Thursday, November 7, 2013

Little Stinker by Stephen Sanzo

Good Day Dear Readers,
The Queen here this beautiful fall day with a new story by Stephen Sanzo titled Little Stinker.  You'll love the bright, retro illustrations along with a very real-life problem of dealing with younger siblings. They can be a real drag, can't they? Find out how one big brother deals with his pesky sister in this easy to read picture book.

Happy Reading,
The Queen


Author: Stephen Sanzo
Illustrator: Mark Mullaney

Book Information:

Publisher and date: Cranky Pants Publishing (November 1, 2013)
Reading level: 4 and up
Book Info: Hardcover: 32 pages
Genre: Children's Picture book
ISBN: 978-0975962718

Book Theme:
Sibling rivalry, big brothers and little sisters, being lost, love of shoes, patience, love

Book Summary
Cranky Pants is back--but much to his chagrin, his joyfully rambunctious little sister is along for the ride. "The Little Stinker never gets in trouble . . . has mushy oatmeal hands, sticky grape jelly hair, a runny nose, and smelly feet." When she goes missing in a department store, her big brother realizes that life without her just wouldn't be the same. Can he save the day? Little Stinker welcomes back the lovable, albeit cranky, protagonist from Cranky Pants and celebrates the bond between brothers and sisters. Adults and children alike will delight in exploring the book's vibrant, retro-inspired illustrations featuring 1970s icons like Holly Hobbie, GI Joe, and LiteBrite. Little Stinker is sure to become a bedtime-or-anytime favorite.

Activity Adventures:

Crafty Ideas:

Go to the Classroom Freebie site to print this

Story Elements Puzzle!

 First, fill out the questions according to the book Little Stinker.
Color the pieces, then cut out. See if you can put the story back together.

 Writing Prompts:
If you have siblings, make a book about them.Include a drawing, a fact page about sibling, then make a page about things you like and things you don't like. On the front, draw a picture of you and your sibling.

Discussion Questions:
There will always be good and bad things about the people in our lives, including parents, family, friends, teachers. We learn to overlook the bad and focus on the good, just as brother did when his sister was lost. He began remembering why she was important in his life, and how important he was to her. Talk about ways you can overlook the irritating things and love a sibling anyway.

Authors Arena

Author: Stephen Sanzo

When he is not writing children's books, Stephen Sanzo spends his days as the Chief Operating Officer at Isovera, a software/web development firm in Waltham, MA. His first book, Cranky Pants was a finalist for the USA Book News award and received praise from the Houston Chronicle, Detroit Free Press, and the Copley News Syndicate. Stephen currently lives in Arlington, MA with his wife and two girls. He has B.A. in Communications from the University of Massachusetts/Amherst and is a member of the MBA program at Babson College.

Illustrator: Mark Mullaney
 Mark Mullaney is a talented freelance illustrator/animator who works with many kid-focused clients in the Boston area. This includes directing and lead animation functions for the Emmy-nominated (Boston) Drawing with Mark series.

1 comment:

Sherry said...

Thanks for the link to the story elements puzzle. I think I'll be using this with my classes.