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Troll Tales and Other Stories from Grandma's Cottage

Oscar and the Awful, Horrible Smell

Oscar and the Awful, Horrible Smell

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Readers' Choice Book Awards 2023 Silver Metalist
Firebird Awards, Second Place Fall 2023
Finalist, The Wishing Shelf Book Awards (2023)
Honorable Mention, Royal Dragonfly Book Awards (2023)

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.

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. 

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.” – BlueInk Review (2022)

“The author successfully builds momentum and invites reader participation through an increasingly long list of odor-related adjectives ... The silliness is skillfully crafted …” -- Kirkus Reviews (2022)

Young children love silly stories, and the funnier, dirtier, smellier, and more gruesome the better! They will love this story and fall in love with the adorable (but rather smelly) Oscar.
Star rating: 5 Stars” Readers’ Choice Book Awards (2023)

 “A sweetly written, superbly illustrated story of Oscar, the troll, who’s determined to discover where the stinky smell is coming from. Highly recommended!” - The Wishing Shelf (2023)


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Meet the Author

Betty Cetas enjoys traveling and has visited many places around the world. She especially loves the log cottage she bought in the remote woods of Finland, where she spent summers with her family and friends, telling fanciful stories of a provincial troll, a shy moose, and an impish fish. She and her husband, and their little dog, Jesse, live most of the year in Tucson, AZ and summer in the woods of northern AZ.