Stink Soup by Jill Esbaum

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A summer trip abounding in tomatoes and mischief

Annabelle and her little brother, Willie, are spending the week at Granny's. Annabelle, who has promised to keep her brother out of trouble, can't decide which is worse: being responsible for Willie, or helping Granny prepare tomatoes -- which Annabelle hates -- for home canning. Willie escapes his sister's surveillance to lasso chickens and torment the goat. Annabelle, when not searching for her brother, must squish hot tomatoes for juice - and find ways to avoid tasting the finished product. But the offending fruit ends up being of unexpected benefit as Willie's devilishness reaches an all-time high.

Annabelle narrates this flavorful farm story, depicted with comic illustrations.
 

About Jill Esbaum

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JILL ESBAUM is the award-winning author of several books for young readers, including Stanza, To the Big Top, Estelle Takes a Bath, and Ste-e-e-e-eamboat A-Comin'!. She lives on a farm near Dixon, Iowa, with her husband and family. She loves visiting schools, as well as teaching adults how to write for children in numerous classes and workshops. DAN SANTAT is the illustrator of The Secret Life of Walter Kitty by Barbara Jean Hicks, Always Lots of Heinies at the Zoo by Ayun Halliday, Chicken Dance by Tammi Sauer, the Otto Undercover books by Rhea Perlman, and Oh No (Or How My Science Project Destroyed the World) by Mac Burnett. He is also the creator of Disney's animated hit The Replacements, and lives in Southern California with his wife, two kids, a rabbit, a bird, and one cat.
 
Published March 8, 2004 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR). 32 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books.

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Spending a week at Granny’s is not Annabelle’s idea of fun for two reasons: she has to be in charge of making her little brother, Willie, behave and she has to help Granny put up mountains of tomatoes.

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Likeable narrator Annabelle is charged with keeping her younger brother out of trouble (no small feat, since "Willie and trouble went together like biscuits and gravy") and helping her grandmother put up the tomato garden, while Willie's task is a simpler one: "To play."

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