Ready for Kindergarten, Stinky Face?

By Lisa McCourt

Illustrated by Cyd Moore

Cartwheel Books



Book Description

It’s time to go to kindergarten, but Stinky Face has a question . . .

“But, Mama, what if the sink in my classroom pours grape juice instead of water?”

As the situations grow stranger, Stinky Face’s mama always has just the right answer to make him feel better.

With Lisa McCourt’s zany ideas and Cyd Moore’s motion-filled illustrations, this reader is sure to make every worried kindergartner-to-be a little less nervous.


School Library Journal

…addresses school anxiety. In it, a boy questions his mother about some wild first-day scenarios such as, “what if the sink in my classroom pours grape juice instead of water?” Mom’s answers are calm and reassuring: “Washing your hands would be a sticky job.” Cheery illustrations and amusing facial expressions add humor to the exaggerated fears. Unfortunately, never is the name “Stinky Face” mentioned in the story and readers unfamiliar with the author’s other books about this character might wonder why it appears in the title. Nonetheless, the book will join Jamie Harper’s Miss Mingo and the First Day of School (Candlewick, 2006) and Julie Danneberg’s First Day Jitters (Charlesbridge, 2000) in addressing first-day anxieties, and school-savvy readers will appreciate the child’s silliness.Mary Hazelton, Elementary Schools in Warren & Waldoboro, ME

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