By Megan McDonald, Illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds
Published by: Candlewick; Reprint edition (February 12, 2013)
Available in: hardcover, paperback, audible, audio CD, audiobook, Kindle, NOOK
At the time of this review there were nine books in the Stink series.
Stink and the Incredible Shrinking Kid is all about the life of a little brother in second grade. The brother part is important because Stink is not only champion of his own book series, he’s also the sibling of chapter book queen Judy Moody. Like sister, like brother: both are eminently fabulous books for the chapter book set.
As is appropriate for the younger brother, Stink is a little easier for the independent reader to swallow. Compared to the Judy Moody books, the type is bigger, the books are shorter, the vocabulary is a tad less complicated and the humor is more active. The short chapters are interspersed with comic-book style drawings, which helps to keep the reading level low and the attention high. Stink is all boy. It’s one of the attributes that work.
There are also a number of word puns that a newly independent reader, particularly boys, will enjoy. Especially in a section devoted to a newt, wordplay is the key to the comedy.
Plot points also cover areas that will make teachers and parents grin: U.S. Presidents and science.
Kids will love the bossy, tricky, sometimes rotten big sister. Kids also will have no trouble identifying with Stink’s concern over his (lack of) height, and enjoy his friend Sophie of the Elves. Stink is all energy, action, concern, humor and days that are both simple and full of the life and death moments that make up a childhood.
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