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Stink

The Incredible Shrinking Kid

by Megan McDonald
illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds

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siblings, self-esteem & self-reliance, chapter books
list price: $7.00
edition:Paperback
also available: Hardcover Paperback
published: 2013
ISBN:9780763664268
publisher: Candlewick Press
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By popular demand — Judy Moody's brother, Stink, gets his chance to star!

Shrink, shrank, shrunk!

Every morning, Judy Moody measures Stink and it's always the same: three feet, eight inches tall. Stink feels like even the class newt is growing faster than he is. Then, one day, the ruler reads — can it be? — three feet, seven and three quarters inches! Is Stink shrinking? He tries everything to look like he’s growing, but wearing up-and-down stripes and spiking his hair aren't fooling anyone into thinking he's taller. If only he could ask James Madison — Stink's hero, and the shortest person ever to serve as president of the United States.

In Stink's first solo adventure, his special style comes through loud and strong — enhanced by a series of comic strips, drawn by Stink himself, which are sprinkled throughout the book. From "The Adventures of Stink in SHRINK MONSTER" to "The Adventures of Stink in NEWT IN SHINING ARMOR," 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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Excerpt

The bell rang, and Mrs. Dempster passed out spelling words. Three of the new words were shrink, shrank, shrunk. At lunch, the dessert was strawberry shortcake. And in Reading, Mrs. Dempster read everybody a book called THE SHRINKING OF TREEHORN.

The book was all about a boy who plays games and reads cereal boxes and gets shorter and shorter. He keeps shrinking and shrinking. Then, just when he becomes a normal size again, he turns green!

"Any comments?" Mrs. Dempster asked when the story was over.

Stink raised his hand. "Is that a true story?"

Mrs. D. laughed. "I'm afraid not," she said. "It's fantasy."

"Fantasy's my favorite!" said Sophie of the Elves. "Especially hobbits and elves."

"Are you sure it's fantasy?" asked Stink. "Because that kid is a lot like me. Because I'm . . . I'm . . ." Stink could not make himself say shrinking.

"Because you both turned another color?" asked Webster.

"Um, because I like to read everything on the cereal box, too," said Stink.

"Okay," said Mrs. Dempster. "Let's see. Who's going to carry the milk from the cafeteria today?" Stink was barely paying attention. He never got asked to carry the milk.

"How about Mr. James Moody?" asked Mrs. Dempster.

"Me?" asked Stink. He sat up taller. "I get to carry the milk?"

Stink walked down the second-grade hallway. It looked longer than usual. And wider. He took the stairs down to the cafeteria. Were there always this many stairs? His legs felt shorter. Like they shrink, shrank, shrunk.

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STINK: THE INCREDIBLE SHRINKING KID by Megan McDonald. Copyright (c) 2005 by Megan McDonald. Published by Candlewick Press, Inc., Cambridge, MA.

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Editorial Review

Delightful full-page and 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.
—School Library Journal

This spirited launch of a new series focuses on Judy Moody's younger brother, Stink. . . . McDonald's breezy narrative and likable character will keep Judy's followers amply amused and recruit new fans.
—Publishers Weekly

The narrative is fun and laced with puns-from Mr. Trashmore to "newt in shining armor," and it's peppered with black-and-white illustrations, including comics reflecting Stink's triumphant fantasies.
—Booklist

A fine fare for fledgling chapter-book readers. Stink definitely measures up to his memorable sister.
—Kirkus Reviews

Readers of Judy Moody who requested that Stink have a book of his own will not be disappointed.
—Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

James Madison, the shortest U.S. president, becomes the hero of a kid worried about getting shorter.
—Wall Street Journal

A humorous look at the emotional trauma a second-grader experiences at the thought of growing smaller, rather than growing taller.
—Times-Picayune

A welcome arrival for this age group.
—Chicago Tribune

Judy Moody lovers (and their little brothers) will adore her younger brother, Stink.
—WOW!

Kid-friendly format.
—San Francisco Chronicle

Stink' — the quirky kid brother for whom fans of the Judy Moody series have long harbored a soft spot — now has a series of his own.
—Parenting

Judy Moody lovers (and their little brothers) will adore her younger brother, Stink.
—Seattle Times

With child-savvy humor and energy, McDonald explores Stink's frustrations with being 'the shortest second-grader in Class 2-D. Probably the shortest human being the in whole word, including Alaska and Hawaii.'
—Child

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