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Everyone knows that trolls have a very sensitive sense of smell. So, when Oscar smells something new in his forest, something stinky and terrible and strange, he has to investigate. From stinky mushrooms to rotten eggs, from dead fish to sticky green sludge, join Oscar as he hunts for the source of the awful, horrible, rotten, putrid, terrible, nasty, stinky smell.


Like a fresh onion, Oscar and the Awful, Horrible Smell will bring tears to your eyes as you laugh your way through Oscar’s show and smell adventure.


About the Author

Nestled in the magical woods of Finland, on the edge of a large clear lake, a grandmother rocked back and forth in her antique rocking chair surrounded by her five clever grandchildren and told them stories about the fantastical trolls that lived nearby. Now, nine grandkids and three great-grandbabies later, her words have finally come back to life on the pages of her fun-filled tales of adventure, friendship, and just a touch of the magic that rests in the hearts of all children, young and old.

Oscar and the Awful, Horrible Smell

  • A mysterious and terrible odor spoils a berry-picking troll’s peaceful day in the woods in Cetas’ picture book. Young children who find the mention of stinky smells hilarious should get a giggle out of this tale of a troll named Oscar who’s mystified by a stench wafting through his forest. Before discovering the surprising source, Oscar follows his nose to a mushroom patch, a wolverine den, a trout pond, fresh moose dung, and more. The author successfully builds momentum and invites reader participation through an increasingly long list of odor-related adjectives: A “stinky smell” eventually becomes an “awful, horrible, rotten, putrid, terrible, nasty, stinky smell.” For added emphasis, select words are enlarged and italicized, and Oscar’s reactions (such as “ick!!!” and “yuck!!!!”) are hand-drawn in various colors at different angles. The silliness is skillfully crafted … The text-enhancing quality of Kose’s whimsical, full-page watercolor illustrations gives the book an edge over similar titles. Comical Oscar, in two-button overalls, has a huge nose and goofy, toothy grin; the stench’s cartoony origin will satisfy the target audience, and a background palette of soft greens, blues, and browns provides contrast, sprinkled with details for readers to discover.

    A lively, humorous narrative enhanced by charming illustrations.

  • Children will find Oscar's encounters with each terrible smell hilarious, while learning new words by repetition at the same time. . . . The illustrations are bright and cheerful, and Oscar is relatable, a chubby, pink, wide-eyed innocent who gets into trouble without meaning to. 

    . . . [C]hildren will giggle with delight as Oscar encounters each new "horrible, rotten, putrid, terrible, nasty, stinky" smell in his pastoral world.