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Stinkiest! : 20 Smelly Animals

Twenty smelly animals.

Extreme animals

Extreme animals.
Stinkiest! : 20 Smelly Animals
Publisher Info:
New York, New York : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company, [2018]
Physical Description:
40 pages : color illustrations, color maps ; 24 cm.
Extreme animals

Extreme animals.
Whew! -- Smellier than a skunk -- Stink bomb -- Scaly stinker -- Tangled up in goo -- Urrp! -- Take a step back -- Beetle defense -- Bombs away! -- Slinky and stinky -- Don't touch me -- Stink fight! -- Smoke screen -- Smelly act -- How does your garden grow? -- Bird farts -- Stinky protection -- Danger! -- Bug repellent -- Sour spray -- Stinkiest of all? -- Why do some animals smell bad?
Describes the odors that some animals have developed to stay safe and thrive in their environments, including the striped skunk, the bombardier beetle, and the honey badger.


Call Number
Material Type
JUV 591.47 JENK New or Popluar Book Juv Nonfiction

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Caldecott Honor winner Steve Jenkins is back with more Extreme Animals, perfect for young readers looking for accessible nonfiction chock full of incredible art. Stinkiest! will focus on the smelliest members of the animal kingdom.

Through illustrations, infographics, facts, and figures, readers will see how big each animal is compared to humans, where it lives on the globe, and just how putrid it can be!

With his signature art style, Steve Jenkins' Extreme Animals reader series explores nature's truly superlative animals. These readers are fact-packed and span the globe, detailing the astounding abilities of every shape, size, and species. Each installment focuses on amazing and unusual animals, making these nonfiction readers accessible, informative, and fascinating.

Author Notes

Steve Jenkins has written and illustrated many nonfiction picture books for young readers, including the Caldecott Honor-winning What Do You Do with a Tail Like This? His books have been called eye-popping, inventive, masterful, playful, irresistible, compelling, engaging, accessible, and informative. Visit Steve at .     

Reviews 3

School Library Journal Review

Gr 1-3-Jenkins offers an informative and lively journey into the world of stinky and speedy animals for primary grade students. Smart layout design in both volumes will make for a seamless reading experience for a variety of learners-fact-filled short paragraphs, maps, size comparison diagrams, and accurate illustrations will please browsers and researchers alike. In Stinkiest!, readers will learn that the honey badger uses a stink bomb if threatened and even birds are in on the smelly action-the hoatzin farts a lot and the female green wood hoopoe can spray a foul oil to deter predators. Speediest! is a solid mix of familiar and unexpected creatures: cheetahs and brown hares but also mantis shrimps and aardvarks. Both volumes are graced with Jenkins's signature torn- and cut-paper collage, which showcase a variety of bold colors and textures. Overall, the two titles have a playful and inviting tone that will be appreciated by kids. However, the majority of the titles cited in each book's bibliography are quite old with most published in the early 2000s but a few in the 1980s and 90s. VERDICT A riveting series for animal lovers and a good choice for science shelves.-Kathia Ibacache, Simi Valley Public Library, CA © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Publisher's Weekly Review

In this addition to the Extreme Animals series, author-illustrator Jenkins explores aromatic animals, leading with an irresistible question: "What animal is the smelliest of all?" Omitting strong odors actually serves a purpose for many species on the list, Jenkins explains-notably, as self-defense and to protect territory (predators don't want to be around or eat stinky animals). Mammals on the list include the honey badger, striped skunk, and ring-tailed lemur; bugs, sea creatures, and birds are also contenders: the hoatzin (aka, "stink bird") takes a long time to digest food, resulting in "a lot of smelly gas-bird farts." A purple sea slug called the sea hare, meanwhile, "protects itself by releasing toxic, bad-tasting purple ink." Jenkins supplies additional facts about the animals, making their stinky characteristics just one aspect of their biology; his trademark torn-paper collages offer realistic and distinctive visual texture for each animal subject. Also available: Speediest: 19 Very Fast Animals. Ages 6-9. (May) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Booklist Review

Close on the heels of Deadiest! (2017) and Trickiest! (2017), these volumes from the Extreme Animals series spotlight the world's fastest and smelliest creatures. Each single- or double-page entry includes several elements on a white background: a short paragraph of information, a picture of the animal, a pair of silhouettes indicating its size relative to a human body or hand, a global range map, and a fast fact feature pertinent to the book's topic. In addition to a glossary and bibliography, the back matter in each book includes a pertinent, eye-catching infographic. Stinkiest! is full of details that kids will want to share, such as the European roller chick's strategy of puking foul-smelling vomit when attacked. A diagram groups animals according to the purpose of their stench-related behavior, such as defending against predators or marking territory. Dynamic color illustrations in Jenkins' signature style, cut-paper collage, give the pages their undeniable visual appeal. With attractive pictures and fascinating facts, these early readers will interest young animal lovers.--Phelan, Carolyn Copyright 2018 Booklist