Stink: The Incredible Shrinking Kid (series #1)
What You Need to Know:|
• Stink and his sister Judy will have you laughing from beginning to end.
• Stink is definitely a fun read aloud at home or in the classroom.
• If you're looking for a male main character, which somehow seems harder to find than a female protagonist, it's a
• Most of the action is about Stink and Judy, but readers are briefly introduced to friends and teachers at school.
• The sibling rivalry between Stink and Judy is entertaining.
• There are short chapters, although not numbered, separated by fun cartoons that show an exaggerated version of
Sweet Series Background:|
Judy Moody’s little brother, Stink, gets his own series, and he definitely holds his own. Readers will enjoy his silliness and clever thinking. If your reader is a big fan and looking for more Stink, you will be happy to know there is a whole series of books about this entertaining character. While they each have their own series, there are also a couple of Judy Moody & Stink books like The Mad, Mad, Mad Treasure Hunt, published in 2009.
The shortest kid in the second grade is James Moody, also known as Stink. He learns all about the shortest President of the United States, when they celebrate President’s Day at school. Stink wants to grow. He really wants to be taller. Unfortunately, his big sister Judy convinces him that the opposite is happening and that he’s actually shrinking. Stink tries everything to make himself grow or even just look taller. He eats his peas, drinks his milk, wears stripes and (at Judy’s suggestion) puts gel in his hair to make it stand up high. Unfortunately Judy turns his hair orange, which she thinks is hilarious.
Stink’s good friend Elizabeth, otherwise known as Sophie of the Elves (my kids love this nickname!) tries to make him feel better. When Stink is selected to take home the classroom newt, he feels like things are looking “up” but they go way “down” when the newt slips into the drain and Judy accidently turns on the disposal. That’s the end of the newt and Stink is not happy. Yes, that does sound really awful, but hopefully, as Judy tries to explain, the newt slipped down the drain first because as Stink says, “The garbage disposal is NOT part of the life cycle!” When Presidents Day is covered at school, Stink focuses on James Madison, learning a bit about the history of his country and coming to the realization that growing up (and tall) just takes time. Readers will not be intimidated by Stink> which is a perfect selection for readers just beginning to enjoy chapter books.
Peter H. Reynolds
2005, 128 pages
Family Life, Humor, School, Self Awareness/Discovery, Siblings
• Do you have a favorite president? Who and why?
• Do you ever feel like you would like to change something about yourself? Why?
• Is Judy a good sister to Stink?
• Are you like Stink at all? In what way?
• Have you ever experienced a tragedy with a pet? How did you handle the situation?
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