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David Walliams' bestselling book Mr Stink has gone FULL COLOUR in a brand-new anniversary edition. This beautiful hardback gift book is the perfect present for children of any age, and contains an introduction from David Walliams himself. Available for a limited time only! Mr Stink was the second David Walliams book to be illustrated by the inimitable Quentin Blake, and won David Walliams' bestselling book Mr Stink has gone FULL COLOUR in a brand-new anniversary edition. This beautiful hardback gift book is the perfect present for children of any age, and contains an introduction from David Walliams himself. Available for a limited time only! Mr Stink was the second David Walliams book to be illustrated by the inimitable Quentin Blake, and won unanimous critical acclaim. Mr Stink remains one of his most beloved characters – in a tale that continues to touch the hearts of readers everywhere. A highly collectable edition for fans old and new.


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David Walliams' bestselling book Mr Stink has gone FULL COLOUR in a brand-new anniversary edition. This beautiful hardback gift book is the perfect present for children of any age, and contains an introduction from David Walliams himself. Available for a limited time only! Mr Stink was the second David Walliams book to be illustrated by the inimitable Quentin Blake, and won David Walliams' bestselling book Mr Stink has gone FULL COLOUR in a brand-new anniversary edition. This beautiful hardback gift book is the perfect present for children of any age, and contains an introduction from David Walliams himself. Available for a limited time only! Mr Stink was the second David Walliams book to be illustrated by the inimitable Quentin Blake, and won unanimous critical acclaim. Mr Stink remains one of his most beloved characters – in a tale that continues to touch the hearts of readers everywhere. A highly collectable edition for fans old and new.

30 review for Mr Stink: Limited Gift Edition of David Walliams’ Bestselling Children’s Book

  1. 4 out of 5

    Michael Finocchiaro

    Ever book of David Walliams surprises me and kids again and again. Mr Stink starts absolutely hilarious and had my kids giggling and guffawing (particular when Mr Stink goes on TV!) and then had them bawling in one of the most emotional, touching endings of a children's book I have read since Charlotte's Web (for which I admit, I wept and wept when I read it 4 decades ago at their age). It is extremely well-written with humor and a crystal-clear moral lesson that I could not agree with more. An Ever book of David Walliams surprises me and kids again and again. Mr Stink starts absolutely hilarious and had my kids giggling and guffawing (particular when Mr Stink goes on TV!) and then had them bawling in one of the most emotional, touching endings of a children's book I have read since Charlotte's Web (for which I admit, I wept and wept when I read it 4 decades ago at their age). It is extremely well-written with humor and a crystal-clear moral lesson that I could not agree with more. An absolute must to read with your kids (but keep a box of tissues and a whole lot of hugs handy!)

  2. 4 out of 5

    Mark Lawrence

    I spend a lot of time reading children's books as my 7 year-old girl is severely disabled and can't read for herself (or even turn the page). She is however of normal intelligence for her age and stories are her world. As a new author myself I don't generally review other new authors, but David Walliams needs no charity from me. He's a hugely successful actor (both comic and straight) and far better than me at swimming the English Channel too. The blurb says Mr Stink is a "touching, twisted, and I spend a lot of time reading children's books as my 7 year-old girl is severely disabled and can't read for herself (or even turn the page). She is however of normal intelligence for her age and stories are her world. As a new author myself I don't generally review other new authors, but David Walliams needs no charity from me. He's a hugely successful actor (both comic and straight) and far better than me at swimming the English Channel too. The blurb says Mr Stink is a "touching, twisted, and most of all hilarious novel". It has the order right. It's more touching than it is twisted, more twisted than it is hilarious. At the risk of type-casting Mr Walliams I would say that like his TV show "Little Britain" the book is disjointed and variable, excellent in places ... others, not so much. Like many children's books the text tries to entertain on two levels so that the parents can have their private smirk (nothing lewd - more socio-political here). For me the humour wasn't great. My daughter liked the idea of a tramp so smelly he could empty Starbucks, and I liked the fact that our heroic table-turning tramp wasn't without his flaws - that would have been too twee even for a child's book. Even so, as a whole I felt the writing and concept warranted the three stars I've awarded, not more, not less. My money wasn't wasted and it may well be that the next Walliams book keeps the highest standards throughout, but this wasn't the best or the worst Celyn and I have read this year. EDIT (2012) - as an interesting aside regarding correlation between goodreads reviews and sales ... for children's books the correlation is not strong! Mr Stink (~100 reviews) has sold 250,000+ copies (at time of review) and is being adapted for television! Prince of Thorns (~1000 reviews) has sold <25,000 copies and is not being adapted for television :) EDIT EDIT (2015) - Prince of Thorns has now also sold over 450,000 copies ... but probably still much fewer than Mr Stink :) EDIT EDIT EDIT (2016) - There actually *is* a strong correlation between the number of Goodreads ratings and book sales if you stick to a particular genre (and period): http://mark---lawrence.blogspot.co.uk... This book shows how significantly that relationship breaks down when you move genre (from fantasy to children's books, for example). & I did read another Walliams book (Awful Auntie) and it was much better. Join my 3-emails-a-year newsletter #prizes ..

