Eek, You Reek!

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 01 Oct 2019

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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.
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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.
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I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.   Thank you NetGalley!


My kids loved this book.   It was perfect for a quick, nighttime, silly book before bed!
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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.

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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.
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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.
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This book was so cute and funny I know a bunch of kids at my work who would find this gross and love it!!
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