Cover image for Stinkiest! : 20 smelly animals / Steve Jenkins.
Stinkiest! : 20 smelly animals / Steve Jenkins.
Publication Information:
Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2018.

Physical Description:
40 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm
Describes the odors that some animals have developed to stay safe and thrive in their environments, including the striped skunk, the bombardier beetle, and the honey badger.


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591.47 JEN Book Junior Collection

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Caldecott Honor winner Steve Jenkins is back with more Extreme Animals, perfect for young readers looking for accessible nonfiction chock full of incredible art. Stinkiest! will focus on the smelliest members of the animal kingdom.

Through illustrations, infographics, facts, and figures, readers will see how big each animal is compared to humans, where it lives on the globe, and just how putrid it can be!

With his signature art style, Steve Jenkins' Extreme Animals reader series explores nature's truly superlative animals. These readers are fact-packed and span the globe, detailing the astounding abilities of every shape, size, and species. Each installment focuses on amazing and unusual animals, making these nonfiction readers accessible, informative, and fascinating.

Author Notes

Steve Jenkins has written and illustrated many nonfiction picture books for young readers, including the Caldecott Honor-winning What Do You Do with a Tail Like This? His books have been called eye-popping, inventive, masterful, playful, irresistible, compelling, engaging, accessible, and informative. Visit Steve at .     

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Publisher's Weekly Review

In this addition to the Extreme Animals series, author-illustrator Jenkins explores aromatic animals, leading with an irresistible question: "What animal is the smelliest of all?" Omitting strong odors actually serves a purpose for many species on the list, Jenkins explains-notably, as self-defense and to protect territory (predators don't want to be around or eat stinky animals). Mammals on the list include the honey badger, striped skunk, and ring-tailed lemur; bugs, sea creatures, and birds are also contenders: the hoatzin (aka, "stink bird") takes a long time to digest food, resulting in "a lot of smelly gas-bird farts." A purple sea slug called the sea hare, meanwhile, "protects itself by releasing toxic, bad-tasting purple ink." Jenkins supplies additional facts about the animals, making their stinky characteristics just one aspect of their biology; his trademark torn-paper collages offer realistic and distinctive visual texture for each animal subject. Also available: Speediest: 19 Very Fast Animals. Ages 6-9. (May) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.