Stinkbird Has a Superpower (Hardcover)

Stinkbird Has a Superpower By Jill Esbaum, Bob Shea (Illustrator) Cover Image

Stinkbird Has a Superpower (Hardcover)

By Jill Esbaum, Bob Shea (Illustrator)


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A hilarious and factual introduction to the Amazonian hoatzin—or stinkbird—and its surprising, incredible superpower. (Spoiler alert: it's more than just the stink!)

Stinkbirds have a lot in common with other birds: they have feathers, wings, and a beak. But they also have . . . a hidden superpower! This proud stinkbird papa would love to tell you more about it—if his adorable chick would quit interrupting him!
Is it their stinky, poopy smell?
What about their loud and beautiful song?
Is it the fact that they can swim?
Not that either, but you’re getting closer.
Just what is it that makes stinkbird chicks so special? You’ll have to read the book to find out!
Jill Esbaum has written many books for children, including How to Grow a Dinosaur, Frankenbunny, and If a T. Rex Crashes Your Birthday Party. Several of her books have been nominated for state awards, and I Am Cow, Hear Me Moo! won SCBWI’s Crystal Kite award. She also enjoys writing kooky beginning reader stories like Thunder and Cluck, as well as a variety of nonfiction books for National Geographic. Learn more at, and follow Jill on Twitter @JEsbaum.

Bob Shea is an award-winning author and illustrator of children’s books including the popular Ballet Cat series, The Dinosaur VS... series, and the runaway smash hit, Unicorn Thinks He’s Pretty Great. He is an Eisner Award Nominee and has worked with Comedy Central, PBS Kids, Playhouse Disney, Nick Jr., Google, and other clients. Learn more at
Product Details ISBN: 9780593529522
ISBN-10: 0593529529
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: May 16th, 2023
Pages: 32
Language: English
Praise for Stinkbird Has a Superpower:

* “This comical picture book about the Amazonian hoatzin swoops in to delight readers with funny facts, and Shea’s smooth and textural digital illustrations and eye for composition effectively create a child-like stinkbird perspective . . . Educational narration pairs with bantering dialogue to portray a loving relationship between father and son.” —The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, starred review

“Cheerful and humorous . . . This book would be a treat for a nature-themed storytime. A lively glimpse of a weird and wonderful bird.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Effusive . . . The peppy, unmistakably fact-forward text gets plenty of zhuzh via digital images by Shea. Flat, tropical colors and layers of leaves convey the rainforest’s lushness while providing a suitably theatrical backdrop for an idiosyncratic family’s celebration of pride.” —Publishers Weekly