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The Great Smelling Bee (Rotten School Series #2) [NOOK Book]

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Sherman Oaks Is A Rat.

  • Sherman is so spoiled and rich that he threw away his allowance because some of the hundred-dollar bills were wrinkled!

  • He and his goody-goody friends and Nyce House are always trying to get Bernie Bridges and his Rotten House buddies into trouble.

  • Well Bernie's in big trouble now. Bernie has a dog in his room, Sherman know it -- and there are NO ...
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The Great Smelling Bee (Rotten School Series #2)

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Overview

Sherman Oaks Is A Rat.

  • Sherman is so spoiled and rich that he threw away his allowance because some of the hundred-dollar bills were wrinkled!

  • He and his goody-goody friends and Nyce House are always trying to get Bernie Bridges and his Rotten House buddies into trouble.

  • Well Bernie's in big trouble now. Bernie has a dog in his room, Sherman know it -- and there are NO PETS ALLOWED at Rotten School!

  • Bernie has to find a way to hide Gassy, his dog. But the dog stinks. Hey, why do you think they call him Gassy?
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
With a cast of characters who prefer tricks to treats, R.L. Stine kicks off the paper-over-board Rotten School series: #1 The Big Blueberry Barf-Off! and #2 The Great Smelling Bee, illus. by Trip Park (see Children's Audio below). Park's madcap cartoons of freckle-face, bespectacled narrator Bernie Bridges (aka "Big B") and his buds Belzer, Feenman and Crench combined with Stine's wacky dialogue result in a kind of Fat Albert dynamics that will make kids want to visit this boarding school again and again. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal
Gr 3-5-This second installment in the series will suit those who find merriment in bodily functions run amok. A promising preface presents befuddled Headmaster Upchuck's morning announcements, which cover the Armpit Band tryouts, a tattoo exhibition, and an explanation of a poster misprint regarding the school's spelling bee. However, the quirky charm disappears with the know-it-all narration of Bernie Bridges. The story relies on the basest of humor via Gassy, a dog with gastrointestinal problems and an affinity for Mrs. Heinie's leg, and Lippy the parrot, who squawks "BEAK me! Eat birdseed and DIE!" The fourth-grade boys at this boarding school pull mean tricks, tattle, and easily dupe both faculty and fellow students. Park's cartoon drawings in each chapter, as well as a pull-out sticker sheet, lend a MAD Magazine element that will please the intended audience who may be satisfied by this minnow of a plot awash with repetitive gross humor.-Gay Lynn Van Vleck, Henrico County Library, Glen Allen, VA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061907159
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/14/2009
  • Series: Rotten School Series , #2
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 929,101
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

R. L. Stine

R.L. Stine began his writing career at the age of nine and has been at it ever since, becoming a bestselling author several times over. Among his many groundbreaking credits are Fear Street, the first young adult horror series, and Goosebumps, the bestselling series that made Stine the #1 bestselling author in America for three years in a row. He lives with his wife in New York City.


Trip Park grew up in Ithaca, New York, and went to college at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was first drawn to advertising. He then moved to Chicago, later New York, where he joined advertising agencies and worked on kids’ favorites including Cap’n Crunch, Gatorade, Kellogg’s, and Ronald McDonald. His children’s commercials have won numerous awards. But advertising also brought something equally as rewarding. There he got to work with some of his favorite illustrators. Watching these artists create their pieces inspired Trip Park to try his hand at illustrating himself.

Trip Park has illustrated a number of children's books including Gopher Up Your Sleeve, written by Tony Johnston, Trout, Trout, Trout! (A Fish Chant) and Ant, Ant, Ant! (An Insect Chant), both written by April Pulley Sayre. He has also developed characters and helped animate commercials for Nickelodeon, The California State Fair, Lego, and many others. When Rotten School came along, the opportunity to translate to the drawing board R.L. Stine’s cast of kids was a wonderful chance to combine his love for children’s illustration with this group of rotten students. His work can be seen at www.tripparkproductions.com.

Trip lives in Charlotte, NC with his wife, Laura and four children.

Biography

Goosebumps cast a spell upon children by transforming even the most reluctant students into avid readers. Despite the fact that almost every book has a different collection of characters, the series has one common element that kids can't get enough of: the author!

However believable his plots seem to his readers, Stine insists he has never lived one of his stories. "I've never turned into a bee -- I've never been chased by a mummy or met a ghost. But many of the ideas in my books are suggested by real life. For example, one Halloween my son, Matt, put a mask on and then had trouble pulling it off. That gave me the idea for The Haunted Mask."

Although he never experienced terror first hand, he did enjoy reading about it. "When I was a kid, there were these great comic books called Tales From The Crypt and The Vault of Horror. They were gruesome. I discovered them in the barbershop and thought they were fabulous. I used to get a haircut every Saturday so I wouldn't miss any of these comic books. I had no hair at all when I was a kid!"

His ideas came from two sources: his memory and his imagination. "When I write, I try to think back to what I was afraid of or what was scary to me, and try to put those feelings into books." He also keeps a tribal mask and a skeleton hanging in his writing studio to provide eerie surroundings. Although he handles the writing by himself, Stine says he gets "lots of help from my editors, my readers, and my friends."

