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The second original, touching, twisted, and most of all hilarious novel for children from David Walliams, number one bestseller and fastest growing children’s author in the country – beautifully illustrated by Quentin Blake.

"Mr Stink stank. He also stunk. And if it was correct English to say he stinked, then he stinked as well…”

It all starts when Chloe makes friends with M
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Paperback, 267 pages
Published 2009 by HarperCollins Children's
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Lucy Jenny Parkes They made the book because it is good and he is stinky because he is a tramp and lives on the street with no shower or soap.
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Petra X
This wasn't up to the standard of either The Boy in the Dress or Gangsta Granny. The story was slight. Mildly-bullied girl who is not her mother's favourite child befriends stinky old tramp and his trick-performing dog. The tramp is, almost inevitably this story is so cliched, a Lord with a sob story. The message, "We could all be homeless" (even a Lord) is hammered home. This is all set against a minor backdrop of politics but really that is just used as justification for the message - even the ...more
Mark Lawrence
Mar 03, 2016 Mark Lawrence rated it liked it
I spend a lot of time reading children's books as my 7 year-old girl is severely disabled and can't read for herself (or even turn the page). She is however of normal intelligence for her age and stories are her world.

As a new author myself I don't generally review other new authors, but David Walliams needs no charity from me. He's a hugely successful actor (both comic and straight) and far better than me at swimming the English Channel too.

The blurb says Mr Stink is a "touching, twisted, and
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Alison
Aug 22, 2012 Alison rated it really liked it
This story by David Walliams is about a young girl called Chloe who befriends the local tramp, Mr. Stink. Chloe is a lonely 12 year old girl who thoroughly hates school because she is bullied by a group of ‘cool’ girls, unfortunately her home life is unhappy too and she has a turbulent relationship with her mother and sister. Over the Christmas period Chloe plucks up the courage to approach the local tramp - much to her mother’s disgust- and they strike up a relationship. Chloe secretly moves Mr ...more
Aoife
Oct 14, 2013 Aoife rated it it was amazing
What makes the book special is that there is some quite serious morality involved in the way the author puts across issues of prejudice, misconceptions and stereotypes in a way that children can understand, and hopefully learn from. This book tells the story of a young girl who befriends a dirty smelly tramp, and the resulting effects on her and her family. There is plenty of humour to appeal to children, and a deeper message about not judging people by first impressions. The pictures illustrate ...more
Clare O'Beara
Jan 18, 2016 Clare O'Beara rated it really liked it
This is a similar read to Gangsta Granny, by the same author, which I preferred. Only this one is a tale about a girl, and instead of a relative she is spending time with a dirty old tramp. Mr Stink as everyone calls him, smells bad and has a small smelly dog, but is harmless and sits on the park bench every day. We see that the young girl's home life and school life is quite miserable, which is why she feels unwanted and friendless, much like the tramp in fact. This leads to some amusing advent ...more
Fahime
Aug 08, 2015 Fahime rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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یک داستان خواندنی از رولد دالی جدید، به تصویرگری کوئنتین بلیک با ترجمه ی رضی هیرمندی! بیست و پنج سالگی که دلیل نمی شود آدم چنین معجونی را از دست بدهد، می شود؟
Bridie Atkinson
Jan 25, 2014 Bridie Atkinson rated it really liked it
What makes the book special is that there is some quite serious morality involved in the way the author puts across issues of prejudice, misconceptions and stereotypes in a way that children can understand, and hopefully learn from. This book tells the story of a young girl who befriends a dirty smelly tramp, and the resulting effects on her and her family. There is plenty of humour to appeal to children, and a deeper message about not judging people by first impressions. The pictures illustrate ...more
Razvan Zamfirescu
Spicuiri din recenzia finala care se gaseste pe blogul meu



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Povestea este cea a unei familii scoase parcă dintr-o caricatură de Quentin Blake: mama, doamna Fărâmă – candidată pentru Parlamentul Marii Britanii, mereu mai elegantă şi mai ridicolă decât este cazul, cu părul întotdeauna ţeapăn din pricina fixativului şi cu taiorul perfect călcat, sora Annabelle, pricepută nevoie mare la activităţi extraşcolare care se întind pe patru pagini printre care: dans
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Grace
Oct 04, 2011 Grace rated it liked it

