I requested Eek, You Reek! by Jane Yolen and Heidi E. Y. Stmple, illustrated by Eugenia Nobati largely because of Jane Yolen’s involvement. I’d read a book by her some time ago that I really enjoyed and was looking forward to seeing what I thought of her children’s book. A tale that celebrates all the very different and very stinky animals that live today, this is both an educational and fun book overall.
I personally found it to be okay. It didn’t blow me away or anything and I found most of the poems were kind of off in terms of flow. But the artwork was pretty brilliant and the opportunity for learning that this book provides is something I deeply appreciate. I had fun reading it in the end. I can be pretty choosy about poems, though, and found that the majority of the ones throughout this book weren’t really to my taste.
Additionally, I don’t quite know if it would manage to keep most children engaged. Fortunately, though, the illustrations are gorgeous enough that I think many children would be willing to overlook that. I was surprised at some oft he animals that are portrayed to be exceptionally stinky, not having realized that certain ones fit into that category. It was fun to learn about all the different smelly creatures and I imagine many kids, especially those fond of gross things, will enjoy that aspect of this book.
I was provided a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.