  3. 5 out of 5

    Petra X is enjoying a road trip across the NE USA

    This wasn't up to the standard of either The Boy in the Dress or Gangsta Granny. The story was slight. Mildly-bullied girl who is not her mother's favourite child befriends stinky old tramp and his trick-performing dog. The tramp is, almost inevitably this story is so cliched, a Lord with a sob story. The message, "We could all be homeless" (even a Lord) is hammered home. This is all set against a minor backdrop of politics but really that is just used as justification for the message - even the This wasn't up to the standard of either The Boy in the Dress or Gangsta Granny. The story was slight. Mildly-bullied girl who is not her mother's favourite child befriends stinky old tramp and his trick-performing dog. The tramp is, almost inevitably this story is so cliched, a Lord with a sob story. The message, "We could all be homeless" (even a Lord) is hammered home. This is all set against a minor backdrop of politics but really that is just used as justification for the message - even the Prime Minister will recognise the sense a tramp talks (especially if he is extremely well-spoken and not the sort of drunken sot that populate the pavements of Kilburn and whose language is peppered with fuck, fucking, fucker), 2.5 stars rounded up because David Walliams is my children's book hero author. Just not so good with this one.

  4. 4 out of 5

    James

    ‘Mr Stink’ (2009) and ‘Gangsta Granny’ (2011) – both entertaining and amusing novels from the now very commercially successful pen of David Walliams. Both stories very much influenced by and written in the tradition of Roald Dahl and whilst both stories are good ones, Walliams ultimately lacks the flair, finesse and magic of Dahl at his best. ‘Gangsta Granny’ and ‘Mr Stink’ both have a very contemporary setting (which may swiftly date them and affect their longevity and shelf-life) and both have ‘Mr Stink’ (2009) and ‘Gangsta Granny’ (2011) – both entertaining and amusing novels from the now very commercially successful pen of David Walliams. Both stories very much influenced by and written in the tradition of Roald Dahl and whilst both stories are good ones, Walliams ultimately lacks the flair, finesse and magic of Dahl at his best. ‘Gangsta Granny’ and ‘Mr Stink’ both have a very contemporary setting (which may swiftly date them and affect their longevity and shelf-life) and both have very domestic settings with stories leading to extraordinary turns of event. In Mr Stink, Walliams has created a wonderful character – perfect for the target age range of the majority of his readers and the denouement here is almost Dickensian in nature, however it is ‘Gangsta Granny’ which is the funniest, most effective and surprisingly, the most moving of the two novels. The illustrations in ‘Gangsta Granny’ by Tony Ross are lovely, however they don’t quite compare with those from the wonderful pen of Quentin Blake in ‘Mr Stink’. Both books provide plenty of good solid enjoyable fun, both have been hugely popular and both have spawned TV adaptations – but neither is quite in the same league as those by the great Roald Dahl. Whilst Walliams’ novels are clearly entertaining and accomplished, because they have a style and narratives reminiscent of and in the tradition of Dahl, they were always going to be compared to and suffer by that comparison to Dahls’ classic works.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Alison

    This story by David Walliams is about a young girl called Chloe who befriends the local tramp, Mr. Stink. Chloe is a lonely 12 year old girl who thoroughly hates school because she is bullied by a group of ‘cool’ girls, unfortunately her home life is unhappy too and she has a turbulent relationship with her mother and sister. Over the Christmas period Chloe plucks up the courage to approach the local tramp - much to her mother’s disgust- and they strike up a relationship. Chloe secretly moves Mr This story by David Walliams is about a young girl called Chloe who befriends the local tramp, Mr. Stink. Chloe is a lonely 12 year old girl who thoroughly hates school because she is bullied by a group of ‘cool’ girls, unfortunately her home life is unhappy too and she has a turbulent relationship with her mother and sister. Over the Christmas period Chloe plucks up the courage to approach the local tramp - much to her mother’s disgust- and they strike up a relationship. Chloe secretly moves Mr. Stink into her garden shed whilst her mother is campaigning to become a local MP, he is discovered when he knocks on the window asking for breakfast when a local newspaper are interviewing Chloe’s mother, in turn she becomes a local hero for offering the tramp a place to stay, which lands her and Mr. Stink an interview on a televised panel show. Here it comes into light that Chloe’s mother lied about allowing Mr. Stink to stay in the shed and Chloe is rightfully introduced as the kind person that offered him the shed. The relationship between Chloe and her mother and sister is restored when Mr. Stink talks to Chloe’s mother and makes her realise that the relationship between mother and daughter should be a happy one and Mr. Stink leaves to continue to wander the streets. I liked this book because it highlights issues that children may have experienced before, such as seeing someone who is homeless or being bullied at school. I did find the book a little tedious at times but overall it was and enjoyable read and it was well written for a younger age group to understand and get pleasure from. The age group identified on the book is 9+ years, however I would suggest that it is suitable to be read to younger ages such as 6 years upwards as I think they would find it funny and give them ideas to inspire creative writing within their own work. Therefore I would suggest that it would be available for independent reading for ages 8 upwards and used to read to a class for children aged 6 and above.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Phawe Phawe

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I loved it and it was very emotional at the end.

