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Stink: The Incredible Shrinking Kid (Stink series)

By Megan McDonald, Illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds

Candlewick, 2005
Pages : 112
Suggested Ages: 5-9
ISBN: 9781599616865

Fans of the Judy Moody series about an outspoken and assertive third grade girl have been glad to see a whole new spin-off series about her younger brother, Stink, just as Beezus fans love books about her little sister, Ramona, in Beverly Cleary's classic series. Shortest in his family and the shortest second-grader in Class 2D, Stink is appalled when Judy measures him before bed and gives him the bad news: he's one quarter inch shorter now than he was that morning. Judy gives him hair gel to make his hair stick straight up so he looks taller. Unfortunately, it turns his hair orange. "I look like a carrot!" he says. In other hilarious chapters, Stink is chosen to bring home the class newt, Newton, with disastrous results, and he does a report on his favorite president, the shortest one, James Madison, for Presidents' Day. Interspersed throughout this breezy, easy-to-read chapter book are Stink's own comic book pages, "The Adventures of Stink." Kids love to write and illustrate new cartoon panels based on their own lives, adventures, and imaginations. Set them loose on the rest of the series, and ZOOM, they're reading and loving it!

Reviewed by : JF.

Themes : BROTHERS AND SISTERS. HUMOR. PRESIDENTS. SCHOOLS & SCHOOL STORIES.

If you love this book, then try:

Blume, Judy. Superfudge. Dutton, 1980. ISBN-13: 978-0142408803


Blume, Judy. Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing. Dutton, 1972. ISBN-10: 0525469311


Cameron, Ann. The Stories Huey Tells. Knopf, 1995. (And others in the Huey series.) ISBN-13: 978-0679885597


Cameron, Ann. The Stories Julian Tells. Pantheon, 1981. (And others in the Julian series.) ISBN-13: 978-0394828923


Cleary, Beverly. Ramona Quimby, Age 8. Morrow, 1981. (And others in the Ramona series.) ISBN-13: 978-0380709564


Cutler, Jane. Rats. Farrar, 1996. ISBN-13: 978-0374462031


Greene, Stephanie. Show and Tell. Clarion, 1998. ISBN-13: 978-0395888988


Holm, Jennifer. Babymouse: Our Hero. Illus. by Matthew Holm. Random House, 2005. (And others in the Babymouse series.) ISBN-13: 978-0375832307


Lowry, Lois. All About Sam. Houghton Mifflin, 1988. (And others in the Sam series.) ISBN-13: 978-0395486627


McDonald, Megan. Judy Moody. Candlewick, 2000. (And others in the Judy Moody series.) ISBN-13: 978-1406301854


McDonald, Megan. Judy Moody & Stink: The Holly Joliday. Candlewick, 2007. ISBN-13: 978-0763632373


McDonald, Megan. Stink and the Great Guinea Pig Express. Candlewick, 2008. ISBN-13: 978-1406313413


McDonald, Megan. Stink and the Incredible Super-Galactic Jawbreaker. Candlewick, 2006. ISBN-13: 978-0763632366


McDonald, Megan. Stink and the World's Worst Super-Stinky Sneakers. Candlewick, 2008. ISBN-13: 978-0763636692

Critics have said

Her timing is impeccable and her voicing is playful, adding a new dimension to this already compelling story. Appropriate for group or individual listening, this title will be especially appreciated by emergent readers.
Kirsten Martindale, School Library Journal
Presented in large type on small pages, enhanced with plenty of Reynolds's black-and-white ink-and-wash drawings, plus comics contributed by Stink himself, and ending on a triumphant note, this makes fine fare for fledgling chapter-book readers.
Kirkus Reviews