What's That Awful Smell?

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Dog, Duck, Sheep, and the other animals are desperate to find the source of an awful smell in the barn. Finally they decide that the terrible stink is coming from a new baby piglet. The animals do everything they can to rid the pig of his odor. They cover him in hay, wash him in mud, decorate him with flowers, and rub strawberries all over him. But nothing seems to work. Maybe the smell isn't coming from Piglet after all...

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Overview

Dog, Duck, Sheep, and the other animals are desperate to find the source of an awful smell in the barn. Finally they decide that the terrible stink is coming from a new baby piglet. The animals do everything they can to rid the pig of his odor. They cover him in hay, wash him in mud, decorate him with flowers, and rub strawberries all over him. But nothing seems to work. Maybe the smell isn't coming from Piglet after all...

Warm, cheerful illustrations and a funny surprise ending make this another perfect read-aloud from the team that created Storm Is Coming!

While investigating an odor in their barn, a group of animals discovers a little piglet and engages in a variety of antics to get rid of the awful smell.

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Publishers Weekly
Another four-legged creature is suspected of an olfactory offense in What's That Awful Smell? by Heather Tekavec, illus. by Margaret Spengler. The familiar barnyard gang from Storm Is Coming finds a likely culprit lurking in the barn-a sanguine piglet. They try everything from covering it with hay to smearing it with strawberries to eliminate its odor, "but the smell didn't go away." When the animals resign themselves to abandoning their barn, only Cat can solve this mystery. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
When a sweet-faced piglet arrives in the barn the same day as an unpleasant odor, the barnyard friends approach the problem with an incorrect assumption. Spengler's soothing pastel art simultaneously conveys their dismay and hope for a solution. The bold serif type is easy on the eyes for students reading aloud. Tekavec relies mainly on animal dialogue to tell this imaginative story. The characterization is clever. With Dog as their leader, the Duck, Sheep, and Cow work together to deodorize the piglet. Their efforts fail, and they can't solve the problem, because they are missing an important piece of information. In the end, Cat enters the barnyard and reveals the true cause of the smell. Throughout the injustice, the ostracized piglet remains smiling and ingenuous of misplaced blame. It even provides the final solution with one gulp and a happy "oink." A charming layered story about preconceptions and wasted good intentions. 2004, Dial Books, Ages 4 to 8.
—Tina Dybvik
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-Holding their noses, several farm animals search the barn for the source of an offending odor. When Dog finds a piglet in a back stall, the friends try to freshen it up. Despite their best efforts-covering the porker with hay, giving it a puddle bath, sticking flowers in its ears, and rubbing it with strawberries-the smell just doesn't go away. Unable to stand the aroma, the animals reluctantly stay outside. When Cat arrives on the scene and hears about the pig, she says, "I hope it didn't eat my dinner." With great comedic timing, Cat reveals that she hid a "fat, squishy" liver, onion, and tuna fish sandwich in the back stall several days ago. The piglet gets the last laugh as it happily gets rid of both the sandwich and the smell in one big gulp. The fluid pastel artwork is filled with bright colors and gentle humor. Spengler's cartoon animals have rounded, oversized features and are hilariously expressive. Children will have great fun mimicking the creatures' reactions. A perfect storytime crowd-pleaser, this book has the sweet smell of success.-Linda Ludke, London Public Library, Ontario, Canada Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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After a terrible odor in the barn knocks back Duck, Sheep, and other sometime residents, they decide that the culprit has to be the piglet-but no matter how much they wash, fumigate, or otherwise try to freshen up the little guy, the stench remains. Spengler casts a crew of big-nosed, dot-eyed, rattled-looking livestock around a small pink pig who, by and large, seems to enjoy all the attention-and comes to the rescue when the stink turns out to be, not what you're thinking, but a liver-onion-tuna sandwich, left by the cat to mature, but now too rank for anyone to eat. Well, almost anyone. Young readers and listeners who groove on the likes of Lisa Kopelke's Excuse Me! (2003) will enjoy this nose-wrinkling barnyard romp, though most would propose an earthier punch line. (Picture book. 6-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780142405864
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 2/2/2006
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.96 (w) x 10.04 (h) x 0.10 (d)

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