  7. 4 out of 5

    A_Ryan

    5 Stars! A fabulously funny look at kindness and empathy The best bits: This was a great read-aloud class book. The children laughed heartily at David Walliams' wordsmithery, and the vivid characters peppered throughout this tale. Some of my kids asked if the parallels between Chloe's mother and Donald Trump were intentional, and while we all had a great laugh at the brilliance of that observation, I must admit we began to see the implications of each character's actions in a sometimes more s 5 Stars! A fabulously funny look at kindness and empathy The best bits: This was a great read-aloud class book. The children laughed heartily at David Walliams' wordsmithery, and the vivid characters peppered throughout this tale. Some of my kids asked if the parallels between Chloe's mother and Donald Trump were intentional, and while we all had a great laugh at the brilliance of that observation, I must admit we began to see the implications of each character's actions in a sometimes more serious light. We've been learning about conflict resolution, bullying, acceptance, emotional control, and social justice, and this book complemented our curriculum really well. We also had lots of fun dissecting some of the sentences when focusing on punctuation and grammatical features. The humor and relevance in Walliams' language made grammar just that much "less boring" . We work a lot with mentor sentences in my class and this book offered sooo many great, HILARIOUS examples. We all went to see the show afterwards, and while it was a great performance (and for many the first time they'd ever been to the theatre), the book is of course a hundred times better! Recommended for: 7-10 year olds who enjoy well-written, funny, character driven plots.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Toria

    David Walliams quickly becomes one of my favorite children books writer I've read as an adult. They are charming, fun but also have a slight serious tone to it. I really enjoyed Mr Stink and will save the other books for a gloomy day! David Walliams quickly becomes one of my favorite children books writer I've read as an adult. They are charming, fun but also have a slight serious tone to it. I really enjoyed Mr Stink and will save the other books for a gloomy day!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Clare O'Beara

    This is a similar read to Gangsta Granny, by the same author, which I preferred. Only this one is a tale about a girl, and instead of a relative she is spending time with a dirty old tramp. Mr Stink as everyone calls him, smells bad and has a small smelly dog, but is harmless and sits on the park bench every day. We see that the young girl's home life and school life is quite miserable, which is why she feels unwanted and friendless, much like the tramp in fact. This leads to some amusing advent This is a similar read to Gangsta Granny, by the same author, which I preferred. Only this one is a tale about a girl, and instead of a relative she is spending time with a dirty old tramp. Mr Stink as everyone calls him, smells bad and has a small smelly dog, but is harmless and sits on the park bench every day. We see that the young girl's home life and school life is quite miserable, which is why she feels unwanted and friendless, much like the tramp in fact. This leads to some amusing adventures and even a visit to a TV studio. There is a warning not to talk to strangers or get into cars, but at the same time we see that homeless people are people who appreciate kindness and may have had bad fortune in life. The antiheroine of the tale is in fact the politically ambitious, social climbing mother, more so as she makes much of one daughter and forgets the other, while even her kind husband is reluctant to tell her about his problems. I was an early reader and by four I had learned from books that boys got to go out, travel and have adventures but girls had to stay in and keep house. Therefore I decided I was going to act like a boy, because they clearly had the better deal. In Gangsta Granny we see a boy who gets to plan and carry out a raid on the Crown Jewels in the Tower of London. In Mr Stink we see a girl who cooks sausages, runs a bath, invites a tramp to make a home in the shed and cooks him breakfast. Plus ca change, plus ca meme chose.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Aoife

    What makes the book special is that there is some quite serious morality involved in the way the author puts across issues of prejudice, misconceptions and stereotypes in a way that children can understand, and hopefully learn from. This book tells the story of a young girl who befriends a dirty smelly tramp, and the resulting effects on her and her family. There is plenty of humour to appeal to children, and a deeper message about not judging people by first impressions. The pictures illustrate What makes the book special is that there is some quite serious morality involved in the way the author puts across issues of prejudice, misconceptions and stereotypes in a way that children can understand, and hopefully learn from. This book tells the story of a young girl who befriends a dirty smelly tramp, and the resulting effects on her and her family. There is plenty of humour to appeal to children, and a deeper message about not judging people by first impressions. The pictures illustrate it perfectly, you really do fell that Mr Stink and the other characters are real. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, I actually read it twice even as an adult and found it very funny! The idea of the story is brilliant and David Williams cleverly leaves little hints throughout the story which all come together at the end in a surprise twist. The humour is witty and clever throughout. This is a must read for all ages.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Vidhya

