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Stink and the Ultimate Thumb-Wrestling Smackdown    by Megan McDonald & Peter Reynolds order for
Stink and the Ultimate Thumb-Wrestling Smackdown
by Megan McDonald
Order:  USA  Can
Candlewick, 2011 (2011)
Hardcover, e-Book
* *   Reviewed by Bob Walch

Wordplay is part of the fun in the popular Stink Moody series for readers five years of age and older. In this latest adventure he brings home a less than sterling report card and he needs to do something about his unsatisfactory gym grade.

When the resourceful youngster sees thumb wrestling on the sports channel, he thinks he's found a way to undo that poor grade. Mom and Dad aren't convinced that this will solve the problem, but perhaps karate lessons will.

With the help of Sensei Dan, aka the Dragon Master, Stink will be able to put his thumb wrestling expertise together with a more traditional sport and come out a winner all around.

Some excellent illustrations and a manageable text make this book a winner for beginning readers as well. They'll love the humorous story and should be able to handle the narrative with little or no help. So, thumbs up for this latest Stink story!

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