Stink: The Incredible Shrinking Kid by Megan McDonald, Illustrations by Peter H. Reynolds


Stink: The Incredible Shrinking Kid by Megan McDonald, Illustrations by Peter H. Reynolds. Candlewick Press, 9781536213775, 2005 (in this format 2021)

Format: Softcover, 105 pages

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 3

Genre:  Realistic Fiction

What did you like about the book? One of many books in this series that centers around Stink, James Moody, little brother to Judy.  In this volume, Stink is concerned that he may be shrinking, as his sister notes that his height went down after dinner one evening.  The thought that he may be shrinking is all consuming and monopolizes most of his thoughts and actions throughout the book.  Eventually he does a report on James Madison, the smallest president and gets his confidence back.  A simple humorous story with large font, this is sure to entertain young readers who may be able to sympathize with Stink about being the shortest in class.  Black and white digital illustrations help carry the story and add humor, as well as some perspective about the goings on in Stink’s mind.

Anything you didn’t like about it? The plot was simple, predictable, and entertaining.  One part, where the class pet falls down the drain and is killed by the garbage disposal, is a little dark for young readers.

To whom would you recommend this book? Readers, in grades 1 to 4, who enjoy Judy Moody or the Stink series or humorous books about families would enjoy this text.  

Who should buy this book? This would be a good purchase for elementary or public libraries that cannot get McDonald-styled titles.  

Where would you shelve it? Realistic Fiction

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles?  I feel that this title would reside near the middle of the “to read” pile.

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Elena Schuck, Nathaniel H. Wixon School Library, Dennis, Massachusetts

Date of review: April 25, 2021

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