What’s That Smell? Ready-to-Read Level 2

Simon Spotlight/S. & S./. (Super Gross). Aug. 2022. 32p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781665920766; pap. $4.99. ISBN 9781665920759.
Gr 1-3–Nonfiction for newly independent readers has never smelled so good! With a humorous tone, this title takes the sense of smell and provides a well-balanced introduction to the topic in an engaging way. Illustrations are photographs and cartoons, with a lead narrator, Dr. Ick, exploring where smells originate and how humans perceive them. Vocabulary is challenging, making this title appropriate for stronger independent readers; but there are supports in the form of a glossary and pronunciation guides. The book ends with a fun “Stinky Sock Test” that fortunately uses perfume, rather than a smelly sock, to test readers’ olfactory capabilities. No index or sources for further research are included.
VERDICT This title would be useful and fun for sharing with groups or for a class exploring the sense of smell.

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