Stinky the monster loves his swamp, his pet toad Wartbelly, the mud and his favorite snack: pickled onions. He hates the nearby town and its kids because they like things like baths and apples.
When a young boy named Nick wanders into the swamp, Stinky is horrified to see that Nick has built a treehouse on one of the trees in his swamp. He begins to plan and implement actions that would scare Nick away from the swamp, like put Wartbelly in his treehouse or pretend to be a ghost. Nothing works!
But when Nick loses his hat and Stinky realizes how sad he is, he finds the hat and they become fast friends.
What I Thought: What a fun book! The story is told in a comic book format with the text bubbles and usually multiple illustrations per page. The cartoon illustrations are colorful and have lots of details to explore as readers decode each picture to read the story.
I love the Stinky premise. This is bound to be a book that kids will eat up and will want to read over and over again. Here's to hoping that another Stinky book is on the way soon.
Highly recommended, especially for young readers!
This book is a 2009 Geisel Honor Book, an honor "given annually to the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished American books for beginning readers published in English in the United States during the preceding year" (ALA.com).
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