Author(s): Megan McDonald
Croak! Squeenk! Ribbet! After a close encounter with a mutant amphibian makes him freaky for frogs, water-shy Stink becomes a swimming success. Stink may be super smart, and Stink may be uber clever, but he's been in the Polliwog swim class frog-ever and he still can't bear to put his face in the water. Why would he want a geyser up his nose, on purpose? But then something weird happens: Stink starts to see frogs everywhere - in the changing room, in his boot, in the bathtub. And when a freaky blue frog licks his arm, his froggy senses start tingling! He has an urge to slurp up raisins (that look like flies). He can't wait to play in the rain and mud. He's a whiz at identifying frog calls. And he has become very interested in the local frog population. Could it be that Stink is turning into...the amazing Stink-Frog, fighter of slime? Pree-eep! Craw-awk! 2013 is the year of the Stink relaunch - a new cover look is being introduced with this new novel and will encompass the entire backlist. As with so many of the Judy Moody and Stink books, there are strong educational elements in the story. Stink learns about habitat and what the changing landscape means for animals we generally take for granted. A frog count and learning the calls of various frogs are included. Children who are learning or struggling to swim will appreciate Stink's personal challenge.
Megan McDonald is the creator of the popular and award-winning Judy Moody and Stink series. She is also the author of three Sisters Club stories, Ant and Honey Bee: What a Pair! and many other books for children. She lives in Sebastopol, California. Peter H. Reynolds is the illustrator of the Judy Moody and Stink books and the author-illustrator of The Dot, Ish, So Few of Me, The North Star and Rose's Garden. He lives in Dedham, Massachusetts.