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Stink and the Ultimate Thumb-Wrestling Smackdown (series #6) PDF Print E-mail













What You Need to Know:
• Stink is back! This book is the sixth in the hilarious series about Judy Moody's little brother.
• Many boys will relate to Stink’s efforts to try to find the right sport to pursue.
• The sibling rivalry between Stink and Judy continues to be entertaining.
• The short chapters are ideal for newly independent readers to manage on their own.
• Two paper cut-out thumb-wrestling masks are included in the back of the book.
Sweet Series Background:
Judy Moody’s little brother Stink has 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 amusing character. While Judy and Stink each have their own series, there are also a couple of books about both of them like The Mad, Mad, Mad Treasure Hunt, published in 2009.
Sweet Book Summary:
Stink is such a fun character! He’s clever and enthusiastic as he deals with the typical problems of a second grader. This time, it’s a bad grade in "Phys. Ed." (Stink wants to know who Ed is!) and his parents’ insistence that he choose a sport to pull up his grade. Stink comes up with some outrageous sports before he settles on thumb-wrestling. When that choice results in trouble at school, Stink discovers another option, karate. It actually helps him to gain confidence and even calm his mind – not an easy task for a second grader! The font is oversized, there is plenty of white space, and there is a manageable amount of text on each page. The illustrations and comics found throughout the story also help new readers to follow along with the story. The descriptions, like when Stink feels like “a hopping popcorn kernel just about to p-o-p!”, are simple but captivating, helping readers to connect with the characters. Adults reading along will enjoy the reference to the “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” movie.
Author: Megan McDonald Illustrator: Peter H. Reynolds Published: 2011, 144 pages
Themes: Family Life, Humor, School, Self-Awareness/Discovery, Siblings, Sports
Sweet Discussion Questions:
• Is it important for every kid to play a sport? Why or why not?
• Do you like sports? If you do, which is your favorite?
• Should thumb-wrestling count as a sport? Why or why not?
• How does karate influence the way Stink handles other things in his life?
• Would you want to be friends with Stink? Why would he be a good friend?
If You Liked This Book, Try:
Stink: The Incredible Shrinking Kid (series #1), Megan McDonald
Soupy Saturdays with the Pain and the Great One (series #1), Judy Blume
Mighty Monty (series #2), Johanna Hurwitz
This recommendation was written by: Melissa G.
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