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|Eek, you reek! : poems about animals that stink, stank, stunk|
Author: Yolen, Jane
The malodorous melodies of poems calling out the different pungent attributes of a full cast of foul-smelling creatures.
Kirkus Reviews (+) (08/01/19)
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Booklist - 10/15/2019 Who knew there were so many colorful ways to describe stinky animals? In these amusing poems, Yolen and her daughter Stemple vividly describe a variety of animals that give off revolting smells. According to the bombardier beetle poem, The stink it expels / Like a squirt of bug mace / Is a big, boiling blast / In the predator's face. A millipede haiku states, This scared ball of bug / Sends you a cyanide gift / Smell my wrath and die. Other stars of the smelly show include, of course, the skunk, ferret, and stinkbug, but also less recognizable critters like the shore earwig, stinkpot turtle, and hoatzin. Nobati's big, bold, exaggerated illustrations make the fetid odors almost waft off the page. Back matter explains why these animals emit such awful smells, and offers facts about each animal, including smelly word glossaries and a foul-scented bibliography. Readers will be simultaneously laughing while they hold their noses through this fun read. The animals may stink, but the poetry certainly does not. - Copyright 2019 Booklist.