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Ready for Kindergarten Stinky Face? by Lisa McCourt: A Review

One of the most classic storyline in every children’s book is the story of getting ready for the first day of kindergarten. In Ready for Kindergarten, Stinky Face?, we are yet again faced with another classic story that is sure to be as effective with children as it is fun to read.



In Ready for Kindergarten, Stinky Face?, a boy little shares with his mom his anxieties about starting kindergarten. He worries about grape juice being poured and armadillos chasing him. But for every unusual question that Stinky Face puts out there, mom has an even wackier answer to put him at ease. In the end, Stinky Face is able to enjoy kindergarten despite his initial hesitations.

Creative and Clever Humor

One of the strong points of this children’s book is the fact that it is filled with humor that both children and adults will love. You might think that Stinky Face’s ideas are quite absurd and insane. However, you’ll find his mom’s responses to his queries even more hilarious. This book takes on a lighthearted, comical approach to dealing with a child’s anxieties and apprehensions. It is able to show that not every crazy idea a child gets should be met with opposing force. Even parents can play along and have a bit of imaginative fun.

Offers Great Comfort

Many kids will really be scared and hesitant about going to kindergarten, especially on the first day. It’s a new territory filled with lots of people and away from the safety and comfort of home. Stinky Face and his problems are not something new and every child can definitely relate to what he is going through. The book, though, will show kids that kindergarten will be fine and no such crazy things will happen. I read this book to Z.E.N. along with the book Countdown to Kindergarten, a few days before he started Kindergarten.  It is a great book for reducing first-day jitters experienced by every student.

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Parent and Child Bonding Material

Because the book is about the dialogue between mother and son, it seems to be a perfect book for a mom to read to her children. Aside from the comfort and assurance that it gives kids about kindergarten, it is also a great means of exploring the chemistry between parent and child. It is an effective read aloud material if you want to calm your children down and get them ready for their first day in kindergarten school.


All in all, Ready for Kindergarten, Stinky Face? is a great book for any child. The text in the book might be a bit challenging and is more suited for older, more experienced readers. However, it’s great for story telling and is something that both parent and child can thoroughly enjoy.

Product Details:

  • Reading level: Ages 4-8
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Cartwheel Books (July 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0545115183

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Diane Nassy

Diane is a New Jersey-based writer and blogger. She is a wife and the mom of a 9-year-old little boy. Through her blog, she wants to inspire moms to find Zen in their lives while offering practical tips and other valuable information to help families deal with everyday issues. Check out Diane's Google+ profile "