Stinkbomb and Ketchup-Face and the Badness of Badgers

By John Dougherty

From the back cover

Welcome to the kingdom of Great Kerfuffle!

Great Kerfuffle is really great. And there’s usually a kerfuffle (the clue’s in the name really). This particular kerfuffle started the day Stinkbomb’s twenty dollar bill went missing. Stinkbomb and his little sister Ketchup-Face know exactly who took it: the badgers. After all, they’re called badgers because they do bad things; otherwise they’d just be gers.

They bring news of the badgers’ treachery to King Toothbrush Weasel (don’t get us started on the story behind his name…), who sends them on a quest to rid the land of badgers. What follows is a full on kerfuffle-fest, containing: one deep dark forest, a grocery cart in distress, a song about jam-and, of course, a band of very tricky badgers.

Be prepared to laugh your socks off, and maybe your ears, too.

My thoughts…

This was a very funny, cute read. The plot goes in many random directions while maintaining a light, silly atmosphere. As an adult, I am not ashamed to say that I found myself giggling sometimes while reading it.

In a gist…

Extramarital Love/Relationship

None

Violence

None

Profanity

Ketchup-Face calls her brother an idiot and a “stupid frog-flavored envelope” in chapter 21.

Smoking/Intoxicants

None

Degradation of Family/Islamic Values

None

Positive messages

A nice big brother-little sister relationship is portrayed where they go on a silly adventure and work towards the same goal.

Final Verdict

The funny, easy-to-read nature of the book makes it a great choice for reluctant readers and young children in general.

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