By Betsy Devany
Illustrated by Christopher Denise
Lucy had 17 baby dolls all with very distinctive names such as Sparkly Baby, Cry Baby, Burper Baby, Bubba Bea, Squeaky Baby and many more. But her favorite baby by far was Smelly Baby. Why, you might ask, would she name her such a distasteful name? Well, the reason was simple. When her grandmother gave her the baby and she first kissed it she said, “She smells like peppermint.” And so Smelly Baby was named!
As most favorite doll, Smelly Baby went everywhere and did everything with Lucy. In time, this resulted in her being truly representative of her name as she smelled less of peppermint and more of smellier things. But Lucy didn’t care, she thought Smelly Baby was perfect! Unfortunately, so did Lucy’s dog Stasher who had his own collection of stinky, stuffy toys all of which were covered with doggie drool.
How can Smelly Baby stay safe from a doggie kidnapping? And can a family actually bond over a child’s toy – smelly or not?
This charming tale of the love between a child and her favorite doll has found a special place in my heart. Christopher Denise’s full page illustrations with soft, expressive faces are particularly delightful.
I would highly recommend this to any preschooler whose best friend is their favorite toy.
Reviewed by Connie (Schimelpfenig Library)