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Product Details

  • Paperback: 56 pages
  • Publisher: Castle Keep Press (August 5, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596636122
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596636125
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 7 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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About the Author

Gean Penny lives on a small horse farm in Texas with her husband, daughter, and several animals. During the spring and summer, she enjoys watching spiders spin webs in the nooks and crannies around the outside of her house. The idea for this book stemmed from a summertime spider bite. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Gean Penny was born in Buena Park, California. She is the author of several books for children. Gean has been writing since the age of seven when her poem won the opportunity of publication in the local newspaper. Gean Penny is the author of several books for children in the categories of picture books, easy readers and middle grade novels. Gean Penny Books is her publishing imprint.

Gean currently lives in Texas with her husband, daughter and several animals. She works as an instructor at a local college when she is not writing and has taught middle school at two different public schools.

Gean enjoys reading, writing, cooking, walking, horseback riding and spending time with her family and friends.

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I chose to give this book a five star rating for a children's book.
Derrick Elliott
This is a very interesting book for children and young readers who are about 3rd-5th grade.
cody hart
The story has not a lot of pictures but the writing is very well written.
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Format: Paperback
Arnold is a baby spider who is a week old. When his Grandma comes for a visit she brings special treats for her grandchildren. Through her visit it is discovered that Arnold has a stink problem and Arnold runs away.

This short story takes us through the adventures of Arnold as he trumps through a strange new land. A.K.A. the farm. I like how Arnold goes through and finds many new and sometimes, scary things. He is faced with life threatening obstacles and must make the right decisions to survive and find a new family.

I would recommend this to any young reader who has the want to read something a little bit longer than beginner but not quite as long as a tween's chapter book. It has an encouraging number of chapters that can give the child a sense of success upon completion.
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By Blake Anderson on July 1, 2014
Format: Paperback
No More Stinkbugs is about a young spider named Arnold, who runs away from his family because he gets shunned due to his stinky problem, after venturing off, Arnold finds a new friend which happens to be a pig. After being gone for a lengthy amount of time, Arnolds mother eventually reunites back with him and returns him back to the family.

Although this book is somewhat sad, it teaches children valuable life lessons about hygiene and how adventurous one can be. I liked this book because it requires the user to use their own imagination because there are not many pictures within the story, and it causes you to paint your own picture of what is happening. I would recommend this book to young readers who are trying to expand their vocabulary as it is quite lengthy for a younger reader. The great thing about this book is that it is a chapter book, and it will give young readers a great satisfaction knowing they completed all the chapters when they finished. I rated this book a five because I enjoyed the book and it had a good flow, and I feel that it teaches a big lesson at a young age.
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By hunter rankin on June 17, 2014
Format: Paperback
This book is the tale of a small spider that ventures out of his home on a farm because of his siblings bullying and pestering him about his smell, and how he comes into contact with the many different walks of life that would be found there.
This is an excellent and enjoyable book which is a wonderful transition into the world of chapter books, that still has some pictures for viewing pleasure. This would also be a great book for a child that is having problems with bullying. Overall I would say that this is a perfect book for anyone that wants to progress their kids reading level, without being to lengthy. It has fun characters, and is a very good read.
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Format: Paperback
"No More Stinkbugs" is about a little spider who discovers that bad hygiene can make no one want you around. This book centers on a little spider named Arnold, who inadvertently ate a chocolate covered stink bug. Due to the smell it left on him, he began a significant journey to find a place to stay where they wouldn't mind the smell.

The chapter book "No More Stinkbugs" is a good book in that it shows children how to be careful of what they eat. Also, it shows that good hygiene keeps people closer. Although he got his feelings hurt he shouldn't have run away, although it led to the discovery of his grandfather who went missing.
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By Anthony Allen on June 15, 2014
Format: Paperback
"No More Stinkbugs!" by Gean Penny is a story about a family of spiders that live under a step in a farm. They live a normal life as far as spiders go until one day they discover a horrid smell coming from Arnold, the tiniest spider. After being bullied by his sisters and brothers and ostracized by his mom, he runs away. While out he runs into all kinds of characters and gets into many zany situations.

I believe this is a book for children in the middle grades due to its advanced vocabulary and dialogue. With less pictures it requires kids to use their imagination more. Plus, with the added length it gives the author time to develop the characters more than ordinary picture books. This also allows for more description of the scenery and the background of the characters.
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Format: Kindle Edition
No More Stinkbugs is a children's chapter book about the power of words, and the bonds of friendship. When a young spider name Archie is made fun of by his brothers and sisters for his stinky feet, the young spider decides to runaway and find a new family. His mother forms a search party and leaves her eccentric visually impaired mother to watch after the other children. On his search for acceptance and a place to call home, Archie is turned away by a family of cows and then a family of horses. Finally Archie meets a family of pigs who instruct the young spider to go take a bath so as to remove the stench from his feet. Shorty after, Archie's mother reunited with her son at the pig family home. Archie and his mother and then reunited with Archie's thought to be dead grandfather who had been living with the pigs due to the stench on his feet. The pig family then take the spider family home reuniting the spider family.

I believe children will enjoy reading this story, although I have mixed feelings about the book. I appreciate that the story teaches its intended audience the power of words and the consequences that follow those words. I also appreciate the unique friendship between the pig and spider. However, I had issues with the lack of communication between several characters. Had the grandmother just put her pride aside and allowed her husband and daughter to talk to her,Archie and his grandfather would not have felt compelled to run away when their feet began to stink after they ate her stinkbug candy. Had the horse and cow families just communicated to Archie that he needed to take a bath, the young spider would not have felt compelled to continue his quest to find a family that accepts him.
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