Stink and the Freaky Frog Freakout (Book #8)

Stink and the Freaky Frog Freakout (Book #8)

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by Megan McDonald, Peter H. Reynolds
     
 

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Croak! Squeenk! Ribbet! After a close encounter with a mutant amphibian makes him freaky for frogs, water-shy Stink becomes a swimming success. Stink may be super smart, and Stink may be uber clever, but he’s been in the Polliwog swim class frog-ever and he still can’t bear to put his face in the water. Why would he want a geyser up his nose, on purpose?… See more details below

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Croak! Squeenk! Ribbet! After a close encounter with a mutant amphibian makes him freaky for frogs, water-shy Stink becomes a swimming success. Stink may be super smart, and Stink may be uber clever, but he’s been in the Polliwog swim class frog-ever and he still can’t bear to put his face in the water. Why would he want a geyser up his nose, on purpose? But then something weird happens: Stink starts to see frogs everywhere — in the locker room, in his boot, in the bathtub. And when a freaky blue frog licks his arm, his froggy senses start tingling! He has an urge to slurp up raisins (that look like flies). He can’t wait to play in the rain and mud. He’s a wiz at identifying frog calls. And he has become very interested in the local frog population. Could it be that Stink is turning into . . . the amazing Stink-Frog, fighter of slime? Pree-eep! Craw-awk!

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Enid Portnoy
Here is another fun story in the "Stink "series by McDonald, where Judy Moody's brother Stink has to prove himself to his bossy sister, this time in the swimming pool. Better get your towel ready! It is bad enough having only a pool noodle to rely on when Stink's show-off sister plays water tricks on him. What happens when a little green frog is discovered in the boy's locker room? What a find, and what an adventure it turns out to be! Boys of all ages will get a chuckle out of seeing little frogs discovered in Stink's house, in his boots, in the garage, and in other surprising places. Stink cannot believe this is happening. McDonald places frog cartoon puzzles for young readers to guess the puzzle answers. There is an answer key on the last page of the book, but read the whole story first. Stink goes to the local nature center and learns about other water creatures before he decides to learn more about frogs with his friends. Stink begins to think like a frog and makes sounds like a frog. He gets his sister to join in the fun too. However, the big test is for Stink to learn to swim like a frog in the pool, without his noodle. Will Stink's adventures help him pass his swimming test underwater? He begins to think he is becoming a frog. What will young readers think of that? Looking at all the clever drawings of frogs by Reynolds may inspire young readers to plan their own nature explorations. If the weather or outside action does not entice readers, there are always the other books in the "Stink" series to keep young minds jumping from one frog idea to another—just like Stink. Reviewer: Enid Portnoy
Kirkus Reviews
Stink Moody, younger brother of Judy, hops into the spotlight with a common problem--and one that's a bit more unusual. Stink would like to advance in his swimming lessons, but he's afraid to put his face underwater and seems doomed to remain a Polliwog forever. Fortunately, he's distracted from that issue by the sudden appearance around town--in some surprising places--of a whole lot of real frogs, a few of which are deformed. These frogs give McDonald the opportunity to offer a little information, through the voice of a nature-center guide, on how adverse environmental conditions can influence frog development. Stink memorizes a variety of frog sounds, enabling him to participate in a frog count at a local pond. Somehow, he becomes convinced that he's turning into a frog himself, but that might just make it possible for him to swim underwater. Brief, cheery, oversized text and lot of cartoonish black-and-white illustrations (only some of which were available for review) make this a good choice for newly independent readers. A minor issue is that the text informs readers that it is early spring; even in Virginia, that's a little early for Stink to be taking swimming lessons in an outdoor pool, as indicated in the illustrations. Young readers with a fondness for amphibians will jump all over this one. (Fiction. 6-8)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780763663629
Publisher:
Candlewick Press
Publication date:
02/12/2013
Series:
Stink Series , #8
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
173,051
Lexile:
500L (what's this?)
File size:
8 MB
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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