Academic journal article New England Reading Association Journal

Stink and the Incredible, Super-Galactic Jawbreaker

Academic journal article New England Reading Association Journal

Stink and the Incredible, Super-Galactic Jawbreaker

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MC DONALD, MEGAN (2006). Stink and the Incredible, Super-Galactic Jawbreaker. Illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds. Cambridge: Candlewick. ISBN 0763621587.

Stink is the little brother of Judy Moody, who first appeared in 2000 and already has a host of fans of her seven books, one collection and two companion activity books (not to mention a fantastic website and a Judy Moody doll). This is the second book devoted to Stink's unique perspective on navigating the world and a quirky older sister. Stink loves words and idioms, and he and Judy start right in using them as funny barbs as the book begins in a candy store where Stink wants to spend the wealth he has earned, but doesn't feel like being generous. He is especially excited about the jawbreaker that is being promoted with the most fantastic claims, which turn out not to be true as it gets smaller and smaller over many days to "teeny-tiny pea" size without breaking his jaw or even stretching his mouth. Stink gets mad and writes a letter of complaint for false advertising to the jawbreaker company. When the company responds by sending him a box of 21,280 jawbreakers, he gets an idea: he writes to a candy company, a toy company, even the city parks department, and complains about false advertising. …

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