Kids reading Goosebumps may be looking for a scare, but the laughs they get are no accident. Before he was R. L., he was Jovial Bob, author of such works as 101 Silly Monster Jokes, and Bozos on Patrol and editor of Bananas magazine. His ability to know what kids will laugh at , as well as what will frighten them, makes the Goosebumps series all the more enjoyable for his readers.

Stine started writing when he was 9 years old! He would write stories and jokes on an old typewriter and hand them out at school. "The teacher would grab them and take them away," Stine says, "but I kept doing it." He wrote for his high school newspaper in Columbus Ohio. After graduating from Ohio State University, he moved to New York City, where he worked on a variety of writing jobs.

Although his books are fun and exciting, writing them is serious stuff. He treats writing "...like a job." To unwind after work he enjoys playing the pinball machine conveniently located in his own apartment.

For aspiring authors, Stine feels reading is as important as writing. He offers this advice: "If you want to be a writer, don't worry so much about writing. Read as much as you can. Read as many different writers as you can. Soak up the styles. You can learn all kinds of ways to say things." As a boy he read Norse legends, Greek myths, Edgar Allan Poe and baseball stories. "And Mad Magazine changed my life." Author biography courtesy of Scholastic, Inc.

Good To Know

In our interview with Stine, he shared some fun and fascinating facts with us:

"My first job in New York was making up fake interviews with movie and TV stars for a group of six movie magazines. I never spoke to the stars I wrote about. I wrote three-to-four "interviews" a day, all out of my imagination."

"'I've written over 300 books but I never learned to type. I use only one finger, the pointer on my left hand -- that's all. Three hundred books on one finger! The finger is very ugly now -- completely bent and curled and callused. When I show it to audiences, they can't believe it! This is my sacrifice for my art!"

"Sometimes kids show up at my country house and ask if my son Matt can come out and play. That's because they saw him mentioned in the back of my books. But they're very disappointed when he comes to the door -- because Matt is in his mid-twenties now! They were reading very old books! Matt is a musician, composer, and sound designer. You can hear his music at my web site, www.rlstine.com."

"I hope my readers get a chance to see my 4-D movie, R. L. Stine's Haunted Lighthouse. The movie stars Christopher Lloyd, Michael McKean, Lea Thompson, Weird Al, and others. You can find it playing at four parks: SeaWorld San Antonio, SeaWorld San Diego, Busch Gardens Tampa, and Busch Gardens Williamsburg, Virginia. Watch out -- you might get very wet!"

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    1. Also Known As:
      Robert Lawrence Stine; Jovial Bob Stine
    2. Hometown:
      New York, New York
    1. Date of Birth:
      October 8, 1943
    2. Place of Birth:
      Columbus, Ohio
    1. Education:
      B.A., Ohio State University, 1965
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  • Posted May 31, 2010

    Great books-

    These are great books for boys. My son is not much of a reader but he really liked this series- it was perfect for boys, funny, stinky, weird and entertaining. This is the story of a boarding house and the way Bernie gets himself into mischief. You will laugh out loud at the things that happen. If you have a son, you must invest in these books- they will love them and you will be happy that they are reading. There are many to choose from but they are all good, I highly recommend these books.

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  • Posted July 2, 2009

    Fun book for boys!

    My son liked the (Rotten School Series)the characters have a sense of humor boys like.If you have a son about 7-9 that just likes superheros and G.I Joe books, and you want them to read somthing other then war of good vs evil then try this series out.My son is 7 and soon will be 8 and I was having a hard time finding somthing he would read, and then I bought Great Smelling Bee and I hired my son laugh and I know I fond the right series!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2009

    Boys Favorites

    Very good series for boys. My son is in the middle of book 4 now.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2007

    rOTTEN sCHOOL

    To me this book is fantastic!i love to laugh when the funny parts .I recommend this book to any reader that loves scaery and very funny books. R.L.Stine is a wonderful kids writer.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2006

    Great Smelling Bee

    'My parents sent this box?' That was Bernie Bridges first words when he found out who the huge box was from. Bernie lives in a dorm house because he go's to a boarding school. But theres a magior rule theres no pets allowed. Bernie and his friends bust open the box and to his suprize its his pets from home. Now he has to try not to get caught with them. When he opens the box, he finds his dog and parrot from home. All his friends tell him he's going to get caught. That's when Mrs. Heinie comes in the room and sees the bird first then the dog on the bed. Bernie spoke up and said that they were fake. And she belived him because she was almost blind. But after awhile she starts snooping around so she can find out whats going on. If you like to read about people tricking others so they can do what they want, then Rotten School is the book for you. See how far Bernie will go to make sure he can keep his pets.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2012

    Hey its me again!

    Ibwish they were longer only 61 pages of the first book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2012

    Awesome kong a.k.a kharma

    This book was so interesting to my son he likes the series he started at school then he told me he had read this great book called blueberry barf oof by r.l. stine also so if your kids like books like this check out the series

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  • Posted October 5, 2011

    Awesome

    It was not the best but it was very good.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Fantastic book for all ages

    This one was extremely funny in my opinion it kept in my seat from beginning to end, and well you must buy it, if you're an adult it may not amuse you as a child is with this book, but in a kids point of view, VOILA!

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