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Mr. Stink Paperback – October 14, 2010


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 730L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Razorbill; Original edition (October 14, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595143327
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595143327
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #999,477 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Grade 3–6—A lonely 12-year-old girl and a local tramp hit it off, and thus begins this delightful tale. Perhaps Chloe would not need to turn to Mr. Stink (he bathes once a year) if her overbearing mother accepted her for who she is and did not seem to prefer her sister. Chloe, however, is very good at taking people for who they are. She provides Mr. Stink with shelter, food, and friendship, and in the process unburdens herself to him and learns his secrets. This British import is reminiscent of Roald Dahl's books in its silly, exaggerated storytelling, and while some words may be unfamiliar to American readers and the ending is a bit melodramatic, the characters are appealing, the situations are hilarious, and the plot moves quickly. Blake's charming illustrations appear throughout.—Mariela Siegert, Westfield Middle School, Bloomingdale, IL
(c) Copyright 2011.  Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

From Booklist

*Starred Review* Not to put too fine a point on it, but Mr. Stink stinks! “He was,” author Walliams tells us, “the stinkiest stinker who ever lived.” Why? Well, perhaps it’s because he is homeless—unless you can call the old wooden bench on which he spends all his time a home. No one ever speaks to him until the day that a sweet-natured little girl named Chloe says hello. This sets in motion a series of often hilariously funny events that involve not only Chloe but her politically ambitious mother, her insufferable younger sister, a pompous television host, and even, yes, the prime minister himself (who turns out to be pretty insufferable, too). Walliams—a British comedian-actor-writer—has a gift for crafting memorable scenes and, in the person of Mr. Stink, has created a delightfully offbeat character who may have a secret past. The cheerfully rude tone that informs most of his story takes a sharp—and rather jarring—turn for the sentimental at the end, but young readers won’t care, while readers of all ages will be thrilled by the in-a-word perfect illustrations of the great Quentin Blake (who else could draw a picture of stink?). Grades 4-7. --Michael Cart

More About the Author

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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They are fun for him and his parents to read.
Deborah
I am 37 and I bought this book for myself after having read Walliams' autobiography and I absolutely loved it.
KariMoggy
Very British humour, good for kids who "feel different".
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By MRS HB Venter on January 16, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
I absolutely loved this book with all my heart. It is about a tweve year old girl who meets a friendly homeless man. They become good friends and as Chloe understands him through their friendsip se realises he isnt all just a silly old tramp but indeed much more...

There was so much emotion in this book at one stage I was laughing my socks off and yet towards the end I cried!!!!!! I honestly thought I could smell Mr Stinks smell through the pages and found Chloes mothers ideas ridiculous but still terribly humourous. This book brings a joy to anyones face of any age and i say thank you to David Walliams yet another masterpiece!!!
Hannah 12
xoxoxoxoxo
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By KariMoggy on December 21, 2013
Format: Paperback
I admit it. I am 37 and I bought this book for myself after having read Walliams' autobiography and I absolutely loved it. The story is funny, sensitve and heartwarming. I could not put the book down until I had read it to the end. Wonderful.
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By AJ on November 27, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Mr. Stink was a hilarious read! I absolutely loved it. Makes a great Christmas or birthday gift. David Walliams is definitely a talented writer and this book SHOULD be read.
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By heta taylor on November 25, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This book is easy to read out loud and my daughter loved the story. The message was great and the ending was wonderful.
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By Macca on November 15, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
The second of David Walliams' books. It is not just an enjoyable read for young children but one to be enjoyed by adults as well.

I read this in parallel with Walliams' autobiography and could see elements of his childhood being drawn upon in this story. Fascinating!

His writing is not only humorous, but moving and sensitive. The plight of homeless people and common misconceptions, prejudices and stereotypes are the backbone of this story and there are lessons here for us all.

While not at all a fan of the 'Little Britain' series, I am a huge fan of David Walliams' books. They are receiving unprecedented critical acclaim, often drawing comparisons to those of his all-time hero, Roald Dahl. Dahl's illustrator, Quentin Blake, even illustrated the the first two of Walliams' books.

I'm hooked on this author...looking forward to the next one!
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By Ellen Cadzow on October 25, 2013
Format: Paperback
I love this book it is my favorite book in the world. It is so good their is not much to say about it but it is awesome
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The book is not only extremely funny (my 7 year old son has been reduced to hysterics by some bits), but also sensitively deals with issues like bullying, poor self esteem, the importance of being yourself, and judging others which has provoked some really positive discussions between my son and I. This is children's books at its best.

Highly recommended.
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