The Museum of Very Bad Smells

A Dare to Scratch "n' Sniff Mystery

by Monica Arnaldo

On Sale: 07/16/2024

The Museum of Very Bad Smells

A Dare to Scratch "n' Sniff Mystery

by Monica Arnaldo

illustrated by Monica Arnaldo

On Sale: 07/16/2024


About the Book

Calling upon only the BRAVEST detectives with the STRONGEST noses—do you dare to scratch 'n' sniff and help solve this foul mystery?!

There’s been a robbery at the Museum of Very Bad Smells! Somebody stole the world-famous rotten egg . . . and everybody is a suspect. It’s up to YOU to help sniff out the culprit and bring the prized exhibit back before the museum’s grand opening. 

From award-winning creator Monica Arnaldo comes a hilarious and interactive mystery about a robbery at the Museum of Very Bad Smells, with five stinky scratch elements in this hilarious picture book that encourages kids to scratch, smell, and—of course—pass it along to a friend. 

Critical Praise

"Expect readers to ask for repeat readings—or else, to raise a stink." — Publishers Weekly

This tale is engaging, fast paced, and full of nonstop potty humor—even reluctant readers will find it hard to resist. Kids with a taste for gross-out humor will laugh themselves sick. A real stinker, in the best possible sense.  — Kirkus Reviews

Praise for Mr. S: "The tale's genuinely absurd situation, the mystery of the teacher's identity, and the deadpan storytelling make this a memorable read-aloud choice. A genuinely funny story that teachers and parents will enjoy sharing with children."  — Booklist (starred review)

"Mysteries for young readers are few and far between and this one is fun and entertaining; it will elicit laughter and–plenty of discussion."  — School Library Journal (starred review)

"Everything about the narrative is playful, and readers will be sucked in by a seriously funny question: Can a sandwich be a teacher? Far from stale and ripe for repeating."  — Kirkus Reviews

Praise for Are You a Cheeseburger?: “There’s a lot of profundity within these whimsical pages—about growing up, overcoming disappointment through acceptance, and valuing relationships over personal needs—which should plant some hearty seeds of conversation for readers of all ages.”  — Publishers Weekly

“Emotionally authentic and sweet without being saccharine. Silly and heartwarming in equal measure.”  — Kirkus Reviews

“Audiences will enjoy the clever banter between the new friends and the literal visual feast the illustrations offer up. Aspiring botanists and young foodies will appreciate this quirky little tale.”  — Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

"Refreshingly novel for its unexpected duo of characters. Will amuse young listeners. A delightfully quirky tale about an uncommon pairing of characters that offers light humor and guileless dialogue as they learn to treasure their blossoming friendship."  — School Library Journal

“This is a sweet tale of slow-blossoming friendship and unconditional acceptance, of celebrating differences and being gentle with others. Highly original and excellent… the illustrations present delightful layers of imaginative, whimsical joy.”  — Booklist

“This might be the funniest first-day-of-school book I’ve ever read." — Adam Rex, New York Times bestselling author of School’s First Day of School


Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780063271449
  • ISBN 10: 0063271443
  • Imprint: Katherine Tegen Books
  • On Sale: 07/16/2024
  • Pages: 32
  • List Price:24.99 CAD
  • Ages: 4 to 8
  • BISAC1 : JUVENILE FICTION / Mysteries & Detective Stories
  • BISAC2 : JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / General
  • BISAC3 : JUVENILE FICTION / Humorous Stories

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