This year, Megan McDonald released her tenth book in the Stink series: Stink and the Attack of the Slime Mold. The book tells of the adventures of seven-year-old Stink Moody (younger brother to Judy Moody).
Stink is a member of the Saturday Science Club. One week, the head of the Saturday Science Club helps all of the members start growing slime molds. She then sends the kids home with their slime molds to watch the slime grow. Stink is a little nervous and excited, having just seen an old science fiction movie about giant slime (“the Glob”) that starts taking over a town.
At first, as his “new pet” grows, all seems innocent enough. Stink even takes his slime mold to school. But then, there is an incident with orange cheese doodles and Stink realizes that his pet has become Frankenslime. The adventures continue as Stink tries to overcome his fear of his pet, learn how to care for it, heal it when it is sick, and more!
Stink and the Attack of the Slime Mold is an easy chapter book. It has fairly straightforward text that young readers can understand on their own. The font is large and there are many pictures to go along with the story. Each chapter even concludes with its own one-page comic strip. All in all, the young reader will find this to be an inviting read!
The Stink books are little simple for Alex now, but he still reads them when he sees them. He flew through Stink and the Attack of the Slime Mold one recent afternoon, and then we sat down and talked about it. I thought a nine-year-old’s thoughts on the book might be a welcome perspective.
How many books about Stink have you read?
Why do you like Stink’s books?
Because they are funny and interesting. Even though I have already read them each about five times, I still like reading them. It is so funny how Stink exaggerates things and always makes comics.
What was your favorite part about Stink and the Attack of the Slime Mold?
I like how the first chapter begins with three words starting with GL: Glip! Glop! Gloop! And I liked the part where Stink makes his own slime mold. And then how he feeds it food, but then it disappears and he makes his new one.
Did you think something different would happen at the end of the book?
Yes. I thought he would find the slime mold and say “you are such a brave slime mold! You deserve to have three flakes of oatmeal!”
Do you read the books about Stink’s older sister, Judy Moody, too?
Yes, I do. In fact, I have five out from the library right now.
Which do you like better—Stink’s books or Judy Moody’s books—and why?
I like them both. As I told you with the question about why I like Stink books, I think the Stink books are just funny and interesting. I think the Judy Moody books are funny and interesting too—for example, when she has her “grouchy pencils.”
Are you more like Stink or more like Judy Moody?
I think I’m a bit like both. I can get very, very grouchy like Judy Moody, but sometimes I can be like Stink—be funny, try to make up comics, and be interesting. In fact, I made a comic by myself when I was five. It was called “Mr. Me.” It talked about my life, except in a crazy way.
Thanks for your thoughts, Alex!
Although this is not slime mold, someone recently shared a story with me about their children making their own slime. I thought I’d share a recipe for slime your kids can make at home. Really easy and fun to do!
- In one bowl, mix together 1 teaspoon of Borax (found in the laundry detergent aisle at the supermarket) with 1 cup of water until the Borax is completely dissolved.
- In a different bowl, mix ½ cup of glue with ½ cup of water. If you want colored slime, you can add a few drops of food coloring.
- Add the glue mixture to the Borax mixture. Stir together, or knead it with your hands if necessary.
- Let it sit for a minute to solidify, then remove the slime from the excess water.
Happy sliming everyone!