Mr Stink

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Mr. Stink
Author David Walliams
Illustrator Quentin Blake
Language English
Publisher HarperCollins
Publication date
29 October 2009
Media type Print
Pages 272 pp
ISBN 978-0007279050
OCLC ocn535490682
LC Class PZ7.W1593357 Mr 2010

Mr. Stink is a book published in October 2009 and written by David Walliams and illustrated by Quentin Blake.[1] The book has been adapted as a stage musical[2][3] and has been made into a television film of the same name by the BBC shown during Christmas 2012 on BBC1.[1][4]

Plot summary[edit]

Chloe, a 12-year-old girl, wants to help her friend, Mr. Stink, but she does not know how. She wrote a story that her mother tore up because she wants Chloe to work at school. Chloe thinks that her mother does not love her as she loves her little sister. Chloe hides her friend in the shed and discovers that her father was a member of a rock band, called the Serpents of Doom. Chloe's mother was invited to a TV show and Chloe's parents were obliged to take Mr. Stink. Mr. Stink was the star of the show, often with people laughing at him. The people loved him so much that he was invited to come to the Prime Minister's office. The Prime Minister was horrible to Mr. Stink, saying he will be laughed at, not with. So Chloe stuck up for her friend, and they went back home, where Mr. Stink had to say goodbye and wander the streets forever.

Characters[edit]

  • Chloe Crumb–An unhappy 12-year-old girl, who has brown hair. She loves her father dearly, but hates her sister and mother. She is very lonely. She has no friends and dislikes Christmas. She doesn't like Mince pies, tinsel and that it never snows. The one thing Chloe loves is stories. Her only friend is Mr. Stink.
  • Mr. Stink–A stinky gentleman. The only thing that smells worse is his beard. His only companion is his dog, Duchess—who enjoys sausages—and later Chloe. It is revealed later in the book that he is homeless because his house burnt down and his wife died. It also revealed he was very rich. His real name is Lord Darlington.
  • Annabelle Crumb–Chloe's 10-year-old sister who is a spiteful snob. Chloe's mother dotes on her. She is very athletic and musical. She wears her hair in bunches to bed. She takes part in many extra-curricular activities just to please her mother.
  • Mr. Crumb–Chloe and Annabelle's father and Janet's husband. He fears his wife and is the only member of the Crumb family who is fond of Chloe at the start of the book/film.
  • The Duchess–Mr. Stink's smelly, white Yorkshire Terrier, who is usually considered black by passers-by, because she is normally covered in a layer of soot and dirt.
  • Janet (Mrs.) Crumb–Chloe and Annabelle's mother and wife to Mr. Crumb. A woman obsessed with her youngest daughter, politics and being posh. She wants to drive the homeless off the streets and to win a by-election. She also appears on Politics Tonight with Mr. Stink.
  • Rosamund-A spiteful and popular girl, whose main target is always Chloe.
  • Elizabeth-The plain white, boring cat belonging to the Crumb family. She is named after Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth.
  • Raj-A humble, kind newsagent shopkeeper who is in each of David Walliams' books except Awful Auntie.

Publication[edit]

Mr. Stink was originally published by HarperCollins in October 2009 in hardcover format. A list of notable formats is as follows:

Release Date Publisher format pages ISBN
29 October 2009 HarperCollins hardcover 272pp 978-0007279050
27 May 2010 HarperCollins Children's Books paperback 224pp 978-0007279067
27 May 2010 HarperCollins audio book CD 978-0007333394
14 October 2010 RazorBill paperback 265pp 978-1595143327

Key points with other David Walliams novels[edit]

  • Ratburger shares a key point with Mr. Stink: like Chloe Crumb, Zoe's only allies are Raj and her father

Television adaptation[edit]

A 60-minute film of Mr. Stink aired on 23 December 2012 on BBC One after it was originally scheduled to air on Boxing Day.[5] The film was the most watched in its 6:30-7:30pm timeslot with 6.34 million viewers tuning in. It was also broadcast in and was the BBC's first ever narrative program to be filmed in 3D.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b John Plunkett (21 February 2012). "David Walliams' Mr Stink to be made into BBC1 comedy drama". The Guardian. Retrieved 3 July 2012. 
  2. ^ Lyn Gardner (2 June 2011). "Mr Stink – review". The Guardian. Retrieved 3 July 2012. 
  3. ^ Martin Chilton (12 September 2011). "David Walliams: busiest man in showbusiness". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 3 July 2012. 
  4. ^ Candice Lo (21 February 2012). "David Walliams' Mr Stink Comes to BBC One". BBC. Retrieved 3 July 2012. 
  5. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/mediapacks/xmas12/bbc-one.html#section-13
  6. ^ Mr Stink 3D