The new book by David Walliams is funny, thoughtful and quirkily written. Life for Chloe is pretty miserable thanks to her pretentious, controlling mother. To make matters worse her mother is completely preoccupied with her younger sister, Annabelle. Desperate to find someone who understands her, she befriends Mr Stink, the local tramp with a very questionable approach to hygiene! When Chloe invites him to live in her garden shed everyone’s life is changed forever.
I did enjoy this book and foun
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Beth
Feb 26, 2012 Beth rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like all of David Walliams' books. They're all good, and this one would have been up there with the best, except that some bits are just mad and completely unnecessary. I'm going to just keep this short and sweet. Some times Mr Stink is portrayed as a normal/sensible man who just happens to be homeless and a tad smelly. Other times he's portrayed as a complete lunatic who has no idea of the difference between money and a button. If he was trying to get across a heart felt story (with a bit of ...more
Maria
May 03, 2012 Maria rated it it was amazing
I decided to read 'Mr Stink' after watching David Walliam's programme on Roald Dahl and I can definitly say that I was not disappointed! His writing is obviously inspired by Dahl and has brought to life a very stinky story. Many children will laugh as I did at the funny tales of Chloe, her family and Mr Stink the tramp. This book would be more suitable for children in KS2 and I think they will understand the comedic value in this story. However, beneath the surface, there are many deeper issues ...more
Elham
هرچند کتاب در مجموعه ی کتاب کودکان قرار گرفته اما من واقعا در حیرتم کدام مادر یا پدری به فرزند دلبندش اجازه ی خواندن چنین مطالبی را می دهد. البته متن کتاب در نسخه ی فارسی
ان تلطیف و مهذب شده و این حقیقتا ریشه در ادب ایرانی دارد. متن انگلیسی بسیار سخیف و بی ادبانه است. به هر حال موضوع داستان ارزشمند بود ولی بیان کتاب جای بحث دارد.
Ruthanne
Jun 13, 2011 Ruthanne rated it really liked it
12 year old Chloe Crumb has a hard time making friends and her home life isn't any better. Her mom is too busy with perfecting her little sister and running the house like some posh estate. Chloe soon befriends the town tramp, Mr. Stink, one day. Mr. Stink and his dog, Duchess, smell very bad and nearly everyone in town avoids them. Mr. Stink doesn't seem to mind his wanderer ways nor his smell. Chloe grows concerned when the weather gets colder and invites Mr. Stink to stay in their shed. Chloe ...more
Beth
Sep 01, 2012 Beth rated it it was amazing
"Mr Stink stank. He also stunk. And if it was correct English to say he stinked, then he stinked as well…”

This is the opening line of Mr Stink by David Walliams and as it made me laugh quite a lot even from that, so I knew I’d enjoy the rest.

The book was a recommendation from my 11 year old step son, who said that he thought the only books worth reading were written by David Walliams and I couldn’t argue with praise like that!
The story follows the journey of 12 year old Chloe, who at school is
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Andrew
Jun 08, 2013 Andrew rated it it was amazing
Mr Stink

David Walliams
Illustrated by Quentin Blake

Mr Stink is not a short book with over 200 pages and is suitable for the older primary school pupil. Walliams has rapidly become one of the best selling children’s authors in the world and the clever illustrations by Blake remind the reader of the Dhal books. In Mr Stink, the books heroine, Chloe is a podgy eleven year old girl, unhappy in her public school, with a snobby little sister and harsh social climbing mother and a hen pecked father. Chl
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Louise
Oct 14, 2013 Louise rated it liked it
Mr Stink is a humorous story about a a young girl Chloe who befriends a tramp, Mr Stink as she is having a tough time with friends at school and feels Mr Stink could do with a companion too. After the revaluation Chloe's Mum, (who is running to become a MP) that all homeless people should be driven off the streets and out of the town, Chloe feels sorry for her new friend, Mr Stink and decides to hide him in her garden shed. Chloe and Mr Stink's friendship grows as they sit together writing Vampi ...more
Antony Tills
Oct 31, 2013 Antony Tills rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think this book is fantastic! I enjoyed it from start to finish, Walliams has done brilliant writing, same as he does brilliant tv. His work is highly inspired by Roald Dahl, though this book isn't as cheeky or mischievous, it is backed up very well by Blakes' artwork.

The story starts with a lovely little girl named Chloe. Coming from a very rich background but having the innocence that all children have and an interest to learn about the world. She finds herself drawn to a local homeless man,
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Ashley Chance
Nov 30, 2012 Ashley Chance rated it it was amazing
‘Mr Stink’ is a wonderfully written tale of a young girl called Chloe who befriends a witty tramp called Mr Stink. The two have a lot in common as both are incredibly lonely. Chloe is fed up of her mundane lifestyle and decides to move Mr Stink into the family’s garden shed. This does not go down too well with her Conservative MP running Mother, who would rather ban tramps or “soap-dodgers” as she calls them, from her streets.

