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Something Smells!
Contributor(s): Hellman, Blake Liliane, Henry, Steven (Illustrator)
ISBN: 1481488643     ISBN-13: 9781481488648
Publisher: Atheneum
    OUR PRICE: $16.20  
Product Type: School And Library
Published: July 2018
Annotation: Waking up to the most terrible smell, little Elliot is unable to identify the source in the trash, on the dog or on his siblings and becomes frustrated when his mom interrupts his search to make him take a bath. A first picture book. Simultaneous eBook.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Odors; Fiction.
Cleanliness; Fiction.
Clothing and dress; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Humorous Stories
- Juvenile Fiction | Mysteries & Detective Stories
- Juvenile Fiction | Health & Daily Living | Daily Activities
Dewey: [E]
LCCN: 2016045331
Academic/Grade Level: Kindergarten, Ages 5-6
Book type: Easy Fiction
Physical Information: 11.00" H x 8.00" W x 0.50" (1.00 lbs)
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2019 Fall)
When Elliot wakes to a terrible smell, he searches everywhere for its source. Readers should discern the culprit long before Elliot does: the skeleton costume Elliot's wearing. One bath and a load of laundry later, all is well...until Elliot dons his monster pajamas ("he was never ever going to take them off"). Lively mixed-media illustrations provide visual gags that just might entice reluctant bathers into action. Copyright 2019 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2018 April #5)

What is that smell? Elliot can't figure it out. He literally looks high and low in his house, ruling out his father (having just shaved, "Dad smelled pretty nice"), his diapered baby sister, various pets, Grandma's weird stew, and the garbage. But readers know the source of the odor, thanks to a remark from his mother a few pages in: "Not one more day in that costume, Elliot!" In a classic kid move, Elliot has apparently refused to take off a much-beloved skeleton outfit ("It glowed in the dark and happened to be an EXACT REPLICA OF HIS SKELETON"), and now he and it are, to put it mildly, ripe. In her picture book debut, Hellman keeps the comic tension going by alternating glimpses of Elliot's inner detective ("Was it the cat food? Nope.") with questions that nudge the audience ("What, what, what was that terrible smell?!"). But it's Henry's (Herbert's First Halloween) lovingly observed tour of Elliot's world that will keep readers turning the pages. The boy may still be little enough to have to toe the parental line, but until that happens, he moves with autonomy and confidence, beholden to nothing but his mission. Ages 4–8. (July)

Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2018 July)

PreS-Gr 2—Nothing is worse than a bad smell. One day Elliot wakes up to an awful odor and is determined to find the source. He checks everywhere, inside and out. All the people in Elliot's family, the pets, and even the trash smelled good. While he is searching, his mom tells him that it is time to get out of his amazing, super cool skeleton costume, which he did not want to take off. Oddly, the smell goes away after Elliot takes a bath. Appealing watercolor and gouache illustrations accompany this playful story. Elliot will remind many parents of their children who are too attached to an outfit. Kids will see the importance of regular hygiene in a fun way. VERDICT A winning read-aloud selection perfect for storytime and one-on-one sharing.—Nicole Detter-Smith, Homestead High School, IN

Copyright 2018 School Library Journal.