for Hobgoblin and the Seven Stinkers of Rancidia by Kyle Sullivan and Derek Sullivan
Named a Best Book of 2019 by Kirkus Reviews, this pungent parody of Snow White modernizes (and stinks up) the themes of the classic fairy tale to serve as a timely parable of the virtues of inclusive democracy versus the evils of corrupt regimes.Set in the faraway (and terrible-smelling) land of Rancidia, where it's good to smell bad and bad to smell good, this hilarious middle-grade chapter book follows the adventures of the profoundly stinky Hobgoblin as he flees the jealous wrath of a monstrous, democracy-hating ogre tyrant named Fiddlefart. Along the way, he joins forces with the Seven Stinkers--an outcast band of foul-smelling creatures (Grody the bog monster, Yucky the skunk ape, Icky the sloth, Musty the mummy, Fusty the moldy pirate skeleton, Poot the sentient dung ball, and Toot, the dung beetle), the adorable barking spiders, and a mysterious squirrel known only as The Huntress.
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*Readers will giggle through every page of this smart political satire. As the stench-loving Rancidians would say: It stinks! -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review
Engages hard-to-please tween readers with imaginative adventure, fun illustrations [and] silly fart references...Read it together at bedtime to share laughter and a positive message of empathy and inclusivity. -- The Seattle Times
[A] hilarious second coming of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs...This story is like nothing you've ever read before...You'll instantly fart with glee[.] -- Literary Features Syndicate