Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Stinky Cecil in Operation Pond Rescue” as Want to Read:
Stinky Cecil in Operation Pond Rescue
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Stinky Cecil in Operation Pond Rescue

(Stinky Cecil #1)

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  168 ratings  ·  53 reviews
Cecil is a toad. A toad busy doing what any other toad does with its days--judging the pond splashing contest (Reggie the fly is usually the honorary winner by dint of his five-day lifespan), or visiting his friends, Jeff the free-range hamster, Rayray the lizard, Jeremy the worm, or Sprout the frog. And, of course, trying to keep clear of the local hawk.

 But when Cecil di
Paperback, 128 pages
Published February 3rd 2015 by Andrews McMeel Publishing
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Stinky Cecil in Operation Pond Rescue, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Stinky Cecil in Operation Pond Rescue

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 3.92  · 
Rating details
 ·  168 ratings  ·  53 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Start your review of Stinky Cecil in Operation Pond Rescue
Wayne McCoy
Feb 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
'Stinky Cecil in Operation Pond Rescue' is a hilarious graphic novel for young readers featuring a pretty humorous cast of animals. I liked the story and I think young readers will too.

Stinky Cecil is a toad with a bunch of different animal friends like Jeremy, a worm, Rayray, a lizard, Reggie, a limited lifespan fly, and Jeff, a free-range hamster with his own remote controlled car. When the animals realize their home is in the path of bulldozers, they take an all stops out approach to saving t
Miss Kelly
Apr 30, 2018 rated it liked it
This is a kids graphic novel. It was okay. It does have a nature/outdoor save the enviroment theme which I enjoyed. I think J boys and girls who tend to be reluctant readers may enjoy this series.
Easy reading and big, bold illustrations.
Jan 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: jgraphic
This just tickled my funny bone!
Ms. Yingling
Feb 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Cecil is a toad who lives in a pond at the edge of town with his friends Sprout (a frog), Jeremy (a worm), Rayray (a lizard) and Reggie (a fly with a five day life span). After visiting Jeff the free-range hamster in his luxurious treehouse and getting picked up by a hawk, Cecil sees that there is a freeway coming right towards his habitat. Gathering his friends (including Jeff with his spiffy radio controlled car), Cecil tries to stop the construction in various ways, all of which prove unsucce ...more
Darcie Saunier
Apr 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: j-fic
This is a really great graphic novel! I love the animal characters acting so human. I usually don't care for graphic novels, but this one was really good. Humorous dialog for all ages, wonderful illustrations, and a good plot. I hope there are more Stinky Cecils in the works! I read it and then passed it off to my 11 year old son. It was below his reading level, but he really enjoyed the humor. As a children's librarian, I'll definitely recommend it to my patrons!
Mar 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Written by my good friend Paige Braddock, of Jane's World and Peanuts fame, Stinky is a clever, funny, heart-warming children's book. I challenge any child to not fall in love with Stinky and his friends.
J.L. Slipak
Feb 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It’s springtime at Cecil’s Pond and everything is coming alive: the flowers, grasses, insects, and butterflies. The marsh around the pond is all in bloom. Poor Nesbit (the chameleon) is overwhelmed by it all. He sees all the change as unsettling chaos!

Nesbit grew up in a pet store before moving to the pond. He has no idea what it’s like to live in the wild or where he fits in the chain of life. Cecil and his pond pals will have to help Nesbit along on his journey of self-discovery.


Sarah Hyatt
May 12, 2020 rated it did not like it
I read this out loud to my kids and there really is something to be said about reading things aloud -- it exposes all the flaws. This was a pretty miserable read aloud. I finally was able to place why: none of the dialogue connects. It feels unnatural, but more than that, it doesn't flow easily. I don't generally enjoy reading comic books but we've been loving Dog Man, proving that comic books aren't always miserable read alouds -- however, this one was. Too many asides that were not funny and j ...more
Erika Gentry
Aug 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
My 3rd grader won this graphic novel (1st in a series) when his name was drawn after writing a summer book report and submitting it @ our public library. He gave it 3.5 stars - he said some of it was hard to understand (we read it together). I would give it 4 stars-loved how random pond animals (and a hamster) try to save their pond from being destroyed by a construction crew. Good humor and some random science facts embedded throughout. Lots of facts provided at the end. Good for 1st-5th grader ...more
Chrissy Ellin
Feb 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-to-rhys
My 6 year old son is now giving me book suggestions and he said this one was a must read...he was right! These wacky characters had me constantly laughing out loud and I was pleasantly surprised by the environmental message towards the end. Super silly and so much fun, this was a great palate cleanser before diving into another one of my dramatic adult reads.

Jan 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Stinky Cecil and his friends try to save their pond from a building project that will ruin their home.

The bright colors and humor make this a quick and fun read.
Feb 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 3rd-grade
Ha! Ha! This graphic novel is too cute. I laughed out loud a few times. Not only is it funny, but it is informative...especially at the end. I think the kids are going to enjoy this one.
Chloe Kim
Aug 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It's such a funny story, I loved it!! - Chloe, age 7
A great intro to graphic novels! Both kids laughed throughout the book - Mom
Amanda Brooke
I had so much fun reading this with my son. Lot's of laughs.
Mary Anne
Oct 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids-graphics, steam
Cecil, a stinky toad and his pond mates have to find a way to save the pond from being paved over for a highway. Funny!
Miss Sarah
Nov 17, 2017 rated it liked it
This early graphic novel was a fast and cute read. About Cecil and his pond friends trying to save the Pond was construction. cute humor. early elementary.
Apr 18, 2018 rated it liked it
Cute story.
Apr 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This children's graphic was hi-larious! I picked it up because of the cover/title and was not disappointed.
Tara Ethridge
May 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Kids of all ages will love this graphic novel. Witty and funny for the older readers who will get the jokes and a good plot of saving the animals’ pond is great for all the readers.
This is a brilliant comic strip story book starring Cecil the toad who is friends with a whole bunch of other animals who live in and near his pond. Whilst visiting one these friends, Jeff the hamster, Cecil is captured by a hawk who flies off with him over his pond. That was when Cecil sees the freeway project heading straight for the pond! How Cecil escapes from the hawk and gets the animals to work together to try to stop the project is the theme of the story. It is humorous with brilliant il ...more
Apr 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Braddock, P. (2015). Stinky cecil in operation pond rescue. Kansas City, MO: Andrews McMeel.

