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Stink (Book #1): The Incredible Shrinking Kid (Stink #1)

3.87 of 5 stars 3.87  ·  rating details  ·  6,417 ratings  ·  264 reviews
In honor of Judy Moody's younger "bother," the creators of the award-winning series have put themselves in a very Stink-y mood — proving, once and for all, that you're only as short as you feel.

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
Hardcover, 112 pages
Published March 3rd 2005 by Candlewick Press (first published January 1st 2005)
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Jesus Madrigal I would not say it's the best book ever, but if you like, it's fine by me. I finished it quickly though, so yeah.
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There are so many great, comical series centered around girl protagonists: Judy Moody (Judy Moody, Book 1) by Megan McDonald, Ramona Quimby, Age 8 (Ramona, #6) by Beverly Cleary, and my personal favorite, Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus (Junie B. Jones, #1) by Barbara Park. It's great to finally have one for boys - My six-year old LOVES Stink- we've read them all and now he wants to read all the Judy Moody's. Stink appeals across the ages as well - I have students all the way up through seventh grade who enjoy these books. ...more
A book my 6 yr old loved, a little old for my preschoolers. A solid reading level 2 book, this reader has a good amount of advanced vocabulary words, but not so long that it discourages a new reader. Used it for his read out loud book, which was perfect. It took about 15 mins for him to read and had just enough new vocabulary words to make it challenging. Also, it was a fun and interesting story he could get into. He liked it so much, he asked for more by this author. Great reading book!
Gordon Elijah
I thought this book was kind of funny and cool. It was a very awesome book because Stink is kind of weird and funny, and so is Stink's sister, Judy Moody. And they're kind of silly and a little bit crazy.
The only thing redeeming about this book are the little comics that Stink draws. The rest of Stink's interesting ideas are trounced by his rotten sister and it bemoans me to have to explain why she is the way she is to my child. Stink is overshadowed and if I were him I would wish that I were an only child.
If you want to show your child what it is like to A. be in traditional education and B. have a shitty sibling, then this is the book for you. I don't want to read the sequels and I don't even
Lindsay Wallace
I very much enjoyed Megan McDonald's Stink...The Incredible Shrinking Kid. The story followed the trials and tribulations of second-grader, James Moody... also known as "Stinky". Stinky is the shortest kid in room 2D, and to make matters worse, he is apparently SHRINKING! When the class is instructed to write a paper discussing their favorite president on Presidents' Day, Stinky of course chooses James Madison, the fourth, and the shortest president of the United States of America. Stinky's fami ...more
Jennifer Budde
Stink the Incredible Shrinking kid was a very engaging and meaningful read. Megan McDonald created a very intentional story about a boy and his feelings of inadequacy because of his height. She showed the importance of human relationships as this boy went on a journey to find confidence within himself. While I feel that the text was written in a very intentional way that allowed the reader to relate to the characters and feel for them deeply I was more drawn in by the text features. As a first g ...more
It's Kiddie-lit this week in the Reading Room! At just 102 pages--and that's with pictures, too!--I just know some of you are thinking:

"Are you for real?"

"Hey, that sounds like an easy out!"

"That can't count! C'mon now!"

Okay, so perhaps those are really questions I was thinking as I actually attempted a grown up book and got bogged down with too many other things this week. But as I rationalized not finishing the other book, I took comfort in reminding myself that this project will be as success
James Moody, aka, Stink, brother to Judy, takes the reader through some hilarious happenings. His shenanigans run the gamut from elation to gruesome. Stink moans and laments that he is not getting any taller and fears he will be stuck at 3 feet eight inches for the rest of his life. But, when his teacher, Mrs. Dempster allows him to take the class pet home for the weekend, he stands just a little bit taller with pride. Then, catastophe strikes involving a garbage disposal...yikes! not a pretty s ...more
He is Judy Moody's kid brother. His favorite president is James Madison. He is the 4th president and he too is short. He wants to have James Madison be included in hte president's day. Stink's real name is James Moody. He also had a pet newt from school for hte weekend which shedded it's skin. Unfortunately, Judy was trying to help and she dropped the newt into sink and down the drain. She then turned on the garbage disposal. Hence, Newty went to Newt heaven. Teacher wasn't mad and she had the c ...more
This book turned out to be quite a surprise! I was expecting something funny in the vein of Judy Moody. What I got was a book that was funny, cute, and surprisingly educational. Stink is a smart kid! There's factual information in there about newts and James Madison, the 4th president of the United States of America! I think that was honestly my favorite part, as I'm kind of a history buff too. I think my daughter will love that part of the book.

Listening to the way the characters are written th
Kim T.
Love this character!
Jen W
Easy reader, fiction; Grades K-3; Reading level 2.9 Lexile 480

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Description: Shrink has his sister, Judy Moody, measure him every morning. One night he finds he shrunk a quarter of an inch and thinks he is shrinking! Throughout the book Stink draws comics emulating real life experiences but with a super hero twist. Will he ever grow taller?