Walliams is a comical genius, as the book is not just an enjoyable rea
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Amy
Nov 27, 2012 Amy rated it really liked it
Mr Stink is about a young girl called Chloe. She is bullied at school and has no friends. It also becomes apparent that she doesn't fit in with her family either.
One day walking through the park, Chloe encounters Mr Stink, the local tramp. She has a chat with him as she is curious about him, she begins to imagine what caused him to become a tramp in the first place. She comes up with lots of comical ideas.
Her mum is running for local MP and one of her policies is to get rid of all the tramps, o
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Francesca Porter
Sep 08, 2013 Francesca Porter rated it really liked it
Chloe is bullied at school, at home she is outperformed by her younger sister Annabelle, and she hates Christmas! Chloe has one secret love and that is to imagine and write stories some which her mother doesn’t approve of. Chloe’s mother, Mrs Crumb (pronounced Croombe), is a snob, obsessed with the royal family and despises anything that might associate the family with being common or poor; Mrs Crumb is also running to be the local MP and has un-realistic ideas about how to deal with the homeles ...more
Ruby Tuesday
Dec 04, 2013 Ruby Tuesday rated it it was amazing
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On Goodreads there's a December 2013 challenge to read a children's book. I intend to read one from my childhood and also one I've never read before. I love Roald Dahl and as David Walliams style of writing is considered very similar, I thought I'd read this book. I adored it and as a child I can imagine that I would have devoured each and every one of his books in quick succession.

This book is about a lonely little girl called Chloe who befriends the local tramp, known as Mr Stink. She ends up
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Siva Nachiappan
Mar 30, 2016 Siva Nachiappan rated it it was amazing
Mr Stink, by David Walliams, is a book about the concept and theme of friendship. The main character, Chloe is a very lonely girl. But one day, she meets the other main character, Mr Stink, a local tramp who lives on the street with a secret about his life he will tell Chloe after their friendship, but before that, Chloe askes Mr Stink to live in their shed, keeping another secret from her family.I would recommend this book to ages 8-13. I liked this book a lot because it shows the true meaning ...more
Jessica Harper
Oct 19, 2013 Jessica Harper rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is about one of the loneliest girls in the world until she meets Mr Stink, the local tramp. Chloe is a twelve year old girl who hates school as she is bullied by the cool girls. Chloe is having a tough time and Mr stink is the only person who’s ever been nice to her! When Chloe thinks Mr Stink may be driven out of town because of her Mum’s (whose running for MP) actions, she decides to hide him in her shed. Eventually Chloe’s mum finds out she’s been hiding Mr Stink.

The book explores m
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Olivia
Jun 03, 2016 Olivia rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book and it was rather humorous. It definitely is a good children's book and kids will definitely enjoy it or love it! I found it a tiny bit rude at some points but that is something kids will giggle about! I liked this book and children should read David Walliams books, if they haven't already.
Anna Kļaviņa
3.5 stars

I bought this book because: I like David Walliams, Quentin Blake's illustrations and summary sounded interesting.

The story of nearly 13 year old Chloe and her friendship with the local homeless man Mr Stink is told in silly manner full of exaggeration but it does work.

I don't know if it is intentional or not but Walliams style is similar to Roald Dahl's but original on its own too.
Jackie Mc
Another funny brilliantly original thought provoking tale by David Walliams that is a delight to read. With outstanding illustrations Roald Dahl would love. Read it you will enjoy it.
Kátia Cristina
Aug 29, 2015 Kátia Cristina rated it it was amazing
Another one which should get 6 stars. If you have children, you should read it to them.
Rakel
May 10, 2016 Rakel rated it it was amazing
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6/5 stars.

Este libro es una maldita y maravillosa joya, obra de arte y preciosidad absoluta que me ha dejado impresionada. Nos quedamos en lo básico para la literatura infantil, con los cuatro nombres de siempre, existiendo señores como este que escriben libros TAN necesarios para niños. Gracias, gracias y mil gracias a quien me recomendó este libro en su día.

Y leedlo. Leedlo. Leedlo aunque no seais de literatura infantil, a este señor lo llaman el nuevo Roald Dahl y lo hacen con razón. Quiero
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Sadaf Hussain
Jun 02, 2016 Sadaf Hussain rated it it was amazing
Mr Stink was called Mr Stink for a reason and this was quite literally because he stank. Not just an unpleasant smell but a true nasty stink. He couldn’t help it because he was a tramp and so Walliams introduces us to the not so nice elements of society.
We are also introduced to Chloe, a lonely young girl who against all odds not only befriends Mr Stink but then hides him in her garden shed. She finds Mr Stink becoming her closest friend and ally and at the same time realises there is more to M
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Lavinia
Oct 04, 2015 Lavinia rated it it was amazing
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 stor
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David Walliams is an actor and writer best known for his work with Matt Lucas in the multi-award-winning sketch show Little Britain. His debut children's novel, The Boy in the Dress, was published in 2008 to unanimous critical acclaim and he has since developed a reputation as a natural successor to Roald Dahl.
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