Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Stink: Solar System Super Hero by Megan McDonald

Overview from Barnes and Noble:

Save the planet . . . Pluto! Stink Moody, wise-cracking champion of everything small, is on a new mission: to reinstate his favorite celestial orb.
Look! Up in the sky! Is it a falling leaf ?
A speck of dust? A speeding mosquito?
No, it’s Stink Moody, Solar System Superhero!
When Stink learns that Pluto has flunked out of the Milky Way for being too shrimpy, he feels like he might just explode with a Big Bang. Stink has no choice but to take a stand for the sake of little planets (and little people) everywhere. Will he be smart enough to defeat a panel of big-shot scientists? Will he be strong enough to beat know-it-all Riley Rottenberger and her "Team KPB"? Will he succeed in rescuing Pluto from a fate worse than being swallowed by a black hole? Start the countdown for a funny (and very informative) out-of-this-world adventure—and prepare to have your universe rocked!

My thoughts:
The debate about Pluto is still fairly recent.  When I was in the classroom prior to my children being born, when we taught he solar system Pluto was still a planet.  Fast forward some years (no need to count them all) and now it is not.  Depending what book you are reading, not everything has been updated so this can be a confusing issue to a child.  How can a planet no longer be a planet?  Does that mean that things I think are true today might tomorrow be proved wrong?  If even big things can change what does that mean for the small things in my life?

Stink is small so he is the champion of small things.  He works as a team with his friends to come up with a compelling presentation about Pluto being a planet and Riley works against him.  In doing so they both learn things about being a team and about being willing to compromise.

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763643522
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 2/8/2011
  • Pages: 144
  • Age range: 6 - 9 Years                         
  • Series:Stink Series , #5

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