STINKY by Eleanor Davis
Kirkus Star


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Age Range: 4 - 8
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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)

Pub Date: Aug. 25th, 2008
ISBN: 978-0-9799238-4-5
Page count: 40pp
Publisher: RAW Junior/TOON Books
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1st, 2008


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