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Eek, You Reek!: Poems about Animals That Stink, Stank, Stunk

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Eek, you reek, You make a funk. Where you have been Things stink, stank, stunk. You've left a path, A swath of smell, And--yuk! You did it very well. Readers will be delighted by the malodorous melodies of poems calling out the different pungent attributes of a full cast of foul-smelling creatures.


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Eek, you reek, You make a funk. Where you have been Things stink, stank, stunk. You've left a path, A swath of smell, And--yuk! You did it very well. Readers will be delighted by the malodorous melodies of poems calling out the different pungent attributes of a full cast of foul-smelling creatures.

30 review for Eek, You Reek!: Poems about Animals That Stink, Stank, Stunk

  1. 4 out of 5

    Anna W.

    I’m a huge fan of children’s books that combine poetry or other literary devices with scientific information. Students can not only learn about artistic opportunities, but learn interesting factoids about animals they perhaps have not read about. This book is no exception and each page offers information, vocabulary words, and interesting facts about a variety of animals. For instance, I’ve never looked into it but it turns out that a ferret and a weasel are in the same family, and turtles —among I’m a huge fan of children’s books that combine poetry or other literary devices with scientific information. Students can not only learn about artistic opportunities, but learn interesting factoids about animals they perhaps have not read about. This book is no exception and each page offers information, vocabulary words, and interesting facts about a variety of animals. For instance, I’ve never looked into it but it turns out that a ferret and a weasel are in the same family, and turtles —among other animals— can emit a stinky aroma when in trouble. Rhyming and different poetic formats are used throughout and the end offers further reading and definitions of some “stinky” words. Recommended for advanced 2nd graders through grade 4.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Beverly

    Kids who are into gross and yucky things will love these poems about different animals that use vile smells to either defend themselves, keep their food for themselves, or attract a mate. The illustrations by Eugenia Nobati reminded me a bit of David Catrow's style of artwork. In addition to skunks, the poems address weasels, bombardier beetles, stinkbugs, hoatzin birds, musk oxen and more. At the back of the book, there is a paragraph of additional info for each of the animals, a glossary of Kids who are into gross and yucky things will love these poems about different animals that use vile smells to either defend themselves, keep their food for themselves, or attract a mate. The illustrations by Eugenia Nobati reminded me a bit of David Catrow's style of artwork. In addition to skunks, the poems address weasels, bombardier beetles, stinkbugs, hoatzin birds, musk oxen and more. At the back of the book, there is a paragraph of additional info for each of the animals, a glossary of "smelly words," and three books for further reading.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Mary Lee

    Fun for wordplay -- lots of shades of meaning for STINK!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Steff Pasciuti

    I requested Eek, You Reek! by Jane Yolen and Heidi E. Y. Stmple, illustrated by Eugenia Nobati largely because of Jane Yolen's involvement. I'd read a book by her some time ago that I really enjoyed and was looking forward to seeing what I thought of her children's book. A tale that celebrates all the very different andvery stinky animals that live today, this is both an educational and fun book overall. I personally found it to be okay. It didn't blow me away or anything and I found most of the I requested Eek, You Reek! by Jane Yolen and Heidi E. Y. Stmple, illustrated by Eugenia Nobati largely because of Jane Yolen's involvement. I'd read a book by her some time ago that I really enjoyed and was looking forward to seeing what I thought of her children's book. A tale that celebrates all the very different and very stinky animals that live today, this is both an educational and fun book overall. I personally found it to be okay. It didn't blow me away or anything and I found most of the poems were kind of off in terms of flow. But the artwork was pretty brilliant and the opportunity for learning that this book provides is something I deeply appreciate. I had fun reading it in the end. I can be pretty choosy about poems, though, and found that the majority of the ones throughout this book weren't really to my taste. Additionally, I don't quite know if it would manage to keep most children engaged. Fortunately, though, the illustrations are gorgeous enough that I think many children would be willing to overlook that. I was surprised at some oft he animals that are portrayed to be exceptionally stinky, not having realized that certain ones fit into that category. It was fun to learn about all the different smelly creatures and I imagine many kids, especially those fond of gross things, will enjoy that aspect of this book. I was provided a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. | Instagram | Twitter | Reader Fox Blog | Bloglovin’ | Facebook |

