Chloe is a spoiled girl, raised by a persistent and uncaring mother called Mrs Crumb. She is picked on by her younger sister, causing her to be wrongly accused by her mother. She is also bullied in school by Rosamund and her associates. However, it all changes when she meets the local Tramp, Mr Stink. They form a bond quickly through numerous experiences together. Later on, Mrs Crumb nominates herself to become the MP, with numerous policy plans. And one of them is for homeless people to leave the town.
Obviously, Chloe doesn’t want Mr Stink to leave the town for life. So, she secretly hides Mr Stink in the garden shed of their house, in hope that he won’t be found. As days passed, the ruthless Mrs Crumb continues to keep Chloe’s life miserable. If she ever becomes the MP, Chloe didn’t know how life would be in the future. At the same, time the two continue communicating as Chloe provided the vagabond (Mr Stink calls himself) basic care.
Anyways, when a Times Reporter came to interview Mrs Crumb about the election, a hungry Mr Stink showed up out of the blue, ruining the mother’s interview. It seemed imminent that she would fly of the handle, but she didn’t. Instead, she kept her cool, but reluctantly hated the aroma Mr Stink released. With that, it was certainly a lucky escape from hot water for Chloe and her dad, who knew the dirty secret but kept it to themselves.
Later on, the jolly and at the same time jealous Mrs Crumb got a call from the PM and was invited to a television programme but had to bring Mr Stink along. Well, she did it, in disgust.
For the rest of the story, you have to read the book as that is the climax and the resolution.
In my opinion, this book is a classic and touching masterpiece by David Williams!
Title: Mr Stink
Author: David Williams
Illustrator: Quentin Blake
Age Group: 8-12