    Why are David Williams books so ah-mazing! Totally loved little Chloe and Mr.Stink. Initially I was all like ugh why is her mum like that - how are they even together and I was getting all annoyed. But towards the end how craftfully mr.walliams is able to tell a little story within a story. I understood why they were all together and I ended up loving this little family. all families are different and you learn to appreciate that! Loved this book! Looking forward to reading more of David walliam Why are David Williams books so ah-mazing! Totally loved little Chloe and Mr.Stink. Initially I was all like ugh why is her mum like that - how are they even together and I was getting all annoyed. But towards the end how craftfully mr.walliams is able to tell a little story within a story. I understood why they were all together and I ended up loving this little family. all families are different and you learn to appreciate that! Loved this book! Looking forward to reading more of David walliams this year!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jason Donoghue

    Again another i bought for my mother, she loves reading kids books. Mr stink. A little girl helps a homeless man by giving him sausages and letting him sleep in the girl's shed in the back garden. But her mum, dad and sister don't know about Mr Stink. This one was a big hit. She loves it. Apparently, it's fantastically entertaining. [image error] https://amzn.to/34PYEPW Again another i bought for my mother, she loves reading kids books. Mr stink. A little girl helps a homeless man by giving him sausages and letting him sleep in the girl's shed in the back garden. But her mum, dad and sister don't know about Mr Stink. This one was a big hit. She loves it. Apparently, it's fantastically entertaining. [image error] https://amzn.to/34PYEPW

  13. 4 out of 5

    Antony Tills

    I think this book is fantastic! I enjoyed it from start to finish, Walliams has done brilliant writing, same as he does brilliant tv. His work is highly inspired by Roald Dahl, though this book isn't as cheeky or mischievous, it is backed up very well by Blakes' artwork. The story starts with a lovely little girl named Chloe. Coming from a very rich background but having the innocence that all children have and an interest to learn about the world. She finds herself drawn to a local homeless man, I think this book is fantastic! I enjoyed it from start to finish, Walliams has done brilliant writing, same as he does brilliant tv. His work is highly inspired by Roald Dahl, though this book isn't as cheeky or mischievous, it is backed up very well by Blakes' artwork. The story starts with a lovely little girl named Chloe. Coming from a very rich background but having the innocence that all children have and an interest to learn about the world. She finds herself drawn to a local homeless man, Mr. Stink. After some time and stories she had heard from people, she decides to talk to him and finally work out why he lives the way he does. She learns that he is a lovely man, and the two really form a strong friendship - something Chloe didn't experience much due to the bullying at school - that leads her to offering the shed as a home for Mr. Stink to live. Her mother (who was running for office) really didn't approve, however when Mr. Stink is caught, he ends up helping her campaign. As we read through the book we learn about Mr. Stink's past. By the end of the book he has influenced the family in a very positive way, making them all more loving and caring to others. What I particularly love about this book is the narration. I love that it comes from Chloe herself, from her eyes, and as a reader you can really embrace the story. I think that that point is particularly great for children reading it as they can understand the logic that Chloe has. The book has a very smooth flow and is beautifully put together by Quintin's illustrations. Another area that really jumped out as me was how humble and kind hearted Walliams made Mr. Stink, this would put across strong morals for socially developing children. I could see this book being used the most within the KS2 age ranges (depending on reading ability). Just like Dahl's work, it would be great for imaginative/creative writing and also as individual reading development. All-in-all, it is a truly lovely book to read, that I would recommend to both children and adults alike. I look forward to reading other work from David Walliams.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Brad

    So 2017 is the year my little Scoutie has started finding her own books. Being the great book pusher that I am, I have slowly and meticulously made all three of my kids book junkies, feeding them the drugs I thought would best insure their addictions. The twins have long been lost to the books, off in their own worlds, chasing their highs in shabby little used book dens, occasionally scrounging together enough for a purer hit from a flashy dealer, but not beneath pulling used books out of dubious So 2017 is the year my little Scoutie has started finding her own books. Being the great book pusher that I am, I have slowly and meticulously made all three of my kids book junkies, feeding them the drugs I thought would best insure their addictions. The twins have long been lost to the books, off in their own worlds, chasing their highs in shabby little used book dens, occasionally scrounging together enough for a purer hit from a flashy dealer, but not beneath pulling used books out of dubious bins to get their fix. Now Scoutie is out there digging up her own fixes; I have no need to push her anymore. And, lucky me, she is more than happy to share her dirty needles when she's finished, giving me a nice little baby buzz in the shape of David Walliams' Mr. Stink. My girl loved the book, so I was predisposed to enjoy it, but I have to admit I was a little surprised by how much I enjoyed it. I expected it to be funnier than it turned out to be (because Mr. Walliams is, after all, an hilarious sketch comic) and far less touching. Yet wonder of wonders, it was touching without twenty packets of aspartame. In the end, everything was better for Chloe and her friend, Mr. Stink, because they had spent a brief period in each other's lives, and people around them had changed because of both of them, but not so drastically that it defied belief. It seems, perhaps, that my little book client may have turned the tables and become my new dealer. Mr. Stink was a great find of hers, and her next hit earmarked for my forays into the shower is Neil Gaiman's Ocean at the End of the Lane. Yep, Scoutie has taste and an eye for good product.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Grace

