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No More Stinkbugs! Paperback – August 5, 2008

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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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 56 pages
  • Publisher: Castle Keep Press (August 5, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596636122
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596636125
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.1 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,070,351 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

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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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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The book No More Stinkbugs is about a little spider who stinks and gets messed with and made fun of by his brothers and sisters. The little spider can't take anymore of the tormenting so he runs away from home. along his journey he runs into several farm animals who all try and help him but can't bare the smell of him. The little spider is so sad and depressed until he meets a young pig who doesn't care about his smell because he smells to. The young spiders mother is worried sick so she seeks out to look for him. After she finally finds him and gets him to come back home it turns out the reason he stunk so bad was because of the candied stinkbugs his grandmother accidentally slipped into the batch.

My opinion of this story is that it was really good and kept my attention the whole time. I thought it was pretty funny how the grandmother swore that she didn't candy any stinkbugs but in the end that's what the problem was with the little spiders smell.

I think this story could benefit someone who is bullied or picked on by other people. It could show them that no matter what everyone else thinks there's someone out there who will accept you for who you really are. It could teach them that not everybody will judge you by the way you smell or the way you dress or look.

I rate this book four stars.
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By Dakota Casey on August 5, 2014
Format: Paperback
This book is about a young spider named Arnold, who is teased and shunned away from his family because he a big smelly problem. Arnold runs away knowing the consequence of adventuring out into the vast world on his own because of his family. He meets a new friend who solves his problem and returns to his family with this particular friend he met along the way.

Reading this book mad me feel sad because he was made fun of by his own family yet it keep me wanting to read more because he was journeying out on an adventure on his own knowing of the dangers that he will encounter in this big new world.The biggest thing I learned from reading this is friendship. No matter what you look like, how you act or even what you do, a friend will accept for who you are.

The reason I gave this book five stars is that it is a great book for kids who are maturing and growing up and looking for a new challenge. This book will give them a sense of accomplishment when they finish a chapter. This book will also help them develop a sense of imagination because there are very few pictures in the book. This book also teaches children about the importance of hygiene in a very safe way without discriminating kids who do stink.
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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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