Smelly Bill

Smelly Bill

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by Daniel Postgate

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Bill the dog loves smelly things, like muddy ponds and rubbish bins. Will the arrival of Great Aunt Bleach put an end to his smelly ways, or will Bill live to stink another day?


Bill the dog loves smelly things, like muddy ponds and rubbish bins. Will the arrival of Great Aunt Bleach put an end to his smelly ways, or will Bill live to stink another day?

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"Bill is a wily, scraggly, snaggle-toothed mongrel who absolutely loves icky smells... The illustrations are robust with squiggly characters and awash in watercolors. Reminiscent of Mrs. Wishy-Washy, but with far more delightful rhymes, this is truly tail-wagging fun." - Kirkus Reviews
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Any kid who assiduously avoids bathtime will find a kindred spirit in Postgate's (The Richest Crocodile in the World) funny, fetid canine hero. Although Bill's human family does their best to get the pooch into the sink, "every time he'd get away/ And live to stink another day." But Bill meets his match when Great Aunt Bleach arrives to dog-sit. "Bill, you will not get away!" Bleach decrees when the pooch secrets himself in what he thinks is the ultimate, take-no-prisoners hiding place. "And, like a great, plump bird of prey,/ She swooped down to the compost bin./ And landed right on top of him!" Postgate's watercolor-and-ink cartoons pull out all the stops, providing the perfect complement to his rollicking verse. Bleach, who sports a pink beehive, harlequin glasses and polka-dot bloomers (the last revealed when she makes a Tarzan-like swing into the compost pile), is the very picture of a comically obsessed foil. Fans of all things grimy and gross will likely find themselves in fits of giggles. Ages 3-up. (Apr.)

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Children's Literature - Heather Christensen
Like Gene Zion's Harry (Harry the Dirty Dog), Bill the dog is happiest mucking about in the smelliest and dirtiest places in the neighborhood, and much to the dismay of his owners, completely uninterested in baths. When Great Aunt Bleach—a neat freak of mythic proportions—shows up, it is clear that Bill's carefree smelly days are over. The rowdy contest of wills between the queen of tidy and lord of stink leads readers on a merry chase through compost bins and scented oils, ending in a predictable but still funny reversal of roles. Postgate's rhyming narrative gallops along with few hiccups, and his bright watercolor illustrations are full of energy and humor. Storytime readers will get more than a few laughs at Aunt Bleach's pink hair and red polka dot undies. Bill is no pedigreed pup, but a mutt with a long pointed nose (for seeking out those malodorous objects), stringy brown fur, and bulging eyes. A large clean font makes for easy reading. This is a great addition to bath-themed storytimes and laptimes. Reviewer: Heather Christensen

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Whitman, Albert & Company
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Product dimensions:
9.60(w) x 9.60(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range:
3 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Daniel Postgate was born in Whitstable, Kent, and attended the Canterbury Technical College. He has worked as a chef, a painter of horse and sea scenes on old wooden boxes, a freelance cartoonist, and a picture book illustrator. His previous book for North-South was Smelly Bill.

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Smelly Bill 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great flow to story, plus it has a very silly subject. perfect for youngsters
book4children More than 1 year ago
Be prepared to laugh out loud at this stinky pooch! Smelly Bill is smart, witty, and tons of fun. The writing is fast paced and illustrative, while the pictures are unique and fun. There are just the right number of words on each page to make reading it enjoyable and interesting. Author and illustrator, Daniel Postgate, really hit a home run on this one! I would definitely recommend this book to anyone with a young child.