    The new book by David Walliams is funny, thoughtful and quirkily written. Life for Chloe is pretty miserable thanks to her pretentious, controlling mother. To make matters worse her mother is completely preoccupied with her younger sister, Annabelle. Desperate to find someone who understands her, she befriends Mr Stink, the local tramp with a very questionable approach to hygiene! When Chloe invites him to live in her garden shed everyone’s life is changed forever. I did enjoy this book and foun The new book by David Walliams is funny, thoughtful and quirkily written. Life for Chloe is pretty miserable thanks to her pretentious, controlling mother. To make matters worse her mother is completely preoccupied with her younger sister, Annabelle. Desperate to find someone who understands her, she befriends Mr Stink, the local tramp with a very questionable approach to hygiene! When Chloe invites him to live in her garden shed everyone’s life is changed forever. I did enjoy this book and found it quite heart-warming. I particularly love the relationship between Chloe and her mum which I imagine would resonate with many young girls. The influence of Roald Dahl is unmistakeable and it is also illustrated by Quentin Blake (the major illustrator for Roald Dahl’s books). The book has some strong messages about accepting people as they are and could provide opportunities for links with PSHE/Citizenship KS2, ‘respecting the differences between people’. It could also easily link to the section ‘playing an active role as citizens’. This gloriously stinky read will appeal to readers aged seven plus.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Bridie Atkinson

    What makes the book special is that there is some quite serious morality involved in the way the author puts across issues of prejudice, misconceptions and stereotypes in a way that children can understand, and hopefully learn from. This book tells the story of a young girl who befriends a dirty smelly tramp, and the resulting effects on her and her family. There is plenty of humour to appeal to children, and a deeper message about not judging people by first impressions. The pictures illustrate What makes the book special is that there is some quite serious morality involved in the way the author puts across issues of prejudice, misconceptions and stereotypes in a way that children can understand, and hopefully learn from. This book tells the story of a young girl who befriends a dirty smelly tramp, and the resulting effects on her and her family. There is plenty of humour to appeal to children, and a deeper message about not judging people by first impressions. The pictures illustrate it perfectly, you really do fell that Mr Stink and the other characters are real. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, I actually read it twice even as an adult and found it very funny! The idea of the story is brilliant and David Williams cleverly leaves little hints throughout the story which all come together at the end in a surprise twist. The humour is witty and clever throughout. This is a must read for all ages.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Tea

    I love David Walliams' books I know they are meant for children but they are so filled with emotion. proper heart felt, eyes leaking emotion. Mr Stink is about a girl called Chloe who doesn't fit in anywhere. At home her parents prefer her sister Annabelle and at school she has no friends but a lovely bully. Until she meets Mr Stink. I love this story so much because I guess for me its not a story my home life was pretty much the same And I have never had a friend even now... At school I was bull I love David Walliams' books I know they are meant for children but they are so filled with emotion. proper heart felt, eyes leaking emotion. Mr Stink is about a girl called Chloe who doesn't fit in anywhere. At home her parents prefer her sister Annabelle and at school she has no friends but a lovely bully. Until she meets Mr Stink. I love this story so much because I guess for me its not a story my home life was pretty much the same And I have never had a friend even now... At school I was bullied, beaten up every day. and I still get verbal abuse, today from the neighbours. They think I'm odd because I like to read by the window. Then they noticed that I light candles on a night to read by. I don't care about fitting in. This David Walliams is perfect for little and big kids :-)

  18. 5 out of 5

    Millie Hodgson

    it was hilarious I couldn't put it down it was hilarious I couldn't put it down

  19. 5 out of 5

    Isaac Nathaniel

    I thought that this book was really good because it shows what a difference you can make by helping other people.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Hannah

