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Stink: The Incredible Shrinking Kid

by Megan McDonald

Series: Stink (1)

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McDonald, Megan
Stink: The Incredible Shrinking Kid
Illustrated by Peter Reynolds. 2013. 128pp. $4.99 pbk. Candlewick. 978-0763664268. Grades 2-4.

Tags: children, elementary, fiction, chapter book, transitional, Judy Moody, humor, height, boy, sister, family, series

Judy Moody’s brother has his own book! Stink, Judy’s intellectually creative little brother, fears he is experiencing a nightmare—he is shrinking! Using her reliable Women of Science Ruler, Judy measures Stink everyday, and each time he measures three feet, eight inches tall. Stink endures all the struggles of being the shortest in his class, including being forced to squeak as the mouse in the school play. Then one day, Judy delivers the earth-shattering news—Stink is one-quarter inch shorter than the day before! From that point, everything seems to be huge and growing to Stink, even the class pet, Newton the newt. Through a series of events (some unfortunate), Stink realizes that he, too, is part of the life cycle and will certainly grow in time. This humorous book is meant for transitional readers, as it contains short chapters with few illustrations. Each chapter is separated by comic strips that will surely have young (and older) readers giggling. Stink is a likeable character who would appeal to elementary age boys and girls, and this book and the subsequent books in the series would greatly compliment the young reader’s library. ( )
  ginawilliams | Oct 22, 2014 |
Two things I most like is that when his friend changes he name, he simply accepts the new name without protest--he accepts that she has the authority to name herself. I also like that he writes to his governor, and that the governor writes back--he gets involved with politics. The language play is clever, and the illustrations are wonderful. Recommended. ( )
  JWarren42 | Oct 10, 2013 |
Judy Moody's younger brother Stink gets his own series of books. This is a great series for transitional readers with illustrations, shorter chapters, largish type and plenty of white space. The one-page cartoon strips that seperate each chapter are an appealing addition as well. Stink's life is not easy in this outing as Judy gives him a pretty hard time - she turns his hair orange among other things. The really casual treatment of the death of the class pet (accidentally by Judy's hands) might upset some animal lovers. This would work well as enrichment for a unit on President's Day. ( )
  JenJ. | Mar 31, 2013 |
Stink is Judy Moody's younger brother. He is studious, creative, and self-conscious about his height. He also has to deal with an older sister who is quite creative herself, as well as bossy. She likes to do things her own way, and is impatient with Stink when he won't break the rules. Their interaction forms a large part of this first adventure that features Stink as the hero. Stink's main concern in this story is that he isn't growing taller, and when Judy measures him and night and he is a quarter of an inch shorter, he becomes frantic. Stink is shrinking! His problems are compounded when he is allowed to take the class pet, a newt, home, and Judy inadvertently lets it escape in the sink. Of course, these problems are not as big as they seem; but we see through Stink's eyes how insurmountable such complications can appear to children, and are encouraged by the ways he works through them all.

Each short chapter ends with a comic that Stink drew, and the subject matter arises out of his own triumphs or worries presented in that chapter. They are funny, and present a clever boy, who deals with his problems through his art. The whole book is highly humorous. Stink faces life with spunk, he and his sister are a funny duo, and the illustrations are spot on for the story. With the short chapters, the big text, and the engaging story, this book is an excellent choice for readers just beginning to sample chapter books. In addition, the author includes educational material in way that will interest kids and doesn't feel forced; in this case, the story teaches about newts and presidents (Stink's favorite president is James Madison, because he was short and they share the same first name). This series looks to be a fine addition to children's literature. ( )
  nmhale | Nov 5, 2012 |
everyone is growing faster than he is, one day he is measured and now he is shrinking
  bo021304 | Apr 16, 2012 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0763628913, Paperback)

"Delightful full-page spot-art cartoons and playful language in large type
bring the child's adventures to life. ‘Things are definitely looking up,
up, UP' with this bright addition to beginning chapter-book collections."

Shrink, shrank, shrunk!

Every morning, Judy Moody measures Stink, and it's always the same: three feet, eight inches tall. Then, one day, the ruler reads - can it be? - three feet, seven and three quarters inches! Is Stink shrinking?

In Stink's first solo adventure, his style comes through loud and strong - enhanced by a series of comic strips, drawn by Stink himself, which are sprinkled throughout the book. These very funny, homespun sagas reflect the familiar voice of a kid who pictures himself with super powers to deal with the travails of everyday life - including the occasional teasing of a bossy big sister!

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The shortest kid in the second grade, James Moody, also known as Stink, learns all about the shortest president of the United States, James Madison, when they celebrate Presidents' Day at school.

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