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Stink: Solar System Superhero (Stink #5)

4.14 of 5 stars 4.14  ·  rating details  ·  878 ratings  ·  61 reviews
Save the planet . . . Pluto! Stink Moody, wise-cracking champion of everything small, is on a new mission: to reinstate his favorite celestial orb.

Look! Up in the sky! Is it a falling leaf ?
A speck of dust? A speeding mosquito?
No, it’s Stink Moody, Solar System Superhero!

When Stink learns that Pluto has flunked out of the Milky Way for being too shrimpy, he feels like he m
Hardcover, 128 pages
Published March 9th 2010 by Candlewick Press
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Nicola Mansfield
Reason for Reading: My son enjoys these books, his dad reads them to him at bedtime and I thought it was time I saw what they liked about these books so much.

A totally enjoyable experience from start to finish! Stink is a regular kid, with regular kid problems and fears but when he gets an idea he becomes determined and full of spunk. Stink is flabbergasted when he gets his science test back and is told Pluto is no longer a planet, even Judy, his older sister, can't believe it. Stink gets his fa
Judy Moody's younger brother, Stink, has had his own adventures and missteps chronicled by author Megan McDonald for the last eight years now. They are, in a word, delightful. If older sister Judy's moodiness and snippy way of viewing the world didn't snare readers, this fifth book in the 'Stink' installment of books is sure to do just that. More down-to-earth and matter-of-fact than his sometimes overly emotional sister, Stink still possesses the wit and the reluctance to interact meaningfully ...more
My Walker rep gave me her sample copy of this book because I became ridiculously excited by the idea of someone finally sticking up for Pluto.

I have been selling Megan McDonald's Judy Moody series for years and never given her books much thought - I am very bad at taking an interest in books that I don't personally want to read (bad bookseller!!!).

However - in this I was pleasantly surprised! It had none of the stupidity and potty humour that I've come to expect of books targeted at this age gro
I read this with my son when he was in 4th grade. On the plus side, it is a fun book in a fun series. It was a fun way to review the planets. The key conflict of the book: Does Pluto belong? The kids in Stink's class VOTE "yes" that Pluto should be a planet. This was not the outcome I was expecting! Basing a planet's definition on emotion and popular vote is hardly scientific. Until I pointed it out, my son had no problem with this method, reinforcing the idea that we should base definitions on ...more
Genre: Realistic Fiction (Fiction)

Fountas and Pinnell Guided Reading Level: O

Summary: Stink gets a big red X on his Science test because he never heard the teacher say that Pluto is no longer considered a planet. He is outraged that Pluto has been demoted to dwarf planet status and is determined to reverse Pluto's fortune. However, Riley Rottenberger, his classmate, firmly believes that Pluto should not be considered the same as other solar system planets like Saturn and Jupiter. The book ends
The time has come for you to take a side. Do you agree with scientist who ruled in 2009 that Pluto should no longer be considered a planet? Or do you think this lovable little dwarf should be reinstated back to planet status? Join Stink and his friends in this planetary debate. Learn or refresh your knowledge on our solar system while choosing which side you are on.
I liked this book cause it was kind of long.
Molly the Librarian
Honk if you love Pluto!In the latest offering from Megan McDonald’s Stink series, Stink Moody and his friends take a stand in the name of science. When Stink finds out that Pluto is too small and shrimpy to be considered a planet anymore, he, kind of a shrimpy kid himself, can’t believe how unfair those scientists are.How can they possibly kick Pluto out after all these years?

Challenging the facts and their know-it-all classmate rotten Riley Rottenberger, Stink and company stage playground prote
The irascible and short second grader, Stink Moody, is outraged when he learns that Pluto is no longer considered a planet. Friend of all things small (like James Madison, the shortest and best president), Stink takes up the cause for Pluto. Stink gets into a feud over this issue with a classroom rival, Riley, who has been to space camp and so comes off as a know-it-all, until his teacher suggests a debate. Stink wins the debate but learns a bit about not judging people until you get to know the ...more
Stink Moody is back and better than ever, trying to save Pluto from losing its status as a planet. Stink feels a certain kinship with Pluto as he is the smallest in his class as well and doesn't think anyone or anything should be picked on just because of their size. His class is divided on this problem of galactic proportions so the teachers tells them to organize their arguments and present them to the class. The class will vote and whoever wins will determine how their own class treats Pluto, ...more
Mellodi Parks
I loved this one just as much as the others. It reminded me of school growing up, and reading the antics in this book made me remember what it was like to be in second grade all over again. I cannot wait to read the rest of this series. Give it a read, won't you?
Kevin Saunders
Apr 14, 2014 Kevin Saunders marked it as to-read
Although this book doesn't directly deal with cultural/global diversity or second language learners, the story encourages those individuals who may be small to persevere and stand up for each other. In all, I feel that this book advocates the idea that each student has a high potential when they put their mind to it. This book could possibly be used during a lesson on bullying, to show students how attacks on one's identity can be detrimental to one's self-esteem and that, even it all seems lost ...more
Rita Webb
As a mom and a homeschooler, I love this book for so many reasons:

