Stink the Incredible Shrinking Kid

By Megan McDonald

 

From the back cover

Shrink, shrank, shrunk!

Every morning, Judy Moody measures Stink and it’s always the same: three feet, eight inches tall. Stink feels like even the class newt is growing faster than he is. Then, one day, the ruler reads — can it be? — three feet, seven and three quarters inches! Is Stink shrinking? He tries everything to look like he’s growing, but wearing up-and-down stripes and spiking his hair aren’t fooling anyone into thinking he’s taller. If only he could ask James Madison — Stink’s hero, and the shortest person ever to serve as president of the United States.

In Stink’s first solo adventure, his special style comes through loud and strong — enhanced by a series of comic strips, drawn by Stink himself, which are sprinkled throughout the book. From “The Adventures of Stink in SHRINK MONSTER” to “The Adventures of Stink in NEWT IN SHINING ARMOR,” these very funny, homespun sagas reflect the familiar voice of a kid who pictures himself with super powers to deal with the travails of everyday life — including the occasional teasing of a bossy big sister!

In a gist…

The book has a very good sense of humour from beginning to end. I actually found myself smiling from time to time and enjoyed my read overall. It’s cute in the sense of older sister-younger brother relationship where tricks are played and innocent fun is portrayed. My 8-year-old bookworm found the little fact about shrinking at night quite interesting, which I liked, a little science casually inserted in an interesting fashion. I liked how the book ended on a positive note of acceptance of one’s appearance. I also liked how the book was mostly family-oriented. It was always a disturbing thought for me that the family figure is being outdated and replaced by the idolization of self and peers. I always try to find family-oriented books for my children and this one did not disappoint.

Extramarital Love/Relationship

None.

Violence

Judy accidentally drops a newt down the kitchen drain and turns on the garburator. It’s written with light humour and devoid of graphic description.

Profanity

None

Smoking/Intoxicants

None

Degradation of Family/ Islamic Values

None

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