  5. 4 out of 5

    Pam

    I received an electronic ARC from Lerner Publishing Group through NetGalley. Yolen provides plenty of scientific knowledge in this book of poetry about smelly animals. Each spread has at least one poem about an animal who uses foul odors for survival or mate attraction. The rhyths and words run the gamut from humorous to straight information. The illustrations present realistic looking animals with hints of cartoon characters. Would be a terrific class or library read - one poem a day or week - to I received an electronic ARC from Lerner Publishing Group through NetGalley. Yolen provides plenty of scientific knowledge in this book of poetry about smelly animals. Each spread has at least one poem about an animal who uses foul odors for survival or mate attraction. The rhyths and words run the gamut from humorous to straight information. The illustrations present realistic looking animals with hints of cartoon characters. Would be a terrific class or library read - one poem a day or week - to introduce lessons on animal behavior.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Leigh

    I was given this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Educational, hilarious, and just plain gross! This is chock full of gorgeous illustrations and really well-done poetry that makes the little ones laugh out loud. Older kids will be able to make better use of the facts, and I think it's a wonderful language arts resource for discussing poetry. Children can count syllables in the haikus or measure rhyme and rhythm in the others. My son isn't at the suggested age yet, but I was given this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Educational, hilarious, and just plain gross! This is chock full of gorgeous illustrations and really well-done poetry that makes the little ones laugh out loud. Older kids will be able to make better use of the facts, and I think it's a wonderful language arts resource for discussing poetry. Children can count syllables in the haikus or measure rhyme and rhythm in the others. My son isn't at the suggested age yet, but he laughed a lot and peppered me with stink questions afterward.

  7. 5 out of 5

    CR

    This is a cute little story to get kids interested in poems. I think this one would work out best for boys as it deals with stinky topics. With cute creatures and colorful artwork this one is sure to get your kids wanting to start rhyming and writing their own poems. Its a laugh out loud time for the whole family!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Ryan

    This is a fun collection of animal poems from Jane Yolen. Kids will love the fun in the rhymes and in the illustrations. It’s no Jack Perlutsky, or Shel Silverstein, but it is a quick read that will bring smiles and laughter to kids.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Allison

    Fun

  10. 5 out of 5

    Shauna Yusko

    Jane Yolen poems! Artwork is good and fits the humorous tone. But I also wish just a little that they’d been photographs...

  11. 4 out of 5

    Juliana Lee

    Series of poems featuring animals that protect themselves with foul odors. Back matter gives the reader more information about each animal.

  12. 4 out of 5

    J.D. DeHart

    I would read anything (anything!) by Jane Yolen. This book is ideal for literacy work with poetry and is sure to ignite passion for verse among young readers.

  13. 5 out of 5

    PWRL

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  14. 5 out of 5

    Kirsti Call

    Hilarious poetry and expressive illustrations make this a must read aloud!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Mallory Hargett

    Cute book that could expose students to poems and rhythms.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Norkett

    Did you realize owls have no sense of smell and therefore don't mind eating skunks?! A playful book that had us learning and laughing!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Quintina

  18. 4 out of 5

    Tim

  19. 5 out of 5

    Emily Wayne

  20. 5 out of 5

    Mayci Hartley

  21. 4 out of 5

    Tanya

  22. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

  23. 5 out of 5

    Amanda Fulwider

  24. 5 out of 5

    Sheila Weaver

  25. 4 out of 5

    Christiana

  26. 4 out of 5

    Alec Brown

  27. 4 out of 5

    Katrina

  28. 4 out of 5

    Emily Thayer

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jacqui

  30. 5 out of 5

    Janet

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