Children's Literature - Quinby Frank
Readers will welcome the return of Judy Moody's younger brother, Stink, in his own popular series. This book is a positive orgy of stinkdom, and a treat for smelly-obsessed second and third graders. When Mrs. D's second grade class plans a visit to the "Gross-Me-Out" exhibit at the science museum, it is Stink's fantasy field trip and he can't wait! With his buddies Webster and Sophie of the Elves in attendance, Stink emerges as class hero as a result of his amazing ability to detect odors. When one of the judges of the Stinky Sneaker contest gets sick, Stink is chosen to take his place and, luckily, picks friend Sophie's sneakers as the winners of the Golden Clothespin Award. Amusing cartoon illustrations, large type with plenty of white space, and much repetition of the words "stink" and "smelly" in all their possible configurations gear this book to newly emerging readers, especially to fans of Horrible Harry and Marvin Redpost. A wealth of sometimes bizarre information about smells is included. Who knew that there's a special person who smells things before they go on space ships to eliminate anything too stinky? Teddy bears are out. Parents beware: Stink may inspire an epidemic of spin-off smelly sneaker contests. This book will not stay on the store shelves long.
School Library Journal
Gr 1-3 - Stink Moody, Judy's little brother, is sure he can win the Super-Stinky Sneaker Contest because he has such a supersensitive nose. When his class goes to the Gross-Me-Out exhibit at the science museum, the second grader is able to identify every smell in the Everybody Stinks exhibit, from bad breath to "B.O." This ability really impresses his classmates. He becomes "Mr. Nose-it-all," and he hopes one day to smell a corpse flower, which has the worst odor in the entire world. When cancellation of the contest is threatened because one of the judges is sick, Stink's teacher comes up with a unique way to save the day, but it would mean that Stink would have to give up becoming a contestant. Stink is a delightful protagonist, comical and bright, and McDonald cleverly imparts information on smells. The characters ring true. The early chapter-book format is inviting, with lots of white space, occasional illustrations, and a vocabulary that stretches but doesn't strain young readers. A funny book worthy of being added to almost any collection.-Elaine Lesh Morgan, Multnomah County Library, Portland, ORCopyright 2007 Reed Business Information
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"At the museum, kids were calling me The Nose," said Stink, tapping his right nostril. "I found out today that I can smell stuff really, really great, better than anybody in my whole class. Sophie says I smell better than a dog."
"I should hope so!" said Mom. Mom and Judy cracked up.
"Woof!" said Stink.
"And here I thought you just had a nose for trouble," said Mom.
"Laugh all you want," said Stink. "But this nose could make me famous."
"My elbow’s famous," said Judy, holding up the elbow that once starred in a picture in the newspaper.
"No, I mean it. When I grow up, I’m going to do something great with this nose," said Stink. "You can’t waste a nose like this." He admired himself in the mirror, turning his head from left to right and studying The Nose, his best feature.