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Stinky: Toon Books Level 2
     

Stinky: Toon Books Level 2

by Eleanor Davis (Illustrator)
 

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A Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Book.

Stinky is a monster who loves pickles and possums but is terrified of people. This hilarious and heartwarming story by ferociously talented cartoonist Eleanor Davis proves that even monsters can make new friends . . . warts and all!

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A Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Book.

Stinky is a monster who loves pickles and possums but is terrified of people. This hilarious and heartwarming story by ferociously talented cartoonist Eleanor Davis proves that even monsters can make new friends . . . warts and all!

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)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780979923845
Publisher:
TOON Books
Publication date:
08/15/2008
Series:
Toon Series
Pages:
40
Sales rank:
466,008
Product dimensions:
6.25(w) x 9.31(h) x 0.39(d)
Lexile:
GN170L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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. She started working on Stinky, her first published children’s book, while still a student at the Savannah College of Art and Design. Now, only 25 years old, she’s widely praised as one of the coolest artists on the new comics scene. She lives in Athens, Georgia, with her boyfriend (who is also a cartoonist) and three cats (who are not).

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