1. It is important for an easy reader to make an emotional connection, and in this story many young readers will relate to his relat
Kate Schwarz
I'm reading books that are available to boys (and girls) Ben's age (6) and reading level (pretty impressive). Specifically, I'm looking at the characters in this novels. Stink was one of the top three, and I wanted to check him out. He gets a not-so-awesome reputation among parents; I wondered: is it justified? I don't think so! He's the little brother to Judy Moody, a character Megan McDonald created in the early 2000s. Stink was such a popular character in those books that her fans asked her t ...more
Genre: Realistic Fiction (Fiction)

Fountas and Pinnell Guided Reading Level: L

Summary: Judy Moody's younger brother finally got his own story. In this book, Stink is feeling down about being short and even shrinking. He seems to have a bad luck streak going when something good happens. His second grade teacher, Mrs. Dempster, chooses him to take the class pet home for the weekend. Stink devotes his weekend to taking care of the newt, and when Judy suggests they clean the newt's cage, Stink goes a
I love how Megan McDonald slips in a mini history lesson in so many of her books. In this book Stink talks about his hero James Madison. While this was not the entire story line its my number 1 reason as to why this series is so wonderful for kids. My daughter and I have learned about Elizebeth Blackwell, Paul Revere, Nelliey Bly, and even learned about the famous classic Nancy Drew stories.
Denis Verdecia
This book is alright for the young reader. It's about a boy named James Moody. His nickname is Stink. His challenge in this book is that he feels that he is short, and getting shorter. He has an older sister who loves nothing more than to tease him about everything. Her name is Judy.

Throughout the book Stink makes unfair comparisons of himself versus others. Until someone points out that his favorite President, James Madison, was also short, like him. What I liked about this book is that in tryi
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.
Although "Stink" books aren't the easiest for a parent to read to their children, they definitely aren't too bad! My son truly enjoys them, and he enjoys the sketched illustrations to help create the story in his head, as well. As long as my son is smiling, I will keep reading. Stink is a likable character and easy for whom my son to relate.
Evelyn Ink
Kids will get a mini history lesson it this comic filled book about Stink (real name: James Moody). Stink is a smart, nice kid who is seriously insecure about his height.
Stink and his sister, Judy Moody, sound and act like real kids––not at all idealized, special, or freakishly intelligent. They argue, make fun of each other, and get in trouble. I think a lot of kids will be able to identify with stink and his mini adventures.

Not all parents will enjoy reading these books to their kids, for an
Angel Alaguna
this book is so funny because he (stink) has always wished to be a little tiny person but then one morning he is as tiny as a little ant but after a while regrets to be tiny and would want to become as big as a normal person.
Jocelyn Reynoso
This is a story about a boy that everyone calls Stink. He thinks he's shrinking because everyone else is getting taller but in the end he also ends up tall.
Stink, Judy Moody's younger brother, is fun, funny, and full of charm. The kind of charm you can only get as a little boy growing up.

Stink gets measured every morning by his big sister and it's always the same, until one day he measures 1/4 inch shorter. He's shrinking! And he thinks he's too short to begin with! So begins our adventures with Stink, a second-grader who is super fun to spend some time with. Adventures and hijinks ensue, but it's all good fun and with some lessons scattered here a
Stink is your average 2nd grade student. Except that he happens to be below average when it come to his height. He is 3 feet 8 inches short. Or is he? One day his older sister Judy measured him and found out that Stink had shrunk. Oh No! Not to worry Stink was able to overcome that and a slew of other challenges, in this transitional chapter book, such as losing the class newt and honoring the best president ever, James Madison.

This book is fun, light hearted and just right for young readers ad
Rory Sylverne-nordberg
Austin is loving this series! Great reads for any 7 year old!! He is Judy Moody's little brother.
Jesse German
This book was very entertaining. It was about Judy Moody's little brother, Stink, who instead of getting taller seemed to be shrinking every day. This is a funny story that keeps you entertained and is a very easy read. I think that children of all ages and reading levels would enjoy this book.

I would use this book in my classroom to teach children about perseverance because even though Stink is short and continues to shrink he makes the most out of it. This book is a great reminder that no mat
Sep 24, 2007 JJ rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 2nd grade and up
silly book
Veronica Molina
Lo encontré muy dinámico, rápido y entretenido. Tiene pequeños cómics caricaturizando aun más las situaciones. Y me llevé una sorpresa con el desenlace de un pequeño episodio, pensé que iba a ser todo más predecible.
Lo curioso es que le pregunté a uno o dos niños que ya lo habían leído si les gustó, y me dijeron que no porque era fome (este y uno de Judy Moody). Curioso porque pensé que pegaría más. Aunque quizás es por un tema de edad, también... quizás lo leyeron muy "grandes" y se hizo fome.

Recommended for grades 2nd-4th
Stink is not about the stinky kid in school, but rather a boy who is very short. His sister, Judy, is very aware of his anxiety and plays a cruel prank on him. Stink, has her measure him every morning to see if he has grown. Instead of telling him the truth, she tells Stink that he has shrunk of an inch. Stink tries many things to look taller, including wearing stripe and gelling his hair way up. Stink soon comes to realize that Judy was playing a prank on him. He
Oct 22, 2013 Dolly rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: children starting to read chapter books
This is the first book in the Stink series by Megan McDonald. We've enjoyed reading the Judy Moody series, so I was sure we'd enjoy the books featuring her rascally little brother.

The narrative is actually shorter than I expected, so I imagine this series is for (slightly) younger children than the books featuring Judy. The story is engaging and the black-and-white illustrations complement the story nicely.

Our youngest read this book and I read it after her. We talked a little about the sad G.
Kerry (The Roaming Librarian)
I thought Stink was a great character to discover, one that I’ve seen on the shelves in my store for a while, but never picked up before. One of the things I appreciated was how “everyday” his problems were, like being afraid of always being short, or (in a more extreme case) thinking you’re shrinking. Reading this story, I felt that the print was a great size for readers transitioning to longer chapter books, and I like the additional illustrations and the way that each chapter or section was e ...more
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For Megan McDonald, being able to speak up for herself wasn't always easy. She grew up as the youngest of five sisters in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Her father, an
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