Stinky Science

Edward Kay
Mike Shiell

This book about the science of smells takes a funky subject and makes it fascinating --- and hilarious! It starts with the basics, from the reason why things stink to how our sense of smell works (hint: it has to do with the six million scent receptors way up inside our noses). Then come some specifics such as how and why smells are closely linked to memories, descriptions of some of the stinkiest stinks on Earth and information about the chemicals that smells are made of. (Young readers finally learn why feet and some cheeses can smell the same!) Altogether, the book offers a complete tour of everything olfactory, while also being a compendium of the best-of in the gross-out category. Poop, rotting flesh, b.o.: what more could a “nose-y” kid ask for?

Edward Kay is an award-winning children's television writer and science writer. Here he uses his knack for knowing what kids like to create an entertaining, laugh-out-loud book that's thoroughly researched and full of up-to-date facts. It offers strong curriculum links in the life sciences, particularly the human body structure and systems, and molecules and organisms. Adding to the fun are the funny comic-style illustrations by Mike Shiell on every page. (Yes, of course, there's farting!) Kids may not even notice they're learning science! A glossary and index round out this terrific book.

978-1-77138-382-0 | Apr 2, 2019
List Price: USD $17.99, CAD $18.99
4-color 8 1/2 x 11 44 pages
Grades: 3 To 7 / Ages: 8 to 12
978-1-5253-0394-4 | Apr 2, 2019
List Price: USD $11.99, CAD $11.99

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Awards & Reviews

“A good introduction to the science of scent certain to hook reluctant scientists (and readers) with its yuck factor.”
— Kirkus Reviews, January 2019
“Kids who are attracted to bathroom talk and oddity trivia will be drawn to this title ...”
— School Library Connection, March 2019
“... kids will be drawn to the book for its more pungent thrills.”
— Quill & Quire, April 2019
“... fearlessly fun and fascinating ...”
— CM Magazine, July 2019
“This delightfully disgusting title exploring the science of stench is sure to hook young readers with yuck-appeal!”
— Canadian Children's Book News, October 2019
2021 - Red Cedar Award, BC Young Reader's Choice Awards, Short-listed
2019 - Best Books for Kids & Teens, Starred Selection, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Winner

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