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Stinky Cecil #3

Stinky Cecil in Mudslide Mayhem!

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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.

104 pages, Paperback

First published February 27, 2018

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Paige Braddock

73 books57 followers
Paige Braddock is an Eisner-nominated artist and writer and the Chief Creative Officer at Charles M. Schulz Creative Associates. She won a Children's & Family Emmy Award for her work on the Apple documentary, "Who Are You, Charlie Brown?" which won for outstanding nonfiction program.

Braddock has illustrated several Peanuts children’s books. Her other graphic novels for children include the series, Stinky Cecil with Andrews McMeel and Peanut, Butter, & Crackers with Penguin Kids. The third installment in the Peanut, Butter, & Crackers series, ON THE TRAIL, is out now.

She lives with her wife Evelyn and their two dogs and a cat in Sebastopol, California.

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Profile Image for Schizanthus Nerd.
1,137 reviews235 followers
March 29, 2018
Nesbit the chameleon grew up in a pet store so he doesn’t know what rain is. Cecil the toad is annoyed by Nesbit’s innocence about the way life works outdoors but Jeremy the earthworm has empathy for Nesbit. Usually the spring rain doesn’t cause any problems for the habitat but this year Cecil’s pond floods.

While Cecil always wanted a waterfront property he didn’t want his home to be under the water. Jeff the hamster arrives in a speedboat to help his friends. He’s seen something from his treehouse that may be causing the flood. The friends work together and with their new beaver friends, Bud and Patricia, to solve the problem as a team.

The importance of helping friends is demonstrated when Evelyn the caterpillar helps Nesbit early in the story and when Nesbit later helps Evelyn. Empathy is encouraged and solving problems by making sure that both sides are happy with the solution is explored.

Along the way young readers will learn facts about the different animals in the story and there are additional facts after the story about beavers and the lifecycle of a monarch butterfly. The illustrations are sweet and the colours are bright and cheerful.

I really liked Nesbit’s adorable naivety. A character with wide eyed awe at all of the new things they’re experiencing was a lovely addition to the story.

Favourite bit: “Pardon me. I thought you were lunch, but you’re a friend.” (Nesbit to Evelyn)

Thank you so much to NetGalley and Andrews McMeel Publishing for the opportunity to read this graphic novel.
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5,797 reviews122 followers
November 28, 2017
Cecil the toad, Nesbit the chameleon, Jeff the hamster and Jeremy the earthworm are in for an adventure. When it rains for a long period of time, the pond begins to rise. When the rain stops, the pond continues to rise and the animals are losing their home due to the high pond. They set off to investigate what the problem is. It turns out that a pair of beavers have moved in and created a damn. This is a great way to teach about beavers and their homes. The side story has Nesbit learning about butterflies and their stages of life. When Evelyn the caterpillar's chrysalis is in danger of being destroyed by the rushing water, Nesbit climbs the tree and breaks off the branch she is hanging on and takes her back to the pond habitat. A delightful adventure written in graphic novel form with wonderful illustrations. The back of the book contains information about beavers and the life cycle of the Monarch Butterfly. A good story that would be enjoyed by both young children and middle graders. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book via Netgalley.
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2,653 reviews82 followers
November 16, 2017
What better way to learn about beavers and the life cycle of butterflies then reading about silly Stinky Cecil and his friends.

This is a graphic novel for kids, and there is the Nesbit, the chameleon who comes from a pet shop, so doesn't know about living in the wild, so asks a lot of questions, that tell us about what life in the pond is like. He doesn't know what rain is, he doesn't know what about caterpillars and how they turn into butterflies, he doesn't know about much of anything. But the biggest mystery is why the pond is flooding.

And becasue these are all cartoons, they do not behave the way most animals in a pond would, not totally. I mean hamsters don't usually drive speed boats, and may flies don't really come back to life.

There are cute asides, such as characters saying that they should have more empathy.

All in all a cute way to introduce kids to some things that are true about life in the pond. Hopefully they can figure out which is real and which isn't. (hint, hamsters don't drive speed boats, or own speed boats, or have elevators in their tree houses).

Thanks to Netgalley for making this book available for an honest review.
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Author 1 book79 followers
February 4, 2018
An amusing, fun and educative book filled with colorful, vibrant and great illustrations. The storyline subtly draws you in and you find yourself going on this amazing yet learning adventure with all the great characters of this book. It’s fun and interesting, you get to learn all the cool things about the animals in this story.  We have Nesbit, Evelyn, Cecil, Bud and his wife Patricia,  Jeremy, Jeff and all the other cool characters of this story. Your kids get to learn all about these animals and their natural habitats, what they eat and what they like and many more interesting facts. This book is a treasure trove of knowledge, set in an amusing and fun package that would delight your kids, taking them on a fun adventure while learning.
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Author 3 books27 followers
February 24, 2018
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.


I received this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

Can we say… adorable? I absolutely loved this book. The humor was tongue in cheek endearing and the artwork was so sweet! I loved all the characters, and Cecil was the perfect Protagonist. My daughter reads this book over and over and I can hear her laughing in her room. Great entertainment and a perfect motivator for kids who struggle with reading. This graphic novel “delivers clever, accessible lessons for kids using bold, colourful illustrations that come to life on the page.”
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3,828 reviews22 followers
June 30, 2018
'Stinky Cecil in Mudslide Mayhem!' by Paige Braddock is the third volume in the funny graphic novel series for young readers, and that makes me happy.

