Eek, You Reek!

Poems about Animals That Stink, Stank, Stunk

  • Interest Level: Grade 2 - Grade 5
  • Reading Level: Grade 4

Eek, you reek,
You make a funk.
Where you have been
Things stink, stank, stunk.

You’ve left a path,
A swath of smell,
You did it very well.

Readers will be delighted by the malodorous melodies of poems calling out the different pungent attributes of a full cast of foul-smelling creatures.

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Interest Level Grade 2 - Grade 5
Reading Level Grade 4
Genre Picture Books, Science
Category 5 Kinds of Nonfiction, 5KN: Expository Literature, Animals
Copyright 2019
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Millbrook Press ™
Language English
Number of Pages 32
Publication Date 2019-10-01
Text Type Poetry
BISACS JNF003000, JNF051150, JNF042010
Dewey 591.47
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 9.75 x 9.75
Guided Reading Level TBD
Features Awards, Glossary, Reviewed, Starred Reviews, and Table of contents

Author: Heidi E. Y. Stemple

Heidi E. Y. Stemple is the author of more than forty books and numerous short stories and poems, mostly for children. She lives and writes on a farm in Massachusetts.

Author: Jane Yolen

Jane Yolen lives in Massachusetts and has written more than 400 books across all genres and age ranges, including the Sydney Taylor Honor book Miriam at the River. In 2022 she was named the The Sydney Taylor Body-of-Work Winner. She has been called the Hans Christian Andersen of America and the Aesop of the twentieth century.

Illustrator: Eugenia Nobati

Eugenia Nobati is an illustrator based in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

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  • 2020-2021 Mockingbird Reading Program List, Winner, 2020
  • Massachusetts Book Awards, Long-listed, 2020
  • Kirkus Best Children's Books, Winner, 2019


School Library Journal

“Both educational and hilarious, this fun book of poetry written by Yolen and Stemple will not only please language arts teachers but will appease science teachers.”—School Library Journal

Kirkus Reviews

“[T]he foolish foulness may just hook those who think poetry stinks. Rancid rhymes and syncopated stank and plenty of eeeew just for you.”—starred, Kirkus Reviews