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Stinky Smelly Feet: A Love Story
     

Stinky Smelly Feet: A Love Story

by Margie Palatini, Ethan Long (Illustrator)
 

Douglas is very smitten with Dolores. And Dolores is quite smitten with Douglas as well. They enjoy picnicking in the park, going to the beach, and watching movies together. But there's a problem: one of them has STINKY SMELLY FEET! The smell is enough to knock Dolores out, which can be a trifle embarrassing in public. Douglas tries everything to make his feet

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Douglas is very smitten with Dolores. And Dolores is quite smitten with Douglas as well. They enjoy picnicking in the park, going to the beach, and watching movies together. But there's a problem: one of them has STINKY SMELLY FEET! The smell is enough to knock Dolores out, which can be a trifle embarrassing in public. Douglas tries everything to make his feet smell sweeter&150a bubble bath, perfume, and powder&150but nothing works. Will this mean the end of their beautiful friendship? Bursting with kid appeal, this sweet (and stinky) romance will win the hearts of young and old.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Despite a pair of persistently malodorous webbed feet, true love predictably prevails in Palatini's (The Web Files) snippet of a tale featuring duck sweethearts Dolores and Douglas. Whenever the latter takes off his shoes, the smell overpowers Dolores-and anyone else in the vicinity. As Long (The Day My Runny Nose Ran Away) shows it in his hyperbolic art, Dolores and equally traumatized bystanders collapse on the grass in the park while a bird dons a gas mask. In a theater, the ducks' fellow moviegoers scramble for the exits. At the seaside, a lifeguard orders swimmers, "Abandon the beach!" Alas, neither bubble bath nor shower nor powder nor perfume obliterates the olfactory offense for long. Finally, sitting next to her freshly bathed beau, Dolores guesses that the stench is emanating not from his feet but from the pile of shoes in his closet, and the two throw out "every last stinky pair"-only to realize that Douglas "still had stinky, smelly feet. But it did not matter. For what Douglas and Dolores had was really true love." Despite the humor in the intentional repetition, this is still a one-note joke-and one without legs. Long's broad comedy earns the bulk of the laughs. Ages 4-up. (May) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3-Ducks Douglas and Dolores are smitten with one another. Unfortunately, every time Douglas removes his shoes for a gambol in the grass, a dip in the drink, or relief from a pesky pebble, everyone near him faints-"kerplunk!"-from the sheer nastiness of his smelly feet. Soaking, powdering, and perfuming have no effect on the fowl's foul digits. Even the disposal of all his stinky shoes and a change to flip-flops fail to solve the problem. Dolores sticks by her drake, though, and remains true to him, proving that if love is not blind, at least it is tolerant. Palatini's characteristic exaggeration and outrageousness are in full swing in this goofy tale. The dialogue and narration are done in a serious tone that contrasts winningly with the gross subject matter. Long's elastic cartoon illustrations sprawl across the pages in psychedelic shades. The sickly green and yellow miasma from Douglas's feet coils across pages and noses and knocks out nearby wildlife. Despite the lack of a clear solution at the end of the tale, kids who delight in subversive humor will welcome this noisome love story.-Marge Loch-Wouters, Menasha's Public Library, WI Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Douglas Duck is very smitten with Dolores, and she is quite smitten with him. Unfortunately, whenever Douglas takes off his shoes to wiggle his toes in the grass or remove a painful pebble, Dolores falls over, "KERPLUNK!" Douglas's feet smell so awful that they give off a green cloud that downs birds and kills fish. After several attempts to wash, powder, and perfume away the stink, the infatuated duo discovers that Douglas's shoes seem to be the culprits. Getting rid of the shoes only solves the problem for a short while, though, because, in the end, it really is his feet. Happily, though, their love is stronger than his smell. Long's bright, stylized art is full of hysterical detail especially the various pop-eyed animals gassed by Douglas's feet. Palatini delivers her story with her usual sly, understated humor. Story-time audiences will delight at this offering, especially when delivered as hammily as possible. (Picture book. 3-9)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780525472018
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/11/2004
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.34(w) x 11.38(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
550L (what's this?)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Margie Palatini has written many hilarious books for young readers, including Piggie Pie!, illustrated by Howard Fine; Moosetache, illustrated by Henry Cole; and Moo Who?, illustrated by Keith Grave. Ethan Long has illustrated several picture books, including The Day My Runny Nose Ran Away, by Jason Eaton.

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