Springtime is happening at Cecil's Pond and with it comes the rain. This is confusing to Nesbit the chameleon who grew up in a pet store. It's more concerning to Cecil as he sees the pond rising higher and higher. Before long, his house will be underwater. Is the rain causing the pond to rise, or something more sinister? And will Reggie ever get through one of these books without dying?

I liked this volume. The author keeps things fresh by introducing new friends and surprising twists with the old ones. It's apparently very handy to have a friend who is a hamster. The art is bright and cheery and fun, and this one is as good as previous volumes.

I received a review copy of this graphic novel from Andrews McMeel Publishing and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this graphic novel.
Profile Image for Paul Franco.
1,372 reviews11 followers
December 14, 2017
A new resident to the pond, a chameleon, is fresh from a pet store and doesn’t know anything, which Cecil finds annoying. More importantly, Cecil’s house gets flooded even though it’s no longer raining. You might be able to guess the reason before you see it.
Gophers being so industrious, it’s no surprise that particular animal has a boat. And a headlamp. And a fanny pack.
Cecil pretends to be smart, but he’d be a goner ten times over without his earthworm friend.
Hmmm, maybe Bigfoot is a giant beaver (not as random as it sounds).
A long sticky tongue IS easier than a fork, especially when you have no fingers.
So anyway, this is a story about cooperation and empathy, or lack of it. Cute and educational, with extra learning at the end.
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7,382 reviews94 followers
April 21, 2019
Cecil and his friends are getting worried because the level of the pond keeps rising and their homes are being threatened. Is the rising water just a result of the spring rains, or is something else going on?

A cast of cute critters introduce little readers to beavers and the metamorphosis of butterflies in this light mystery/easy graphic novel. The graphic novel format and the animals should draw in readers who may otherwise be reluctant to pick up a book. The mystery aspect leaves enough clues that kids should be able to figure out the mystery before the characters do. Recommended to animal lovers and reluctant readers.
6,028 reviews66 followers
December 3, 2017
If you want to educate children about the ways of beavers, and the life stages of a butterfly, it might be better done by something else - this features a chameleon who never changes colour and doesn't even try to eat flies, a hamster with an elevator in its tree, and more. Bright, wacky and daft all have a place, but this had too much. It's not offensively bad - it serves as a graphic novel for those very young and reluctant to read anything else - but I can't seriously recommend something as dodgily anthropomorphised as this.
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919 reviews14 followers
November 4, 2018
My biggest irritation about this book is they didn’t find someone to hand-letter it. The fonts look super cheesy and pasted on. Other than that, it’s adorable, thoughtful, and accessible to transitional readers. I’m buying it!
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3,284 reviews
May 7, 2019
When the spring rains cede and the water in the pond continues to rise, the animals homes are being washed a away in a flood. What or who is responsible? The animals will meet more creatures in their habitat- complete with science facts in the back!
76 reviews
August 21, 2018
Super cute art, sweet story and educational, too.
This entire review has been hidden because of spoilers.
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Author 3 books40 followers
April 10, 2018
*I received a digital copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*

The pacing of this book was quick and it suited the story perfectly. And it was FUNNY! All of the characters were great, but Nesbit was my fave.
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118 reviews2 followers
December 2, 2020
Kids loved the book. Great discussion on different perspectives and helping each other.
Profile Image for J.D. DeHart.
Author 12 books42 followers
November 20, 2017
Colorful, imaginative, and professional accomplished. This book even includes some science as a feature. I would gladly use this as a choice read with my students, as well as a read aloud for them. I can see young readers enjoying this book, with all its humor.
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303 reviews
November 28, 2017
Stinky Cecil is a frog, not sure what kind of frog since he apparently gives off an odor when he is scared and that is a type of frog I’m unfamiliar with. Anyway, he has a bunch of friends like a chameleon, a fly, a worm and many others.

The artwork is very cutesy and I liked it. I can see little kids enjoying the look of it too. The writing was simple and easy to understand. My only fault is at times spacial and time awareness was thrown out the window. For example, in the book the Jeremy the Worm and Stinky Cecil were sitting on the ground near the water but out of it. It then shows a few frames of them just talking, when all of a sudden they are now up to their necks in water and needing rescue. This isn't something a kid would notice or care about though so it’s a very minor issue although it happens several times in the book so it caught my attention.

Overall, I really liked it.

I got this as a free copy to read and review via #NetGalley. The copy I have has DRM, but I don’t know about the final product. I would assume it will have DRM as the others in the series do. So I have to subtract 1 point for the DRM.
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4,403 reviews22 followers
January 29, 2018
This fun book is a cross between a beginning reader and a graphic novel. Stinky Cecil is a frog and he has always wanted lakeside living, but when that lakeside becomes a flood, it will be up to this frog to figure out what is going on, and how to make things better.
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324 reviews17 followers
June 18, 2018
Stinky Cecil is in a bad place! The river bank is flooding and destroying houses! Cecil and friends g on a (minor) quest to find out why the river is overflowing it's banks and save the day.

This graphic novel was well enjoyed by my daughter and son. They really enjoyed the illustrations and learned a lot about diversity.and how different lifestyles can accommodate each other.
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