    Mr Stink, was according to The Times, 'a delight', they also claim that the author; David Walliams is ' a new Roald Dahl'. Not to discredit Walliams, I personally would not compare him to a great author such as Dahl at this present time. Mr Stink centers around the life of a 12-year-old girl named Chloe, who one day comes across a homeless man, who is described as 'the stinkiest stinky stinker who ever lived'. Mr Stink comes into the town where Chloe lives and sets up home on a wooden bench. A l Mr Stink, was according to The Times, 'a delight', they also claim that the author; David Walliams is ' a new Roald Dahl'. Not to discredit Walliams, I personally would not compare him to a great author such as Dahl at this present time. Mr Stink centers around the life of a 12-year-old girl named Chloe, who one day comes across a homeless man, who is described as 'the stinkiest stinky stinker who ever lived'. Mr Stink comes into the town where Chloe lives and sets up home on a wooden bench. A lot of the locals in the town were nice to him, and did give him some money here and there, but everybody was so put-off by the smell of him that they would never approach him for a chat. This is where young Chloe comes into play. One day as she is on her way home from school, she plucks up the courage to start a conversation with Mr Stink, despite her Mother's wishes for her to never speak to tramps. The story mostly centers on Chloe's home life, in which her Mother is so obsessed with her own image and other people's opinions of her, that she seems to neglect Chloe a lot of the time, and also her husband. Chloe's sister Annabelle however, receives much more attention, and is forced to take part in a ridiculous amount of out of school classes such as; chess society, learning Japanese, and NASA space exploration workshops, in order for others around the family to get the impression that they are a very rich and adventurous family. The story itself did have a moral, which to me, seemed to want children to understand many of the homeless people on our streets have come from some hard times, and perhaps to be more understanding, and not to judge people based on their looks, and their smell in this case! Mr Stink himself was in fact a Lord, and became homeless after he lost his home, his wife, and unborn child in a fire, which was an incredibly sad story, and an unexpected one at that. Mr Stink also helped to bring Chloe's family closer together which was a very warming part to the story. The book states that it is for children aged 9 and above, which I would agree with. I think this book would be good for class reading, as the children will be able to have very meaningful discussions about the story, and may even have their own stories to share with others. Quentin Blake provides the illustration, which really complemented the story. My only complaints for the whole book were that I did notice one spelling mistake, and also, the extra-curricular activities of Chloe's sister Annabelle were increased each day, up until the point where she attends lectures on 'a history of Victorian moustaches' at 8pm, and then has to be at a triangle lesson on Friday morning at 1am. I found this quite bizarre, but it could be useful to encourage children to come up with bizarre stories, so long as they are aware of the differences between make-believe and reality!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Beth

    "Mr Stink stank. He also stunk. And if it was correct English to say he stinked, then he stinked as well…” This is the opening line of Mr Stink by David Walliams and as it made me laugh quite a lot even from that, so I knew I’d enjoy the rest. The book was a recommendation from my 11 year old step son, who said that he thought the only books worth reading were written by David Walliams and I couldn’t argue with praise like that! The story follows the journey of 12 year old Chloe, who at school is "Mr Stink stank. He also stunk. And if it was correct English to say he stinked, then he stinked as well…” This is the opening line of Mr Stink by David Walliams and as it made me laugh quite a lot even from that, so I knew I’d enjoy the rest. The book was a recommendation from my 11 year old step son, who said that he thought the only books worth reading were written by David Walliams and I couldn’t argue with praise like that! The story follows the journey of 12 year old Chloe, who at school is being bullied and has no friends. Chloe’s home life isn’t much happier either. Chloe has an annoying younger sister, Annabelle who is very popular, especially with their mother. Talking of their mum, she has a very controlling one who is in the middle of a very big campaign to become the local MP. To try and win her votes, she has come up with quite a few outrageous policies such as to ‘play football with imaginary footballs as real ones are a nuisance’, ‘dogs must be kept on leads at all times even indoors’ and the most outrageous one of all (according to Chloe) is that homeless people (tramps) are ‘banned from the streets in their town’. This makes life very difficult for Chloe as her new and only friend is the local tramp they call Mr Stink, who lives on the ‘bench, you know the one that’s round the corner from the bus stop?’. To try and protect her new friend and his dog the Duchess, Chloe hides them both into the family shed at the back of their garden to live. But how long can she keep this secret? With hilarious consequences various secrets are unravelled, especially Mr Stinks’. Her new friend plays an even bigger part in Chloe’s life than she could ever have imagined as he helps mend hers. I was really pleasantly surprised that David Walliams achieved to write such a brilliant children’s books, I’ve always been a fan of his television comedy and the humour and pace of the book doesn’t disappoint. His style is very Dahl-esq which is helped by Quentin Blake’s lovely illustrations. I think what makes the book quite special though, is that there are some quite serious morality issues within the book such as, prejudice and bullying. However they’re all written in such a way that children can easily understand and hopefully learn from. I would say that the book should definitely be used to encourage independent reading for years 5 & 6. However younger children would also enjoy the book and could be read to classes as a whole and maybe be incorporated into PSHE lesson’s where classes could discuss the themes such as bullying and personal hygiene.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Ashley Johnson

    ‘Mr Stink’ is a wonderfully written tale of a young girl called Chloe who befriends a witty tramp called Mr Stink. The two have a lot in common as both are incredibly lonely. Chloe is fed up of her mundane lifestyle and decides to move Mr Stink into the family’s garden shed. This does not go down too well with her Conservative MP running Mother, who would rather ban tramps or “soap-dodgers” as she calls them, from her streets. Walliams is a comical genius, as the book is not just an enjoyable rea ‘Mr Stink’ is a wonderfully written tale of a young girl called Chloe who befriends a witty tramp called Mr Stink. The two have a lot in common as both are incredibly lonely. Chloe is fed up of her mundane lifestyle and decides to move Mr Stink into the family’s garden shed. This does not go down too well with her Conservative MP running Mother, who would rather ban tramps or “soap-dodgers” as she calls them, from her streets. Walliams is a comical genius, as the book is not just an enjoyable read for young children but to be enjoyed by much older children like myself! I would definitely use this book during a Key Stage 2 literacy lesson. I would get children involved in a House of Commons type debate about homelessness on the streets of London and what they would do for homeless people if they were Prime Minister for the day. Much of the vocabulary used is quite complex. This could be a topic for discussion, for exmaple words such as incredulous, immaculately and emblazoned. I would use this book for a group of Year 4 children to encourage them to participate in creating an extended piece of writing. Making attempts to use the key vocabulary within the text. “Mr Stink” could also be used as a core text for a group of children in Year 5 during a PSHE lesson. The children could explore issues surrounding homelessness in Britain and in other developing countries (extending this to a Geography lesson). The lesson could involve writing a letter to the Prime Minister David Cameron, suggesting changes to be made with regards to homeless people living on our streets. I would give ‘Mr Stink’ a fantastic 5/5 as the book caters for a much wider audience than most children’s books. The story also helps children to think about the plight of homeless people from Mr Stink’s point of view and addresses common misconceptions about how people actually end up living on the streets.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Andrew

