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Reviewed by Tiffany Ferrell for Readers' Favorite
In Stinky Steve by Regina Puckett, Steve is a skunk who has two friends named Tom and Freddie. Freddie is an elephant and Tom is a giraffe who deals with the same teasing from three badger brothers named Mike, Macon, and Matt. On the way to school this particular morning, the three badgers seek out the trio of friends to give them a hard time with taunts and teasing. Unbeknown to the brothers, Steve and his friends have superpowers.
I thought this was a really adorable story that also sends a very positive message to children. Bullying is a large problem in most schools and I feel the younger a kid learns that making fun of people is bad the better. I also love how Regina Puckett labels traits of Steve and his friends as superpowers. Like how Steve is a skunk and sprays when he feels he’s in danger or how Tom the giraffe's power is his height which helps him see danger coming from a distance. The story is a great example of how we need to celebrate everyone’s uniqueness.
I also really liked the fact that it ended on a good note with the badger brothers learning that teasing others is bad and hurtful, and they decide to stop and become friends. Another part of this book I enjoyed was the colorful pictures that made this story come to life. Stinky Steve by Regina Puckett is a book that I would definitely recommend to anyone with a child to help them understand what bullying is as well as healthy ways to stop it.