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A Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Book
Stinky is a monster who loves pickles and possums but is terrified of people. When a new kid enters his swamp, this adorable little monster comes up with all sorts of crazy plans to scare him away. But Stinky quickly learns to conquer his fear, as he realizes that bats, rats, and toads aren’t the only friends you can find in the swamp....
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A Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Book
Stinky is a monster who loves pickles and possums but is terrified of people. When a new kid enters his swamp, this adorable little monster comes up with all sorts of crazy plans to scare him away. But Stinky quickly learns to conquer his fear, as he realizes that bats, rats, and toads aren’t the only friends you can find in the swamp.
This hilarious and heart-warming story by ferociously talented newcomer Eleanor Davis proves that even monsters can make new friends…warts and all!
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Kathie M. Josephs
On the first page the reader is introduced to Wartbelly, a huge toad. With names like Stinky and Wartbelly, I knew this book would be fun to read. Stinky is a swamp monster and loves rats, pickled onions, and mud…squishy mud. Very happy in his own world, he is suddenly afraid because a little boy has come into the swamp. Stinky does not like kids because they are so different from him. He cannot imagine liking to take a bath. Stinky tries different tactics to scare the little boy away. Each chapter contains information on a new way to get rid of the boy, and fortunately each one fails. He realizes that this boy likes the same things he does. The two finally realize they both need a friend and they seem to be a perfect match. The illustrations are fantastic and add much to the story! This graphic novel is a great way to introduce young children to a chapter book as well as providing an underlying message that it is okay to be friends with someone who looks different. "Don't judge a book by its cover" comes to my mind. Any book written in graphic format is a favorite of mine. Graphic novels are perfect for reluctant readers and students who never seem to finish a book on their own. Young adults who want to read anything they can get their hands on will enjoy the graphics, and fast paced text. The full-color graphics support and expand the story extremely well. Vocabulary has been well selected and this book is an excellent choice for reading aloud. Reviewer: Kathie M. Josephs
School Library Journal

K-Gr 2

Stinky the monster is content in the smelly swamp that he shares with his pet toad and other friendly animals until a boy from the nearby town wanders into the area. Stinky is afraid of kids because they are so different from him. They like to take baths and eat apples and candy while he loves mud and pickled onions. When he tries to scare the boy away, he discovers that the boy is also fond of toads and enjoys exploring the "muckiest" part of the swamp, and the two become friends. The charming cartoon artwork, full of humorous details, complements the text, and the muted color scheme makes Stinky endearing rather than scary. The simple vocabulary and repetition of words make the text accessible for emergent readers, who will love the graphic-novel format. The engaging plot shows young readers that it's possible to make friends with those who may seem very different from themselves.-Mari Pongkhamsing, St. Perpetua School, Lafayette, CA

Kirkus Reviews
Deep in the swamp dwells Stinky, a purple, spotted monster with horns and a hedgehog 'do. Stinky lives up to his name, and the swamp is the perfect place for him: "I love the mushy, mucky mud. / I love the slimy slugs. / And I love the stinky smell! / (SNIFF) AHHHH . . . " But on the other side of the swamp is the town, which is full of children, who "like to take baths!" When a little boy builds a treehouse in Stinky's swamp, he tries everything he can think of to drive the disgustingly clean creature out-until he discovers that this particular child is definitely a kindred spirit. This entry in the TOON line of comic-book early readers features agreeably distinct, faintly retro graphics in a crystal-clear sequential layout dotted with carefully placed environmental print and sound effects ("BLORP, BLORP") to complement the speech balloons. The winning story carries itself on spunk and a controlled vocabulary that combines judiciously chosen sight words (onion, gross) with easily sounded-out words (slimy slugs!) that will have emerging readers in stitches. (Early reader. 4-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780979923845
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 8/15/2008
  • Series: Toon Series
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 465,581
  • Age range: 6 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: GN170L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.25 (w) x 9.31 (h) x 0.39 (d)

Meet the Author

Eleanor Davis grew up in Tucson, Arizona. Instead of going out in the hot sun to play and make friends, she stayed alone in her room, drawing. Now she’s widely praised as one of the coolest new artists on the comics scene. Eleanor started Stinky, her first published book, while still a student at Savannah College of Art and Design. She currently lives in Athens, Georgia, with her husband (who is also a cartoonist) and three cats (who are not).
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  • Posted October 27, 2009

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    Wonderful Children's book

    The artwork is beautiful and very characteristic of Elanor's style. This is a great story to read to children and have them read back to you. It is filled with fantastic and detailed illustrations. Every school library should have a copy.

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  • Posted January 22, 2009

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    Reviewed by Jennifer Wardrip aka "The Genius" for Kids @

    Stinky Seymour is a monster who lives in the swamp. The dirty, mucky, smelly, gooey swamp. He lives with his pet toad, Wartbelly, and really loves his pickled onions. <BR/><BR/>What he doesn't love is the town on the other side of the swamp, because towns have - kids! Kids like to eat apples (yuck!) and take baths (double yuck!), and they don't like his dirty, mucky, smelly, gooey swamp. <BR/><BR/>And that's just the way Stinky likes it. <BR/><BR/>But then Nick, a new kid from the town, builds a tree house in Stinky's swamp. Stinky is not about to let this go on, so he hatches a plan that will get the kid out of his swamp. <BR/><BR/>What follows is a fun adventure where Stinky and Nick both learn a thing or two - Stinky about the type of kids who love swamps, and toads, and ghosts, and Nick about making new friends. <BR/><BR/>The Raw Junior books are a wonderful introduction to graphic novels for kids, and STINKY is a great addition to the line. The full-color illustrations fit perfectly with the story, and the text is simple enough for younger readers to read on their own or with a parent. A really fun book!

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