Ages 6-8

A frog, salamander, worm, frog, hamster, and fly learn that a highway is going to be built through the middle of their pond. The characters set off an adventure to stop construction and save their pond. The story follows the characters through many adventures; a diving contest, making friends with the hawk who wants to eat them, riding in a motorized car driven by a hamster, and multiple attempts
Becky B
Stinky Cecil goes to visit his friend Jeff the free range hamster in his tree when a hawk swoops by and snatches Cecil for lunch. From his aerial view, Cecil notices that a freeway building project is moving in on his beloved pond. He stinks his way out of the hawks claws and hops back to his friends to warn them about the impending doom. Can they figure out a way to stop the trucks?

Cecil and his friends are a bit of a wacky group, but that does make them fun to hang out with for a little while.
Amy Holland
Jun 10, 2015 added it
Shelves: 2015, j-comics

Cecil, a frog, and his pals (including a worm, fly, salamander, and hamster-looking thing) are dismayed to discover construction vehicles near their pond. Rumor has it that developers want to pave over the pond to make way for something bigger and better, but then where would Cecil and his friends go? They try a variety of sabotage techniques to shut the operation down: letting the air out of tires; having Jeff (the hamster-looking thing) chew through electrical wires; and having the resident ha
I've often thought that it's too bad animals and plants can't rise up against those who ravage their environment. Instead, they must depend on humans to fight for them. This graphic novel imagines that that a very stinky toad named Cecil does just that, enlisting his friends after he spots a construction project near the pond where they all live. At first, their efforts to stop the construction go nowhere, but then, fate steps in the form of a scientist who knows an endangered species when she s ...more
Mar 30, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens, comics
Mixing humor and information, Stinky Cecil in Operation Pond Rescue finds 4 friends, a toad, a lizard, a worm, and a frog, fighting to save their pond! After Cecil, the toad, discovers a construction site that’s headed straight for the pond he calls home, he enlists the help of a free-range hamster and a hawk to find a way to stop the humans from destroying the land. Braddock uses humor to engage the reader while slipping in information about amphibians, habitats, and conservation so that before ...more
Kelsey McLane
Poor Cecil. He just wants to play in the pond with all of his friends, having diving competitions and joking around. But when he is caught by the hawk, and sees construction starting in his home, he has to work together with his friends...and his come up with a plan to stop the construction vehicles from destroying their home!

This is a great beginning graphic novel for kids who are reluctant to read chapter books, and it also has a great message about animals and their habitats. Cec
Mar 17, 2015 rated it liked it
A bunch of pond residents spring into action when they discover a road-building project heading straight for their beloved home. Friends and former enemies work together to try to stop the gigundo machines. Each and every creature uses their special abilities whether it be their teeth, their stink, or their lack of arms to ensure that the ponds special food chain, or web of life, can continue uninterrupted. Young readers will enjoy the silly characters while learning at the same time.
Jan 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015
Loved this cute story with unique characters. After I read it I read it to my boys and they laughed out loud in parts, and asked to read it again. They read it again and talked about the characters after they were done. Definitely recommend this to any parent with children.

I was given this book in exchange for an honest review via NETGALLEY.
Feb 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A delightful book to read to children or grandchildren that encourages all of us to take care of our one and only planet. Colorful illustrations, hilarious characters including a toad, an earthworm, a fruit fly, salamander, and a little furry brown animal of unknown category who work together to save their home...a pond...from being paved over in asphalt.
« previous 1 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Readers also enjoyed

  • The Best of Iggy
  • Mighty Jack (Mighty Jack, #1)
  • From the Desk of Zoe Washington
  • InvestiGators
  • Little White Duck: A Childhood in China
  • The How & the Why
  • The Book of Ruth
  • Then Everything Went Wrong (Hilo, #5)
  • Stargazing
  • Best Friends (Real Friends, #2)
  • Dog Man: Fetch-22 (Dog Man, #8)
  • Science Comics: Robots and Drones: Past, Present, and Future
  • The Strangers (Greystone Secrets, #1)
  • The Koala Who Could
  • The Boy Who Crashed to Earth (Hilo, #1)
  • Room on the Broom
  • Peter & Ernesto: The Lost Sloths
  • AstroNuts Mission One: The Plant Planet
See similar books…
Paige Braddock is an Eisner-nominated artist and writer and the Chief Creative Officer at Charles M. Schulz Creative Associates. She has illustrated several Peanuts children’s books; her other graphic novels for children include the Stinky Cecil series. Braddock is publishing a new line of graphic novels for children with Viking Books for Young Readers titled, Peanut, Butter, & Crackers. The first ...more

Other books in the series

Stinky Cecil (3 books)
  • Stinky Cecil in Terrarium Terror
  • Stinky Cecil in Mudslide Mayhem!

Related Articles

Want to encourage young readers to keep up their reading habits? Look no further than this year's buzziest YA and middle-grade graphic novels....
54 likes · 14 comments