CBBC Office: CBBC Book Club: Mr Stink
Chris has been reading Mr Stink by David Walliams for the CBBC Book Club. He's left his review for you to read below.
If you would like to tell Chris what you thought of Mr Stink, grab a copy and start reading!
When Chloe lets a nice, friendly homeless man called Mr Stink stay at her home, she thinks she's helping a good pal out and doing someone in need a favour. Unfortunately for Chloe, keeping him in her shed leads to a whole world of trials and tribulations - not to mention a ton of disastrous secrets being revealed...
I thought this book was just brilliant - Chloe is a lovely protagonist you can relate to, and the way she deals with the things she faces in the story show how great a character she is. Chloe's determined to help Mr. Stink and prove to her family just how wonderful he is - they just have to get past their fear of 'soap-dodgers'. Her mother is a great villain, and it's great when she has to smile through gritted teeth when Mr Stink helps with her campaign work. You spend a good chunk of the book wondering when she'll snap! A sympathetic father, a spiteful little sister, a pompous Prime Minister and a shiny dog called Duchess all flesh out this wonderful world, and fans of David Walliam's other books should look out for the return of Raj, who appears in this story as a friend of Chloe's too!
As for Mr. Stink himself, you can't help but fall in love. Funny, crude and silly to boot - he's the quintessential mischievous adult, with a twinkle in his eye and a burp in his throat (in fact, one such belch takes up a whole page and a half, much to the delight of Chloe). Make sure you keep a box of tissues close by though, as when you learn of Mr. Stink’s old life and how he came to live on the streets, you may well have to wipe away a few tears.
If you're a big fan of Roald Dahl's books, you're in for twice the treat - not only is Walliam's style a bit Dahl-esque, but the illustrations are by the legendary Sir Quentin Blake, and certainly complement the story nicely.
My verdict? Defiintely give this one a go - it's a perfect lesson in how, despite the challenges life throws our way, joy and happiness can be found anywhere…as long as you don't mind a bit of mischief along the way!
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