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4.22  ·  Rating details ·  8,245 ratings  ·  588 reviews
Chloe is heel erg eenzaam. Dan ontmoet ze meneer Stink. Hij is de enige die aardig is tegen haar, ook al stinkt hij een beetje. Meneer Stink heeft een plaats nodig om te wonen en daarom verstopt Chloe hem in het tuinhuis. Chloe heeft dus nu een geheim. En van het ene geheim komt het andere. Het worden hilarische toestanden met meneer Stink in het tuinhuis. En of Chloe's mo ...more
Paperback, 269 pages
Published 2010 by HarperCollins Children's Books (first published 2009)
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Michael Finocchiaro
Ever book of David Walliams surprises me and kids again and again. Mr Stink starts absolutely hilarious and had my kids giggling and guffawing (particular when Mr Stink goes on TV!) and then had them bawling in one of the most emotional, touching endings of a children's book I have read since Charlotte's Web (for which I admit, I wept and wept when I read it 4 decades ago at their age). It is extremely well-written with humor and a crystal-clear moral lesson that I could not agree with more. An ...more
P-eggy
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
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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James
Jan 31, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
‘Mr Stink’ (2009) and ‘Gangsta Granny’ (2011) – both entertaining and amusing novels from the now very commercially successful pen of David Walliams.

Both stories very much influenced by and written in the tradition of Roald Dahl and whilst both stories are good ones, Walliams ultimately lacks the flair, finesse and magic of Dahl at his best. ‘Gangsta Granny’ and ‘Mr Stink’ both have a very contemporary setting (which may swiftly date them and affect their longevity and shelf-life) and both have
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Alison
Aug 22, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Pyae Phoo
Sep 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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A_Ryan
Aug 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 Stars! A fabulously funny look at kindness and empathy

The best bits: This was a great read-aloud class book. The children laughed heartily at David Walliams' wordsmithery, and the vivid characters peppered throughout this tale.

Some of my kids asked if the parallels between Chloe's mother and Donald Trump were intentional, and while we all had a great laugh at the brilliance of that observation, I must admit we began to see the implications of each character's actions in a sometimes more s
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Brad
So 2017 is the year my little Scoutie has started finding her own books.

Being the great book pusher that I am, I have slowly and meticulously made all three of my kids book junkies, feeding them the drugs I thought would best insure their addictions. The twins have long been lost to the books, off in their own worlds, chasing their highs in shabby little used book dens, occasionally scrounging together enough for a purer hit from a flashy dealer, but not beneath pulling used books out of dubious
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Clare O'Beara
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
Aoife
Oct 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Isaac Nathaniel
Aug 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thought that this book was really good because it shows what a difference you can make by helping other people.
Antony Tills
Sep 04, 2013 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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Grace
Oct 04, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

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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Bridie Atkinson
Jan 25, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Tea
Mar 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love David Walliams' books I know they are meant for children but they are so filled with emotion. proper heart felt, eyes leaking emotion.

Mr Stink is about a girl called Chloe who doesn't fit in anywhere. At home her parents prefer her sister Annabelle and at school she has no friends but a lovely bully. Until she meets Mr Stink.

I love this story so much because I guess for me its not a story my home life was pretty much the same And I have never had a friend even now... At school I was bull
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Millie Hodgson
Nov 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
it was hilarious I couldn't put it down
Bookish Devil
May 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mr.Stink is a gem of a character.

Hate David Walliams for making me cry bitterly towards the end. (yet again)
Hannah
Aug 18, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Mr Stink, was according to The Times, 'a delight', they also claim that the author; David Walliams is ' a new Roald Dahl'. Not to discredit Walliams, I personally would not compare him to a great author such as Dahl at this present time.

Mr Stink centers around the life of a 12-year-old girl named Chloe, who one day comes across a homeless man, who is described as 'the stinkiest stinky stinker who ever lived'. Mr Stink comes into the town where Chloe lives and sets up home on a wooden bench. A l
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Beth
Sep 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"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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Ashley Chance
Nov 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
‘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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Andrew
Jun 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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Bogdan
Sep 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my first book for kids over 8-9 years, that I fully read in albanian language. And I must say that it wasnt such a hard read. Yuppy for me!

The albanian editions looks very good, and because I saw on the internet that the author has made quite a fuss I buyed some five or six other volumes by him. And, surprisingly, one of them it`s a hardcover! I guess that the sales are really looking good in here, too. Anyway I was amazed by their number.

The author it`s a known actor and comic and I gu
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Beth
Feb 23, 2012 rated it liked it
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 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Siva Nachiappan
Feb 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 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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Shweta
Aug 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mr. Walliams is a hoot and his stinky Mr. Stink who stank is a delightful, breezy read. Some may even call it a joyful Christmas yarn and go gifting it around the said festive season. A few poignant moments will leave you misty eyed, but there's not a dull moment to be had. Sure, all problems are not neatly resolved at the end; (spoiler alert!) Mr. Stink does not become Mr. Clean OR Mr. Stink-a-little-less (or Stank-a-little-less if you want to be grammatically on point) (a real world touch to t ...more
Thea
Aug 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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VickyLye
Oct 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
it made me laugh but also had me hooked
Issy Britton
Sep 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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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