Horace Henway Raises A Stink

Children - Picture Book
28 Pages
Reviewed on 02/15/2021
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Author Biography

Kathleen Arthur is proof that you can retire from one profession and begin a new one on the opposite end of the spectrum. In her 30-year career as an Official Court Reporter, she reported over 4,000 trials verbatim. Nowadays, the stories she writes are fictional and humorous.

She was inspired to write "Horace Henway Raises A Stink" when a lawyer named Joe lifted a podium and accidentally passed gas in front of the jury. The stench was so terrible that the Judge immediately called for a recess. Joe did not win his case that day, but he certainly left a big impression.

Arthur is considered by some to be a health nut, and so far her books have centered around children's health subjects. Her traditional book illustrations are rendered in acrylic on canvas. In addition to illustrating, she enjoys visual storytelling in the form of abstract realism paintings.

Arthur and her family live in the Desert Southwest. When she's not writing or painting, she enjoys playing the piano, cooking, and staying away from stinky courthouses.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite

Horace Henway was a regular kid but when he passed a little gas in class, the smell of it spread quickly. Horace turned redder than a beet as the sound was heard by every student in his class. His classmates held their noses as he sat in his seat and Billy said it was Horace who did it. There were reactions from Jimmy, Katie, and others, but it was only Mr. Loo who did not shame Horace. He decided to give a lesson in science about digestion. He explained to the class the entire process of digestion and why it is important what is put on the fork because unhealthy foods can clog the pipes like a cork. Horace decided to eat vegetables, fruits, nuts, and grains so that his pipes did not get clogged.

Horace Henway Raises a Stink by Kathleen Arthur is an adorable story that explains the importance of eating healthily in a fun way. The colorful illustrations make the story captivating and entertaining to young readers. The rhyming verses give the story a good pace and movement and will make science class more interesting. It is a good story to be read out loud in classrooms and can also be used for storytelling sessions in school libraries to make children realize the importance of eating healthy foods. Books like this make science interesting for kids and help them understand the topic and the concept easily.