Staten Island for too long was the city's dumping ground. We shouldn't have to put up with mystery smells from New Jersey either. Let them keep their foul odors to themselves.
The mystery smell that little Kate reports to junior detectives Marsha and Nobby comes from that empty old house on Grizzly Hill (""'The one that's supposed to be haunted?' 'That's it' ""); after Kate fails to transport the smell in a cardboard box, the three children hurry to Grizzly Hill to investigate. Beginning readers hoping to get wind of a real mystery might be disappointed to discover that the strange smell, spooky shadows and thumping, bumping, spanking sounds only come from grandmotherly newcomer Mrs. Birdie who is making bread; perhaps, though, those who follow the lead of these detectives-turned-bakers will find the old lady's whole wheat recipe worth sniffing out.
You may say to yourself, “Man, does Toni have a poo fetish? She sure writes about poo a lot…” but then I would say to you “You smell like poo.” Now that we have cleared that up, let me tell you the story of the mystery poo smell.
No, you're not the only one. In fact, I”m relieved to hear that I'm not either. I have two boys. Mysterious smells are common occurrences in my house. Just lovely, huh?