Stink: The Incredible Shrinking Kid. (Stink #1) Megan McDonald. Illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds. 2005. 112 pages. [Source: Bought]
First sentence: Shrimp-o! Runtsville! Shorty Pants! Stink was short. Short, shorter, shortest. Short as an inchworm. Short as a . . . stinkbug!
Premise/plot: Stink is the little brother of Judy Moody. (I recently reviewed the first book in that series.) He is SHORT and perhaps a wee bit gullible. When his older sister, Judy, tells him that he is in fact shrinking, he believes it and begins to see proof of it everywhere. But is he really shrinking? And is being short so horrible? (After all, he's just in second grade.) The book presents scenes at home and at school. There are a handful of illustrations throughout.
My thoughts: I enjoyed this one! I may have even liked it a little bit better than the first Judy Moody book. I liked seeing Stink become interested in history--even if it did start out as a homework assignment. Stink's newfound interest in James Madison was just fun to see!
Stink and James Madison were a lot alike. James Madison was from Virginia. Stink was from Virginia. James Madison had the name James. Stink had the name James! James Madison wore pants. Stink wore pants! Same-same!
I would recommend this one.
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