Caramel loves picture books and big-format non-fiction books, but he is also reading some chapter books these days. This week he is talking about the first book in Megan McDonald’s Stink series: Stink: The Incredible Shrinking Kid, illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds. Sprinkles is taking notes and asking followup questions.
Sprinkles: So Caramel what do you want to tell us about this book? What is this book about?
Caramel: This book is about a boy named Stink.
S: Is Stink his real name?
C: No. It’s a name his big sister gave him. She is mean.
S: Yes, naming your little brother “Stink” is not a very nice thing to do, is it?
C: No. And she killed his class pet, too.
S: Wait, how did that happen?
C: It went down the drain!
S: So Stink, wait, what is his real name?
C: No idea.
S: Let us see. I’m sure we can figure it out. Hmm, look, here is the letter he wrote to the governor.
C: Yes. He signed the letter James E. Moody. So that must be his name.
S: But then why is the book called Stink?
C: His big sister calls him Stink.
S: Oh yes, and who is his big sister?
C: Judy Moody.
S: Yes, so maybe some readers will have met this little boy in the Judy Moody books, right? And in those books, everything is told from Judy’s perspective, and Judy thinks her little brother is annoying.
C: But this book is about the brother, and we read Stink’s own ideas.
S: Yes we finally get to meet this little person for real and see things from his perspective a bit. Do you like that?
C: Yes. But I have not read any of the Judy Moody books. Marshmallow has read many, but she has not yet reviewed any for this blog.
S: Maybe she will one day. But let’s get back to Stink. So this is a chapter book, so there are many different things that happen to James E Moody, right?
C: There are seven chapters, so seven different stories. But they are all about Stink.
S: Which one is your favorite?
C: I don’t know. They are all a little different. But they are also all about Stink wanting to grow taller.
S: Yes, I guess that is why the book is titled the shrinking kid. Because Stink thinks at the beginning that he is shrinking. Do you think that is really happening?
C: He shrank a quarter of an inch!
S: How could that have happened?
C: No idea.
S: What would you do if you found out you were shrinking?
C: I would be scared. I’m already small. I’m a little bunny.
S: Yes, that is true… Hmm. Tell me more about the book. Tell me about the pictures.
C: Many of the pictures are supposed to be drawn by Stink. I like them. They are funny.
S: Yes, I saw the one where the sink that the class pet disappeared in became a monster, according to Stink’s drawing.
S: So do you think this is a fun book to read?
C: Yes. I might even read it again and again. But now, it’s time to wrap things up.
S: Yes. So you have something to say, right?
C: Yes! Stay tuned for more book bunnies adventures!