    Mr Stink David Walliams Illustrated by Quentin Blake Mr Stink is not a short book with over 200 pages and is suitable for the older primary school pupil. Walliams has rapidly become one of the best selling children’s authors in the world and the clever illustrations by Blake remind the reader of the Dhal books. In Mr Stink, the books heroine, Chloe is a podgy eleven year old girl, unhappy in her public school, with a snobby little sister and harsh social climbing mother and a hen pecked father. Chl Mr Stink David Walliams Illustrated by Quentin Blake Mr Stink is not a short book with over 200 pages and is suitable for the older primary school pupil. Walliams has rapidly become one of the best selling children’s authors in the world and the clever illustrations by Blake remind the reader of the Dhal books. In Mr Stink, the books heroine, Chloe is a podgy eleven year old girl, unhappy in her public school, with a snobby little sister and harsh social climbing mother and a hen pecked father. Chloe strikes up a friendship with the local tramp Mr Stink, who she passes daily on the school run, to find solace from her unhappy home life. Her mother would be horrified at the friendship, so it remains secret. The book cleverly reinforces moral messages about not judging on outward appearance. When Mr Stink is being hounded out of town, Chloe comes to his rescue. The teacher could use this book to reinforce a non bullying policy and to instil in pupils the understanding that people are not all the same or live in the same way. However, the book does not hammer these messages home and there are very many burp and fart jokes to amuse. The end is very emotional and the book deals with issues of separation. David Walliams intelligence and wit shine through and no doubt Mr Stink will become a classic of children’s literature.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Bogdan

    This is my first book for kids over 8-9 years, that I fully read in albanian language. And I must say that it wasnt such a hard read. Yuppy for me! The albanian editions looks very good, and because I saw on the internet that the author has made quite a fuss I buyed some five or six other volumes by him. And, surprisingly, one of them it`s a hardcover! I guess that the sales are really looking good in here, too. Anyway I was amazed by their number. The author it`s a known actor and comic and I gu This is my first book for kids over 8-9 years, that I fully read in albanian language. And I must say that it wasnt such a hard read. Yuppy for me! The albanian editions looks very good, and because I saw on the internet that the author has made quite a fuss I buyed some five or six other volumes by him. And, surprisingly, one of them it`s a hardcover! I guess that the sales are really looking good in here, too. Anyway I was amazed by their number. The author it`s a known actor and comic and I guess that these are some of the reasons why this book is entertaining enough and it has the potential to starts some laughs. The drawings are nicely done and really fell into place, but you know the saying,... the more, the better... I liked the story, the way it`s develops and it`s closed in the end and I could see the motives why the writer has been compared with another big name in the kids literature, Roald Dahl. Recommended. And not only for kids.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Beth

    I like all of David Walliams' books. They're all good, and this one would have been up there with the best, except that some bits are just mad and completely unnecessary. I'm going to just keep this short and sweet. Some times Mr Stink is portrayed as a normal/sensible man who just happens to be homeless and a tad smelly. Other times he's portrayed as a complete lunatic who has no idea of the difference between money and a button. If he was trying to get across a heart felt story (with a bit of I like all of David Walliams' books. They're all good, and this one would have been up there with the best, except that some bits are just mad and completely unnecessary. I'm going to just keep this short and sweet. Some times Mr Stink is portrayed as a normal/sensible man who just happens to be homeless and a tad smelly. Other times he's portrayed as a complete lunatic who has no idea of the difference between money and a button. If he was trying to get across a heart felt story (with a bit of humour) about a happy man who fell across hard times and ended up homeless, and that homeless people aren't anyone to be afraid of, the crazy side of Mr Stink was completely pointless. It distracted me from the actual story. I get where he was going with this book, but he made a bit of a mess of getting there. It could have been brilliant if he'd just tried to be a little less quirky.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Maria

