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Smelly Bill: Love Stinks

Smelly Bill: Love Stinks

by Daniel Postgate

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Smelly Bill is back, and he's as SMELLY as ever... but now he's in love! Can Bill win the affections of a perfectly preened pup without cleaning up his act?


Smelly Bill is back, and he's as SMELLY as ever... but now he's in love! Can Bill win the affections of a perfectly preened pup without cleaning up his act?

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Publishers Weekly
In his second outing, Smelly Bill falls head over paws for Peach the poodle. When her disapproving owner, Great Aunt Bleach, cries "Go on, shoo!/ My Peach is far too good for you!" Bill is determined to change his habits. But a disaster at the dog show gives him a chance to save Peach and prove his worth. Postgate's humorous rhymes, well-matched by his lively cartoons, bring Bill and his fellow characters to life--thankfully, without the stink. Ages 3-7. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
When grungy dog Bill, digging in the rubbish bins, sees perky white poodle Peachy Snugglekins walk by, he immediately falls in love. Jolly rhymes describe his attempts at courtship. Her owner, Great Aunt Bleach, shoos Bill away immediately. "My Peach is far too good for you!" she hollers. That night poor Bill howls at the moon. The next day his family is surprised to see him beg for a bath. At the dog parade that day, Bill looks shockingly different. He no longer smells, but looks "like a walking toilet brush!" He walks away in dismay. But a giant hound arrives to chase all the dogs, particularly poor Peach, who falls into a bog. Bill manages a rescue, and ends a hero. In a jacket/cover portrait, the smiling pooch holds a rose in his mouth. The hairy letters that spell the title add to the comic adventure inside. In his sketchy, wildly comic style Postgate's imagination creates an appropriate cast with just enough props to supplement the fun. For the finale, the two pups, with Great Aunt Bleach as chaperone, sit atop the roof to watch the huge orange sunset. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—When Smelly Bill falls for Great Aunt Bleach's finicky white poodle, he is soundly rejected by both Peach and her owner. So in love is he that he begs for a bath in order to attempt to win his lady love. Bill's proud owners enter their newly freshened pup in the city park's dog parade, where he's scoffed at for resembling a "toilet brush." When the poodle he adores is threatened by a bully, he's the only one willing to save her. Even Great Aunt Bleach finally accepts him as the brave, kindhearted soul he is and plays chaperone for the new couple. The humorous rhyming text and cartoon illustrations create a fun read-aloud: "What creature was it,/can you tell?/Why, it was Bill without the smell!" Endearing Bill, a snaggle-toothed, pointy-nosed non-pedigreed pup, again comes out as champion in this entertaining "boy wins girl" tale.—Maryann H. Owen, Racine Public Library, WI
Kirkus Reviews
Love stinks when you're the smelliest mutt in town and you've fallen for pristine, purebred poodle Peachy Snugglekins, who happens to be owned by your nemesis, Great Aunt Bleach! That's exactly what happens to our hero in this companion to Smelly Bill (2007). Neither Peach nor Bleach will have anything to do with Bill, but he'll do anything to win them over--including begging for a soapy scrub. At the town dog parade poor Bill can't catch a break; he's just ridiculed for not being a show dog. Suddenly Vesuvius the vicious hound erupts onto the scene and chases poor Peach into a boggy swamp. No one dares jump in to save the pooch--except for Bill, who has never minded getting a little dirt under his paws. There's no better way to win over a damsel (and her immaculate mistress) than to rescue her from distress. Postgate's colorful and appropriately messy watercolor-and-ink cartoons illustrate the story's humor and heart, both of which it contains in plenty. Bill is an endearing pup any poodle would be lucky to have. (Picture book. 4-8)

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Whitman, Albert & Company
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Product dimensions:
10.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.40(d)
AD810L (what's this?)
Age Range:
3 - 7 Years

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