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When Stink, Sophie, and Webster discover that pet-shop owner Mrs. Birdwhistle has rescued 101 guinea pigs from a perfume-testing lab, they offer to help her find good homes for the critters. After persuasion, salesmanship, and even a road trip, the friends accomplish their mission This beginning chapter book carries on the series’ tradition with a high-interest topic, a fast-moving story, a reader-friendly format, and pleasing illustrations (some not seen). From the cheerful illustration on the cover to the final turn of events, which takes Stink by surprise, this will appeal to small-animal lovers looking for short chapter books. Grades 2-4. --Carolyn Phelan --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Shake!
Rattle!
Squeal!

Stink could hardly see as he carried a Leaning Tower of Cereal Boxes up to Webster's front door. "Ding-dong," he called out.

"Whoa!" said Webster. "C'mon in. Sophie's here, too. This is going to be the most fun ever."

"How many cereal boxes did you collect?" Sophie asked.

"Umpteen," said Stink.

"All I brought was Cheerful O's," said Sophie of the Elves. "My dad says they're heart healthy."

"Carrying all these boxes is notheart healthy," said the out-of-breath Stink. "Why couldn't we just use sugar cubes?"

"Stink, we're building the Great Wall of China! Do you know how long it would take to build a wall out of teeny-tiny cubes?"

"Well, it took hundreds of years in real life," said Stink.

"Ours is only going to take one day," said Webster.

Just then, Stink's giant stack of cereal boxes crashed to the ground.
"Somebody sure likes Mood Flakes!" said Webster.

"My sister, Judy," said Stink. "They change color when you pour milk on them."

"Weird!" said Webster.

"Interesting," said Sophie.

Stink pulled two shiny silver-gray rolls of tape out of his back pockets. "I brought super-sticky duck tape!"

"In our family, we call it goose tape," said Sophie.

Stink and Webster cracked up. The three friends lined up the cereal boxes in the backyard and goose-taped them together. "The Great Wall of Goose Tape!" said Stink. "Did you guys know that you can see the Great Wall from outer space?" He wondered if any aliens or martians would be able to see the Great Wall of Cereal Boxes when it was done.

"The real Great Wall is more than two thousand miles long," said
Webster.
"We have about a thousand miles to go," said Sophie.

Webster stood up. His arm was stuck to Sophie. Sophie's shoe was stuck to Stink. Stink's shirt was stuck to Webster's sleeve.

"Oh, no!" said Sophie. "We're stuck to each other."

"Don't worry," said Stink. "Friends should stick together."

When they finally got unstuck, Stink looked at the Great Wall. He
could not believe his eyes. The Great Wall was moving. The Great Wall was shaking. The Great Wall was quaking.

"Look!" he said, pointing.

"Why is it moving?" asked Webster.

"Maybe it's the wind," said Sophie.

"Does the wind go wee, wee, wee,wee, wee?" asked Stink.

All three of them heard the squeaking sound now. Wee, wee, wee,
wee, wee. "There it is again!" said Stink.

"Something's inside the Great Wall!"

"Sounds like a baby bird," said Sophie.

"Or a creepy rat," said Webster.

Stink and his friends crawled on hands and knees through the grass. Stink peered into an empty box of Mood Flakes at one end. A furry hair ball with dark brown eyes, a wet pink nose, and twitchy whiskers peered back at him. "All I found is . . . a guinea pig!" said Stink.

"I found one, too!" said Sophie.

"I found one, three!" said Webster.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 640L (What's this?)
  • Series: Stink (Book 4)
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick; Reprint edition (February 10, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763642347
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763642341
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 7.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #660,780 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

10 THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW ABOUT ME

10. The first book I ever wrote was about a hermit crab, inspired by a pet I once owned.

9. My favorite color is purple.

8. I love to read mysteries. When I was Judy's age, I read all 56 classic Nancy Drew books . . . in order! Jeepers!

7. I used to collect scabs so I could examine them under the microscope that I got for my 8th birthday.

6. My four sisters and I often made up our own language, which included the words "Hoidi Boidi", "oogey", "retzel crummypuss" and "poony-poony".

