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. Volume XXIII Number 8. . . .October 28, 2016
Stink, brother of the famous Judy Moody, and his friends are obsessed with zombies and are very excited about the coming of Book #5 in the series ‘Nightmare on Zombie Street’. And it will be presented at the town library with a Zombie Walk down the streets of their town. How exciting! Stink wants to be the first in line. At school, they are all working towards reading 1,000,000 minutes and looking forward to the surprise that is in store for them. So, as impatient as they all are, they must stay busy with school and working on costumes for their special night. Stink has one problem. He has no money to buy his book. This situation could be a serious problem because, on top of everything else he has to do, Stink must find a way to make money before Friday when the book comes out. First, he and his friend Webster try selling old toys, but they find that they are much too attached to most of them to let them go. A brilliant idea forms, and they are off to set up a table to sell, no, not lemonade, smells. Friday night arrives, and with so much excitement, Stink, and his family and friends head to the Zombie Walk.
Stink and the Midnight Zombie Walk is a delightful beginning to chapter books for young readers. Meagan McDonald has developed a realistic character in Stink, one that readers in grades 2, 3, 4 and beyond will feel a bond with – he’s just too funny and is never short of brilliant ideas. Sentences are shorter and less complex while the vocabulary may be a little more challenging for the youngest readers, but this chapter book meets the needs of readers over a greater age range. Younger readers can enjoy reading with someone else, and more advanced readers can experience the excitement on their own. Many illustrations by Peter H. Reynolds add interest and information, including a full page of ideas for Zombie after-school snacks.
Elaine Fuhr is a retired elementary and middle school teacher from Alberta.
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