Author: Terry Jones and Brian Froud
ISBN: 0-684-83206-2
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Editions

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Lady Cottington's Pressed Faery Book seems to be the inspiration for this uproariously funny and often deliciously tasteless book devoted to the true nature of smells and stains. Apparently, smells and stains are living breathing creatures worthy of our respect and our curiosity.

The book exposes these creatures by interviewing said smells and stains. The results are outrageously funny and intimate peeks into their lives and characters. Often, the results are thought-provoking; we’ve all had these thoughts, we just don’t communicate them, lest others think we are rude and uncouth. Now, you can laugh out loud and even share these creatures with others. Terry Jones’

Strange Stains and Mysterious Smells has freed us. From the gutter to the parlor room (although perhaps still in gentle whispers) it’s now permissible to acknowledge foul orders and familiar but embarrassing stains.

Brian Froud’s illustrations are marvelous. While technically reminiscent of the Nottingham journal, they are uniquely full of their own stinky personalities. Children will laugh at the text and fall in love with the creatures on sight. Be careful when reading this book aloud to children as not every sentence is appropriate for young children. There are sections that simply won’t mean anything to children as well. If you read ahead a bit, you can avoid these spots and the children will never even know.

Strange Stains and Mysterious Smells is entertaining and a bit intellectual, in a rude sort of way. You’ll certainly laugh and perhaps even relax a bit regarding the smells and stains that befall us all, even though we try to ignore them in pleasant company. The only thing that would’ve made this book better is a scratch and sniff stamp on each page!

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