    I decided to read 'Mr Stink' after watching David Walliam's programme on Roald Dahl and I can definitly say that I was not disappointed! His writing is obviously inspired by Dahl and has brought to life a very stinky story. Many children will laugh as I did at the funny tales of Chloe, her family and Mr Stink the tramp. This book would be more suitable for children in KS2 and I think they will understand the comedic value in this story. However, beneath the surface, there are many deeper issues I decided to read 'Mr Stink' after watching David Walliam's programme on Roald Dahl and I can definitly say that I was not disappointed! His writing is obviously inspired by Dahl and has brought to life a very stinky story. Many children will laugh as I did at the funny tales of Chloe, her family and Mr Stink the tramp. This book would be more suitable for children in KS2 and I think they will understand the comedic value in this story. However, beneath the surface, there are many deeper issues and morals to explore with your class. The story is really very touching, and with discussion children will look further into friendship, love, loss and family. Quentin Blake provides more fantastic images which bring this story alive and children will love! I very much enjoyed this book and would recommend to you :)

  27. 4 out of 5

    Siva Nachiappan

    Mr Stink, by David Walliams, is a book about the concept and theme of friendship. The main character, Chloe is a very lonely girl. But one day, she meets the other main character, Mr Stink, a local tramp who lives on the street with a secret about his life he will tell Chloe after their friendship, but before that, Chloe askes Mr Stink to live in their shed, keeping another secret from her family.I would recommend this book to ages 8-13. I liked this book a lot because it shows the true meaning Mr Stink, by David Walliams, is a book about the concept and theme of friendship. The main character, Chloe is a very lonely girl. But one day, she meets the other main character, Mr Stink, a local tramp who lives on the street with a secret about his life he will tell Chloe after their friendship, but before that, Chloe askes Mr Stink to live in their shed, keeping another secret from her family.I would recommend this book to ages 8-13. I liked this book a lot because it shows the true meaning of friendship. I found the ending of the book could have been changed to give the book a dramatic end, instead of just mr stink leaving Chloe to live his life, but it still had a Nice ending to the book. One other thing that is interesting is that in all of David walliamss books, there is always the same character, raj the local newsagent.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Harper

    This book is about one of the loneliest girls in the world until she meets Mr Stink, the local tramp. Chloe is a twelve year old girl who hates school as she is bullied by the cool girls. Chloe is having a tough time and Mr stink is the only person who’s ever been nice to her! When Chloe thinks Mr Stink may be driven out of town because of her Mum’s (whose running for MP) actions, she decides to hide him in her shed. Eventually Chloe’s mum finds out she’s been hiding Mr Stink. The book explores m This book is about one of the loneliest girls in the world until she meets Mr Stink, the local tramp. Chloe is a twelve year old girl who hates school as she is bullied by the cool girls. Chloe is having a tough time and Mr stink is the only person who’s ever been nice to her! When Chloe thinks Mr Stink may be driven out of town because of her Mum’s (whose running for MP) actions, she decides to hide him in her shed. Eventually Chloe’s mum finds out she’s been hiding Mr Stink. The book explores many characters and some themes children could relate to such as being bullied or not have great relationships with. I wouldn’t use this book as a resource when teaching but would defiantly have as an option for quiet reading in the classroom for the children. The book is recommended for ages 9+

  29. 4 out of 5

    Shweta Padma Das

    Mr. Walliams is a hoot and his stinky Mr. Stink who stank is a delightful, breezy read. Some may even call it a joyful Christmas yarn and go gifting it around the said festive season. A few poignant moments will leave you misty eyed, but there's not a dull moment to be had. Sure, all problems are not neatly resolved at the end; (spoiler alert!) Mr. Stink does not become Mr. Clean OR Mr. Stink-a-little-less (or Stank-a-little-less if you want to be grammatically on point) (a real world touch to t Mr. Walliams is a hoot and his stinky Mr. Stink who stank is a delightful, breezy read. Some may even call it a joyful Christmas yarn and go gifting it around the said festive season. A few poignant moments will leave you misty eyed, but there's not a dull moment to be had. Sure, all problems are not neatly resolved at the end; (spoiler alert!) Mr. Stink does not become Mr. Clean OR Mr. Stink-a-little-less (or Stank-a-little-less if you want to be grammatically on point) (a real world touch to this othewise fantastical tale). But you will find yourself laughing aloud or chuckling to yourself (and forgetting your work - homework for some - in the process). And you'll know very well whom to blame.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Thea

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This book is my favourite book which is by David Williams. I've read the book and watched the movie loads of times. Its about this man called Mr stink who is homeless and this girl named Chloe sees him and invites him to come and live in the garden shed. But Mr stink wants to leave because Chloe washes his clean clothes and when Chloe's mum is videoing a programme Mr stink comes in and shouts at Chloe for washing his clean clothes, he and Chloe become famous! This book is my favourite book which is by David Williams. I've read the book and watched the movie loads of times. Its about this man called Mr stink who is homeless and this girl named Chloe sees him and invites him to come and live in the garden shed. But Mr stink wants to leave because Chloe washes his clean clothes and when Chloe's mum is videoing a programme Mr stink comes in and shouts at Chloe for washing his clean clothes, he and Chloe become famous!

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