Today our BLG reader, Maria, read us the silly rhyming story Smelly Bill – Love Stinks written and illustrated by Daniel Postgate.
Smelly Bill the dog is inspired to take a bath to impress Peachy Snugglekins (a perfect white poodle). Fresh out of his bath, he prances off to the dog show to try and win Peachy’s heart.
” What creature was it, can you tell? Why, it was Bill without the smell. He’d come to prove he was as fine As any fancy-pants canine.”
Fancy-pants canine! Can’t read that out loud without giggling!
Peachy’s owner, Aunt Bleach, is horrified at the prospect of Bill as a potential suitor for her Peachy until Bill saves her from a boggy swamp.
Bleach hugged Bill to her grateful chest. “I think we know which dog’s the best . . . Bill stinks, but he is brave and bold. And has a heart of solid gold!”
The story ends with Smelly Bill and Peachy Snugglekins perched atop the garden shed watching the evening sun go down – appropriately supervised by Aunt Bleach of course.
Our student reviewers report:
Edwin: Bill is helpful, and respectful for helping the girl from the yucky mud puddle.
Annie: I like the part where Bill was in love with another dog and the owner was mad and making a face.
Josiah: I like it when Bill went in the mud and saved Peach. I love the title! It was funny because when Bill jumped in, he splashed them both.