Monday, April 19, 2010

Stink: Solar System Superhero

Stink: Solar System Superhero
by Megan McDonald
ill. Peter H. Reynolds
intermediate chapter book
realistic fiction
118 pages
Somerville, Mass. : Candlewick Press, 2010

Stink Moody is back and better than ever, trying to save Pluto from losing its status as a planet. Stink feels a certain kinship with Pluto as he is the smallest in his class as well and doesn't think anyone or anything should be picked on just because of their size. His class is divided on this problem of galactic proportions so the teachers tells them to organize their arguments and present them to the class. The class will vote and whoever wins will determine how their own class treats Pluto, no matter what the scientists say. As always the author tells a fun story that teaches the reader as well. This particular book has tons of information about the solar system and also demonstrates how a classroom debate might work. Some parents are turned off by the title characters name, but don't be. Stink (and Judy) Moody books area great for beginning chapter book readers.

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