Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Reviews



Eleanor Davis
Graphic Novel
For ages 5 to 8
Toon Books, 2008   ISBN: 978-0979923845

Stinky is a little monster who lives in a swamp. He loves terrible smells, his swamp, his pet toad, mud, "slimy slugs," and... but I think you get the picture. He can't stand children because they like to bathe, they don't like the things he likes, and because they eat sweet foods. Stinky is therefore horrified when a boy ventures into the swamp and proceeds to build a tree house.

Stinky quickly decides on a campaign to get rid of the little boy, but he soon discovers that the little boy does not appear to fit Stinky's picture of what a child is supposed to be like. Instead, the boy is full of surprises, and he quite throws Stinky off his stride.

In this delightfully funny and original graphic novel, Eleanor Davis gives her readers a wonderful story to read and to look at. Rebus filled speech balloons give children who are new to reading on their own a helping hand, and the text is perfectly suited to emergent readers.

With delightful illustrations and a splendid story, this graphic novel is sure to bring Eleanor Davis into limelight.