Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Reviews

Stink and the Incredible Super-Galactic Jawbreaker

Stink and the Incredible Super-Galactic Jawbreaker

Megan McDonald
Illustrator:   Peter H. Reynolds 
Fiction  Series
For ages 6 to 8
Candlewick, 2006   ISBN: 978-0763632366

Stink has bought an enormous jawbreaker, a ball of hard candy that is so incredibly huge that it doesn’t even fit into his mouth. For a week, Stink licks his sticky treat. Then, when is it small enough, he sucks it. Finally, the jawbreaker is small enough to bite and Stink discovers that jawbreakers are a scam! They don’t break your jaw at all. This is false advertising at its worse!

Having just learned how to write a letter properly, Stink decides to write to the jawbreaker company to tell them that he thinks that they should change “the name jawbreaker to Super Non-Galactic Mouth Crayon.” The company responds by sending Stink a box of 21,280 jawbreakers. Delighted with this result, Stink decides to try writing letters to some other companies that have not, in his opinion, lived up to the promises that they made in their advertisements. As a result, he receives a box of microbots, a box of assorted candy, and even a free pass to the zoo. Stink is so caught up reveling in his good luck that he does not notice that he got a letter with “super-messy” writing on the front. It is only when it is too late that he discovers that this “Bor-ing” letter was very important indeed.

In this wonderfully amusing chapter book Stink, the somewhat diminutive young brother of Judy Moody, discovers that there are - believe it or not - more important things in life than free candy and toys. With Peter H. Reynold’s delightful illustrations throughout, this entertaining book will delight readers who are just beginning to explore the wonderful world of books on their own.