That one phrase there made me laugh out loud. And at the same time, it struck a deep chord with me. Having been a child who had to shift schools every three or four years (I have my dad’s job to thank for that), I remember the dread and the dismay that used to pool uncomfortably in my stomach every time I walked in through a new set of gates. But Rebecca Elliott captures that experience in a beautiful melange of words and pictures.
Toby takes refuge in his imagination. He wanders through space with an alien, sails the seven seas with a pirate and goes on dinosaur hunts with an expert, and at the end finds that the adventures may have been make-believe but not the friends he met on the way.
MY STINKY NEW SCHOOL is whimsical, uplifting and heart-warming. Most importantly, it addresses an issue that a lot of kids will relate to. The illustrations are just lovely and Rebecca’s writing style is lucid and charming.