Published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Summary: Elliot wakes up one morning to a terrible smell and sets out to investigate the cause. He checks his pets, family members, the trash, and Grandma’s famous Gefartzenschnaffer, but nothing seems to be causing such a stink. Finally, Elliot’s mother insists that he remove his favorite skeleton costume and take a bath. Lo and behold, when his mom carries the costume to the laundry (with various family members commenting on the odor) and Elliot lathers up, the smell miraculously vanishes. He concludes his bath by putting on his amazing new sea monster pajamas, which he loves so much that he vows to never take them off again. 48 pages; ages 4-8.
Pros: A cute and funny story that includes just the right touches of bathroom humor.
Cons: Kids will undoubtedly figure out the source of the smell before Elliot does.