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  • The winning story carries itself on spunk and a controlled vocabulary that combines judiciously chosen sight words (onion, gross) with easily sounded-out words (slimy slugs!) that will have emerging readers in stitches.
  • Davis colorful art makes Stinky and his swamp delightfully attractive to young readers. Her simplified graphic novel structure does hove some sophistication in panel placement, but the panels reading order is clear. Although the vocabulary may be too much for the younger children to read on their own, the repetition will have them quickly learning mucky, yucky, and gross.
    –Kat Kan, Booklist
  • I loved Stinky from start to finish; I ve probably read it a dozen times and suspect I will keep doing so for some time to come. Books like this bring back all the excitement and wonder I had reading books when I was younger, and I love how well Davis was able to bring that back in a heartbeat.
    –Greg McElhatton, Read About Comics.com


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