(1) My daughter loves to read about Judy & Stink
(2) It's right at her reading level
(3) It shows her heroes taking an interest in science & school. It makes her take more interest too.
(4) I love the story surrounding the PLANET Pluto. I learned a few facts about space and the information was presented in a fun way.
(5) There are a few character lessons involved in this story as Stink and Rotten Riley Rottenberger fight over
Jessalyn King
I hadn't intended on reading more Stink, but I had borrowed it, so decided to actually read it. Still super sweet. I really love how into things Stink can get.
Lucas read this book in two days. It stimulated his interested in Pluto. He said it was creative and they help each other in teamwork.
It's no wonder kids love Stink books: large type, funny stories, the occasional bathroom humor, and an average kid like them. In this addition to the series, Stink is furious when Rotten Riley (who thinks she's 'all that' because she went to Space Camp) tells him that his second-favorite planet, Pluto, is no longer a planet! That can't be! An argument ensues, and their clever teacher uses the opportunity to organize a debate on whether or not Pluto should be allowed to be a planet again. Both si ...more
Jul 07, 2010 Dolly rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
I didn't realize that this was book #5 of the series until I went to post this review. We have some catching up to do!

This is a really fun book that teaches about science without being overly didactic. We loved the Pluto debate, and I liked the somewhat subtle lesson on inclusiveness. It's a fast read and we like that it's a continuation of the Judy Moody series, with these books being (of course) from her brother's perspective. I'm sure we will read the earlier books in this series as well; aft
Wendy E.
GREAT book for explaining Pluto to younger people...we'll read more in the Stink series!
Stink is ready for his solar system test; his sister has even taught him a cool mnemonic device for remembering all the planets: My Very Excellent Mother Just Served Us Nine Pizzas! Unfortunately, he is chagrined when he gets his test back with a red X on it. Pluto is no longer a planet! Together with pals Webster, Skunk, and Sophie of the Elves, Stink sets out to get Pluto reinstated back into the solar system!

Another cute, informative, science-geared story! The audio is once again read by Nanc
Steven R. McEvoy
This was the second Stink Moody book I have read and the third of the Stink and Judy series. These are great books. The writing by Megan McDonald is great - she captures family life, growing up, being a child, and life in school wonderfully. Peter H. Reynolds is an incredible illustrator and his contribution to these series helps make them as amazing as they are.
Read the rest of the review and with links to other reviews of books by the authors on my blog Book Reviews and More.
In this book, Stink discovers that Pluto is no longer considered a planet. His teacher encourages him to debate another student about whether it should be a planet.

I chose this book because we were watching a Little Einsteins episode and it included Pluto. (I thought that was strange because the Little Einsteins is a fairly new show.). This book was funny and educational. Lots of info about the solar system presented in a clever way.

Oh, and the way I learned was: My Very Easy Method Just Set Up
Jun 29, 2015 April rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: kids
very cute
Stink finds out that Pluto has lost its planetary status, so he begins a campaign to get it back. At least within his class. But can his signs and bumper stickers sway his fellow classmates opinions in the face of the campaign led by class know-it all and space camper Riley Rottenberger?

Another solid entry in Megan McDonald's series. It might be a little low in interest level, but it would be a fun read aloud for the grade 6 Ontario Science unit on the solar system. Or one for a lower level read
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When Stink discovers that Pluto has been downgraded from a planet to a dwarf planet, he launches a campaign in his classroom to restore its status to that of a full-fledged member of the solar system.

Dream Big (Summer Reading Program 2012) recommended book

Available from OCLS in print, ebook, audiobook and e-audiobook formats.
Ever since Pluto was demoted, I've spent a lot of time reviewing AV materials on the planets- trying to find ones that are up to date on this fact. So, I laughed when I realized this was the premise of the latest Stink adventure. As with all the Stink (and Judy Moody) titles, the story was fun, and enjoyable for multiple age groups. The audio productions are superb, and Nancy Cartwright is excellent!
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Stink is back in another adventure! When his class learns about the planets, Stink is appalled to find out that Pluto has been downgraded to being a lowly dwarf planet and decides to stick up for the little guy of the solar system. Includes a fact page on each of the planets interspersed between chapters.
This story is taking place in the school. The school classroom looks classy, bright, seprate tables. I can hear the children chattering. I wouldn't like to visit the setting because it will be too noisy for me to read... :). Stink reacts like he would never give up at school, becuse of this progect going on.
Feb 27, 2011 Kelly rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: 3rd Grade Teachers
Just finished reading this book to my 3rd graders to go along with solar system lessons. They loved it! Very funny to the kids. Very animated. I wanted to read a short fiction chapter book that had a science tie-in. There are some words like "fart" in the book but of course the kids love that.
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"Sometimes I think I am Judy Moody," says Megan McDonald, author of the Judy Moody series, the Stink series, and THE SISTERS CLUB. "I'm certainly moody, like she is. Judy has a strong voice and always speaks up for herself. I like that."

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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