5. My favorite TV show is JEOPARDY!

4. To research my Sisters Club book, THE RULE OF THREE, I toured San Francisco in search of the ultimate cupcake. The winner: Sleepless in San Francisco. Think chocolate + coffee.

3. When I was a kid, I fell down a hill from chasing the ice-cream truck and had to get stitches.

2. When I was a librarian, I used to tell stories in sign language. That's how I got the expression "same-same" for Judy.

1. I share a birthday (February 28) with a famous princess, race car driver and gangster, a Rolling Stone, a French tightrope walker, and a winning racehorse named Smarty Jones.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By megartso on April 7, 2008
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My 8 year old daughter devours the Judy Moody and Stink books. Megan MacDonald cannot write them fast enough. These are excellent readers for those who are reading independently but may be hindered by smaller typeface. The books read quickly ( good for kids bad for moms who have to wait for the next book to come out). My daughter also thinks the books are hysterical. I always catch her laughing out loud in her room. Mrs. MacDonald has captured the attention of the younger reader with exciting and humorous text that kids can identify with while maintaining the the innocence of this age group! Two thumbs up! Highly reccomended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By N. Czaja on December 27, 2012
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I've been reading it aloud with one student. He enjoys Stink books, and so do I. I appreciate all of the information available on rescueing guinea pigs. We will be going to sites once we get back to school in 2013. We also researched the Great Wall of China and the Leaning Tower of Pisa. My student knew one, but not the other. I like the references to specific locals, the puns, plays on words, etc., that are part of the Stink series. My student doesn't really "get" them, but I take the time to explain them to him and some have become part of his vernacular. The Stink books need a reference guide to go with them for young people to peruse. If they do, they will find so many more interesting avenues to read and learn about.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Catharine on July 16, 2013
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I bought this for 5-year old grandson. He was bored with the reading. Not enough illustrations along with text for him. Doesn't read yet. I was fascinated myself. Thought it would be so much fun for him. Also bought freaky frog freak out because he is afraid to put his head underwater. Same response. I am sure he would have loved both with a few more illustrations. Maybe next year.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Samalama on April 9, 2013
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My 7 year old son Loved this book, it was easy and had him laughing out loud. It was an easy read for him, so he read it several times. it was a great little confidence booster.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Janet Kay Hnath on February 18, 2013
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Long ago, there was lush green meadows with trees taller than skyscrapers. Lushous fruit dangles from branches. I loved it.
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Not everyone is longing to build the Great Wall of China out of cereal boxes, but Stink and his buddies, Sophie and Webster, decide to give it a try. Their efforts are hampered by extremely sticky duct tape --- so sticky that the three friends end up taped together. When they manage to pull away from each other, they notice that the Great Wall is moving and making a "wee, wee, wee" sound. Hmm...peculiar. Upon investigation, they discover three furry little guinea pigs hiding in the boxes. Stink is quite smitten with the guinea pig he found, naming it "Astro."

Stink and the gang take the animals to Mrs. Birdwistle's Fur & Fangs pet shop, where they find a mob of guinea pigs running amok. The kids help capture them, as Mrs. Birdwistle explains that she rescued them from a lab --- and that there are 101 guinea pigs in all, including the three that escaped to tour the Great Wall of China. Mrs. Birdwistle wants to save the little rodents from the animal shelter where, if they're not adopted immediately, they'll be put to sleep. But now she has no idea how she will ever find homes for that many guinea pigs, so Stink and his friends offer to help. They start out by going door-to-door, asking Webster's neighbors to adopt new pets. However, the only interest they get is from Sam the Snake Man, who is probably looking for meals for his slithery serpents. E[...] Needless to say, that is not an option.

Rather than feeling depressed, though, Stink feels challenged. He comes up with a plan for Operation Guinea Pig, which begins with turning an old camper into the Piggymobile, a kind of guinea pig pet store on wheels. As the kids work together, they learn some fascinating facts about guinea pigs (for example, these animals see in color --- and their favorite color is green).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca Charlton on February 25, 2014
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Made a nice night time read aloud. I wish the book had a few more laughs, but it was mostly a some yet charming read. My boys enjoyed though
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rick Froh on January 13, 2014
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It is sooooooo good it is a good story all About stinnk finding A bunch of Guinea pigs and giving them to other people
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