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Mr Stink by David Walliams

Mr Stink (2009)

by David Walliams

Other authors: Quentin Blake (Illustrator)

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I read this book to my 9 year old son. Not being UK based some of the culture elements needed explaining, but I found it also very political for such a young age group, with the mother in the book running to be an MP, and talk of policies etc. I felt that an adult would have understood the humour in the digs made at current politics in these elements much better than a child (as I did).

I also found some digressions off the main story that were distracting - at one point a 'ven diagram' and a graph were used to make a point, from the author to the reader, but I felt it took away from the story and made no sense to my nine year old. I wondered at the point of this.

I found some of the issues also a bit serious for my 9 year old, maybe my 12 year old could have related better, but bullying and feeling that a parent doesn't love or support you are tough topics for a child to deal with. However, I did like the ending with how Mr Stink brought Chloe (the main character) and her family back together at the end. And how Chloe made such a connection to him.

A mixture of a book. I wondered if David Walliams actor status has made his books popular. ( )
  purplequeennl | Jul 11, 2018 |
Mr Stink is the most pungent man in all of Great Britain, a homeless tramp who hangs out on a park bench downtown. Chloe is a 12 year old girl who is not popular, either at school or at home, who decides to make an effort to talk with and befriend Mr Stink.
Mr Stink turns out to have exceptionally good manners, in spite of his appalling lack of hygiene. In time, Chloe invites Mr Stink to live in her family's shed.
Chloe's mother meanwhile, is running for an MP seat on a platform that includes, among other things, banning homeless people from everywhere, because they area nuisance and they stink.
(Spoiler: Between Chloe and Mr Stink, Chloe's horrible mother is fully redeemed by the end of the book. The Prime Minister of England however, is not.)
Very Roald Dahl-like humor. ( )
  fingerpost | Jan 24, 2018 |
This book is about a very smelly tramp that people called Mr Stink. People were nice to him; they through coins at his feet and sometimes dropped a scrap of food for the Duchess, Mr Stink's dog, or something like that. But they were never really friendly with him - no one stopped for a chat. Until Chloe did, anyway.

Chloe soon made friends with Mr Stink. She saw him pull out shiny cutlery from his dirty tweed jacket and soon got very suspicious. She thought he looked like he had such a great story to tell, and imagined him as a stowaway pirate or something - but she wasn't even close.

Chloe's mother and poisonous sister, Annabelle, were nightmares. They were so poshy-poshy-posh-posh that they got so incredibly hateful. Annabelle always wanted Chloe in trouble, and so did Mother. Only Father was nice to poor Chloe.

What should she do? Will Mr Stink help her to a new life of happiness...or will these hateful days stay the same?

This book was absolutely awesome. It was so funny I had to tell every single bit of it to my parents, as every single bit of it was funny. I loved this book so much I didn't want to put it down at bedtime, even if I was fantastically tired. I had a tinge of excitement whenever I had to stop at a chapter and wait until the next day to read it. Sometimes I even got to sleep dreaming of Chloe and Mr Stink! ( )
  LaviniaRossetti | Sep 6, 2016 |
This book is super good! I really liked how the girl helped the homeless man even though he smelled really bad. ( )
  Mikelodeon | Mar 11, 2016 |
Not as good as i hoped, I actually preferred the tv version. However, the closing chapters are quite lovely. ( )
  MathewBridle | May 4, 2015 |
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Blake, QuentinIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Antur, GruffuddTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Costa, Rita DaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Fitt, MatthewTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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For my mum Kathleen, the kindest person I have ever met.
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Mr Stink stank.
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Chloe sees Mr Stink every day, but she's never spoken to him. Which isn't surprising, because he's a tramp, and he stinks. But there's more to Mr Stink than meets the eye (or nose) and before she knows it, Chloe has an unusual new friend hiding in her garden shed.… (more)

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