I Stink!


During a recent visit to the library my three-year-old grandson Amante discovered his favorite book, titled “I Stink,” authored by Kate McMullan.

This comical and colorful children’s book follows a garbage truck through a night-long shift of collecting garbage in the city.

Every evening, just before bedtime I asked my grandson, “Amante, which book do you choose for your bedtime story?”

Each night he answered “I Stink!, Grandma, I Stink!”

As the nights passed Amante and his big sister Steffy quickly learned each phrase in the book and would ‘read’ along.  As the weeks passed I began to worry what would happen when it was time to return the book to the library.  The problem was solved when I found, and ordered a copy for the kids on Amazon.

I believe that the funnest part of the book are all of the stinky parts, the dirty diapers, rotten apple cores, and other unusual aromas that the kids giggled about.  And all the while Amante and Steffy received a good lesson about what really happens to all of the garbage once we are finished with it.  We also took time to talk about how all of the garbage affected the planet and what we could do to recycle and reuse because not all garbage ends up being stinky after all.

About the Author

Born in St. Louis, Missouri in 1947, Author Kate McMullan published her first children’s book in 1977.  Originally using the pen name of Katy Hall she has since published more than 50 books which have delighted youngsters.  Her books, written as Hall, have included jokes and riddles which have made kids and their families giggle.  Using her real name her work has included middle-grade novels, nonfiction books, and picture books for younger children, often illustrated by her husband Jim.  Her Dragon Slayers’ Academy series were published under the name of K.H. McMullan.  When Kate isn’t busy writing books she teaches a course about writing for children at New York University’s School of Continuing and Professional Education and is on the faculty of the New School’s MFA Writing Program.

Images courtesy of Amazon.com and Scholastic Books.

Author biography courtesy of Scholastic Books.

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Gayle has been providing online content for kids and their families since 1994 at the Universal Knowledge Factory's Homework Helper Hyperlinks. From 1997 to 2001 she was a Guide at The Mining Company/About.com, covering the topics Science and Nature for Kids, Kids' Toys & Collectibles, The Big Island of Hawaii and Vancouver, British Columbia.

In 2002, Gayle joined the All Info-About Network where she enjoyed creating family-friendly resources and content about a variety of topics. In addition to creating articles and resources Gayle also held the position of quality control and copy editor.

During 2007 she became involved with Squidoo.com. Gayle enjoyed writing about music, gardening, and pop culture for the network, in addition to the Annual Toys and Collectibles Wish List.

Squidoo was sold to HubPages in August, 2014 and Gayle has plans of creating family-friendly content about travel, classroom activities, collectibles, hobbies, cooking, music, media and social networking. While she is looking for networks which best fit her style and experience, Gayle was pleased to become acquainted with Whyrll.com which is a perfect fit for her years of experience reviewing toys, games, and books.


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