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Hamlet and Cheese: Stink #11    by Megan McDonald & Peter H. Reynolds order for
Hamlet and Cheese
by Megan McDonald
Order:  USA  Can
Candlewick, 2018 (2018)
Hardcover, CD, e-Book
* *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

Hamlet and Cheese is the eleventh the popular Stink Moody series aimed at young readers aged six to nine. This one occurs in spring break, when Stink's friend Sophie persuades him to join her at the Shakespeare Sprites camp. Everyone will have a speaking part and there will be 'storms and shipwrecks and sword fights' and 'funny insults'. How can he refuse?

Soon Stink wishes he had - he's the only boy at camp, and one of the girls is Riley Rottenberger! He avoids Riley (who plans on getting a kiss) but does enjoy the funny sounding insults, tongue twisters, acting games, and sword practice. When they go to see a local rendition of Macbeth, Stink ends up saving the day - and the play. Then it's time for their performance before friends and families - will Riley get her kiss?

Stink enjoys playing a dying Hamlet, and, after reading about all the fun he has, young readers of Hamlet and Cheese will be keen to sign up for their very own Shakespeare camp. But does Stink get kissed? You'll have to read the book yourself to find out.

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