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Children's Fiction Mammals

Stinky Skunk Mel

by (author) Kari-Lynn Winters

illustrated by Paola Opal

Simply Read Books
Initial publish date
Apr 2014
Mammals, Friendship
Recommended Age
0 to 8
Recommended Grade
p to 3
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Apr 2014
    List Price

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Poor Mel is a stinky—no wonder, he’s a skunk. None of the other forest animals want to have anything to do with him, and Mel is sent to live at the outskirts of the forest. But then, when a big forest fire comes, Stinky Skunk’s spray is just what’s needed... proving that a little stink is very important after all.

About the authors

Kari-Lynn Winters is the author of Jeffrey and Sloth (2007), a picture book about the daunting task of overcoming writer's block, and The Meaning Maker, a children's play about reading strategies which is currently being toured throughout the Lower Mainland. A graduate of Canada's National Theatre School, she is currently performing with a Vancouver children's theatre group, The Tickle Trunk Players.

Kari has taught a range of students in Canada and the United States, including pre-school, special education, primary, intermediate, high school, and now university teacher education.

She is currently completing her Ph.D. in the Language and Literacy Department at UBC. Her research interests are children's literature, print literacy, and multimodal forms of learning.

Kari's website is

Kari-Lynn Winters' profile page

I am a Dutch-Canadian artist, author, and designer. I love creating stories that encourage inner resourcefulness, compassion, and self-empowerment. I have been a professional graphic designer for over 15 years, working on a wide range of projects from corporate marketing to themed attractions. I also illustrate and paint in a number of styles. My first book deal (for "One Little Bug") resulted from an art show at which some of my illustrations were noticed by the publisher Simply Read Books. Under the pen name Paola Opal, I illustrate and write the Simply Small series, published by Simply Read Books. Bold and bright, these board books feature baby animals that find clever ways to solve their not-so-small problems. The series has over 50, 000 books in print and two of the titles have been produced as apps.

Paola Opal's profile page

Editorial Reviews

Awards and Praise for Kari-Lynn Winters' ""On My Walk""

Finalist: 2010 BC Book Prize (“Christie Harris Illustrated Children’s Literature Prize“) and sponsored tour
Nominated: 2010-2011 BC Reader’s Choice Chocolate Lilly Award. See write-up at
Selected: Toronto Public Library First and Best of 2010
Selected: Resource Links Year’s Best – 2010
Selected: 2011 TVOParents Book Club Books for the Budding Activist
Selected, 2012: 100 Great Books to Read Together, Edmonton Public Library

""On My Walk will gently remind caregivers and children about the beauty in the world around them, no matter where they live!"" - Canadian Children's Book Center

""Share this book at storytimes, or pack it in your knapsack when you go on a neighborhood literacy walk."" - CM Magazine

""The transition from sunny day to cloudy one is subtle, but by the time the rain really hits, the book’s pages seem wonderfully stormy and waterlogged."" - Quill and Quire

Awards for Kari-Lynn Winters' ""Gift Days""
2013: Finalist, BC Book Prize (“Christie Harris Illustrated Children’s Literature Prize“)

""For the subject matter alone, this book belongs in all primary school and public library collections."" - CM Magazine
""Gift Days” is a moving story on the power of education and its place to uplift society, a choice addition to children’s picturebook collections with an international focus."" - Midwest Book Review

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