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Stink and the Shark Sleepover

Stink and the Shark Sleepover

Megan McDonald
Illustrator:   Peter H. Reynolds 
Fiction  Series
For ages 6 to 8
Candlewick, 2014   ISBN: 978-0763664749

One evening Stink’s parents go to a fundraiser and Stink insists on staying awake until they get home. He knows that fundraisers equal cool prizes and he is hoping that his parents win a trip to Montpelier, the birthplace of James Madison. It turns out that Stink and Judy’s parents do indeed win a trip, but it is not to a historic house. Instead, Stink, Judy, his parents and one guest are going to have a sleepover in an aquarium. Stink is thrilled. He is going to get to spend the night with sharks! Judy is less sure about the whole sleepover thing. She knows all too well that Stink does not do to well when he tries to have a sleepover.

When they get to the aquarium a few days later, Stink meets us with his friend Sophie, whose parents also won a sleepover at the aquarium. Stink’s friend Webster is coming as Stink’s guest and everyone is excited. Then Stink sees that Riley Rottenberger, a girl he does not like at all, is also there.

A guide takes Stink’s group to the touch pools, and then she challenges them to complete a scavenger hunt. Stink, Sophie and Webster team up and they head off. Unfortunately, Riley’s Rotten Eggs team is always “one step ahead of them.” Thankfully, and rather by accident, Stink and his friends find the last clue before the Rotten Eggs do.

The kids then go on to explore the jelly fish display, and then they get to meet some remarkable sharks. Stink is fascinated by the animals and all in all he has a wonderful time, even though Riley keeps saying annoying things. The one cloud on Stink’s horizon is the sleepover. Stink and sleepovers do not get along and Stink cannot help worrying that he will do what he always does when he tries to have a sleepover, which is that he gets scared and has to go home. He never imagines that this particular sleepover is going to be the most exciting sleepover a boy who is almost eight could ever have.

In this ninth Stink adventure, the boy with the very active imagination goes on an adventure that turns out to be full of amazing, and often unexpected, things. The great thing is that he learns that he, Stink, is also full of surprises.