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Stink by Megan McDonald
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Nov 12, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: juvenile
Read in May, 2005

Judy Moody’s brother has his own book! Stink hates being short—his goal in life is to not be the shortest one in his class or his family. But he does come to realize that there are short people everywhere, and his favorite president is James Madison, partly because he’s short! The main event in the book, besides Stink’s obsession with being short, is the class newt: Stink gets to have him for the weekend. Part of the responsibility is to keep a journal, and Judy makes sure to let her brother know that this is an extremely boring pet. Things get a little lively, though, when the newt escapes!

This is a cute, quick read, a level below the Judy Moody books. Stink is an adorable character and Judy is the obnoxious sibling, so McDonald has proved to effectively write for her character. The only thing I found disconcerting was the whole book felt a little disjointed, but I doubt the kids will notice.

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