Stinky Feet Pete and the Mighty Hitters

Children - Action
36 Pages
Reviewed on 02/12/2021
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Author Biography

Award-winning children’s author, Cindy L. Shirley grew up in a small town in Cherokee County Georgia. She is a wife, mother, and grandmother of two adorable granddaughters. She loves working with children and has tons of hilarious stories to share with her readers.

In addition to being a former ASP teacher in the North Georgia school system, Mrs. Shirley is the founder of Let’s Pretend Parties and Let’s Pretend Publishing. She continues to work with children of all ages as a party planner, entertainer, and hostess. These adventures along with her personal experiences are the basis for her heartwarming children’s books: “Diesel the Body Guard: No Bullies Allowed", "Go-Cart Gertie", "Doodle and the Magic Christmas Float", "A Song for Birdie: A Child’s Journey with Autism", "Stinky Feet Pete and the Mighty Hitters", "Charlie and the Catmas Tree", "Kitty Ballou’s Sanctuary Zoo", and the series of "The Fabulous Life of Minnie the Sassy Chick.”
Each beautifully illustrated book contains a valuable lesson that is ideal for elementary school-aged children. Her creative and fun-filled storylines are sure to make children everywhere laugh and smile.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Joy Hannabass for Readers' Favorite

Can a baseball team depend on winning with one of their players having extremely stinky feet? This is what Little League Baseball team The Mighty Hitters think about Pete McGee's extra smelly feet and his lucky stinky socks. Just maybe this has been their good luck sock charm that brought them to the final championship game of the season. The game is a tight one and The Mighty Hitters are down 2-0 in the top of the ninth. Two runs score and it's up to Stinky Feet Pete to score the winning run. Can The Mighty Hitters depend on Pete's stinky socks or will the opponent team slide right through all of the stink and win the championship? You will find the answer and fun and excitement in author Cindy Lazann Shirley's Stinky Feet Pete and the Mighty Hitters.

I am a huge baseball fan so this was a fun and entertaining book for me to read and I can say I  thoroughly enjoyed it. Cindy Lazann Shirley does an amazing job with building up the excitement in the fans and players for the big game, as well as making sure those stinky sock feet of Pete's were well known. And I love the way illustrator Cleoward Sy captures the excitement on the faces of the characters. The details of the pictures and the vivid colors all make for an awesome way to capture the story in pictures for smaller children. Both Sy and Shirley work together so very well to create an amazing story. Anyone loving a good sports story will love Stinky Feet Pete and the Mighty Hitters.

Jon Michael Miller

Beautifully illustrated, Stinky Feet Pete and the Mighty Hitters by Cindy L. Shirley is a funny story about how nine-year-old Pete McGee hopes to win the championship game with his lucky but smelly socks. At first, Pete panics because as he’s getting ready, he can’t find his socks. His dad helps him, and unlike many parents who might force him to wash his socks, his parents think it’s amusing. His dad coaches the team and understands Pete’s superstition. During the whole season, Pete refused to wear clean socks. Pete is the pitcher and holds the league record for the least runs allowed. Since the team is made up of nine-year-olds, I’m guessing author Shirley gauged the vocabulary accordingly.

I’m sure baseball coaches around the world would have a hard time accepting a player having reeking socks, but Pete’s dad is the coach and plays along. This story is about the value of superstition to unify a team effort. Sports are full of superstitions, with peculiar team rituals. But in this case, it’s more than a ritual because the socks stink so much the opposing team has trouble fielding the ball. Also, the story uses some vocabulary-building words such as scorcher, rank (smelly), stench, potential, huddled, assigned, arrogant, encouragement, and anticipation. And it’s also cool how Ms. Shirley has Pete wear glasses just like his father so that you can spot them quickly in the team pictures. Also good is that there’s a girl on the team. Kids love Little League, so I’m sure they will relate to the story and the great illustrations. I think kids, especially boys, will enjoy and learn from Stinky Feet Pete and the Mighty Hitters by Cindy L. Shirley.

Barbara Fanson

Stinky Feet Pete and the Mighty Hitters is an interesting story that athletes and non-athletes will enjoy. Many people have superstitions like lucky socks, a favorite necklace, or a lucky sweater whether they’re an athlete before a big game or a student before an important test. Or perhaps you have a ritual or sequence of events that you perform just before a significant event. Author Cindy L. Shirley shares the successful superstitions of Pete’s lucky—but smelly—baseball game socks. The main character truly believes that his success at baseball is due to his favorite socks and refuses to wash them. This book will surely spark some discussion about people’s lucky game rituals like one pro hockey player who has his jersey untucked at the back. Do you have any pre-game superstitions or a lucky sweater you wear on test day?

The illustrations in Stinky Feet Pete and the Mighty Hitters are outstanding! Illustrator Cleoward Sy is an excellent artist with images showing emotion and depth. The full-page artwork will draw young readers into the book, while the story will keep them entertained. The book’s hilariously outrageous exaggeration of just how smelly his socks are makes this book a very entertaining read for children and their parents. Boys and girls can relate to this humorous story. I think public and school libraries would benefit from this book. I was surprised by the surprising twist at the end of the story. Perhaps now that the baseball championship is over, Pete will wash his socks.