanta, Georgia.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2004

    Hooray for Uncle Stinky!!

    Hooray for Uncle Stinky! He's a genuine, down to earth hero (even if he is smelly) whose mission in life is protecting the citizens of Hootenholler from danger. With his trusty sidekicks, he's always on the lookout for trouble and is always ready to take it on. The humor in this book will make adults, as well as kids, laugh out loud. I love the illustrations! Be sure to read all the copy in them or you'll miss some gems. The 'love your neighbor' message is plain to see and the stories are great fun.

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