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Stuck in a Stinky Den by Max Lucado (for Kids)

Updated on March 5, 2014

A sweet children's book about overcoming fear.

Teaching a child to handle their fears early can change the course of their lives. We all have things that scare us. When we are grown ups, we might be afraid of more real, tangible things like taxes, death, or disease. Children may have fears that we consider silly, like a monster under the bed or fear of the dark, which could be traced to a fear of the unknown. Stuck in a Stinky Den is a wonderful book for showing children how they can deal with their fear, though, which is a tool that will help them get through life. The characters in the book are lovable and sweet, and are sure to become favorites in your house! Children and adults will love this simple story of finding true courage.

The appropriate age range for this book, in my opinion, is infancy through preschool.

(Photo mine)

Hermie praying.
Hermie praying.

A caterpillar and a worm teach a great lesson.

Plot, setting, and lesson

The setting for the story is a hole in the ground. To be more specific, it is a skunks' den, which reminds us of the lions' den in the Bible story about Daniel.

Hermie and Wormie were playing Hide and Seek when Wormie fell into a skunks' den. Thankfully, the skunks were sleeping, but he was terrified that they would wake up and spray him. Additionally, there was seemingly no way out of the hole for him. What to do?

Wormie sets a great example for little readers (or listeners, if an adult is reading). He remembers to pray and ask God for help. As soon as he prays and trusts God, the fear melts away. About that time, Hermie discovers where his friend has fallen and rescues him with a stick. On the last page, he prompts readers to check out the story of Daniel in the lions' den in the Bible (Daniel 6:16-24).

Photo mine, of my son's copy of the book.

The caterpillar leaves us with a call to action.

At the end, the readers are invited to go look up the Bible story that inspired this story.

(Photo mine, of my son's copy of the book.)

Buy your copy - and check out other books in the series

"Stuck in a Stinky Den" comes from Max Lucado's "Hermie & Friends" series. Hermie is a friendly and kind little caterpillar who gives us a Biblical lesson at the end of this book.

Flo the Lyin' Fly (Max Lucado's Hermie & Friends)
Flo the Lyin' Fly (Max Lucado's Hermie & Friends)
Here is another book in the Hermie & Friends series from which "Stuck in a Stinky Den" comes.
Rock, Roll, and Run (Max Lucado's Hermie & Friends)
Rock, Roll, and Run (Max Lucado's Hermie & Friends)
Here is another book in the Hermie & Friends series from which "Stuck in a Stinky Den" comes.

What do you think about the author, Max Lucado?

Do you like Max Lucado books for children?

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I don't write children's books, but I am an author.

Check out my collection of southern short stories. Also available through Barnes & Noble. If you like southern fiction, this is for you.

Have you read any of Max Lucado's Hermie & Friends books to your children?

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      Barbara Radisavljevic 

      6 years ago from Templeton, CA

      No,I haven't read any of these. They weren't yet written when I had children at home.

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      Gloria Freeman 

      6 years ago from Alabama USA

      No, what a great way for a child to learn how to deal with fear. Great review.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      6 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I think every child should have this book. Great review. Enjoyed.

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      Tanya Jones 

      6 years ago from Texas USA

      Every now and again I'll pick up a child's book by which to entertain my inner child. I think this would be a nice book to try next time I do so. Great lens.

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      6 years ago from South Carolina

      @favored: He's definitely a versatile writer!

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      6 years ago from South Carolina

      @Ruthi: We have "Just in Case You Ever Wonder," too, Ruthi! It's a good one!

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      Faye Rutledge 

      6 years ago from Concord VA

      I have bought many of the Max Lucado books for my grandson. He LOVES them!

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      Fay Favored 

      6 years ago from USA

      No not the children's books, but I know his other works.

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      6 years ago

      I have read a couple of Lucado's books, but as far as his books for kids I think the only one I've read is "Just In Case You Ever Wonder" and it is a great board book. I love the illustrations in :Stuck In A Stinky Den."


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