It’s Okay To Smell Good!

It’s Okay To Smell Good brings the great message that it’s okay to love different things to light. Embrace all your qualities and likes no matter how odd others may think they are. Remember to be free to be you!” – Momma Braga


Panda Cat begins each day by brushing his teeth with garlic and onion toothpaste, combing rotten eggs through his hair and enjoying a breakfast of spoiled milk and a rotten apple. In Smellsville, it’s cool to be stinky.

But when he tries to invent the stinkiest smell ever for the science fair, it backfires – because it smells good. And Panda Cat might actually…like it? How will be tell his friends? Or his hero, Albert Einstink – the scientist behind the theory of stinkactivity?

Photo Credit: Jason Tharp


It’s Okay to Smell Good! is a must read story full of humor, fun and an important lesson of being free to be you. Jason Tharp has become one of our favorite authors since we reviewed, It’s Okay to Be A Unicorn, which taught us all to embrace our unicorness (uniqueness). 😉

This new children’s story brings new characters with a beautiful message and best of all lots of humor! As I was reading the story out loud to my daughter, my husband was laughing in the background. Clearly this story is great for some adult laughs too. Of course I absolutely love the word play in the story such as “Smellville.” Nikki’s favorite was Albert Einstink as it reminded her of Albert Einstein.

Photo Credit: Jason Tharp

For this #MelAndNikkiReview we give this book 10 stinky cheeses out of 5 (in a good way)! 😉 Another amazing Jason Tharp story to really help children see how special they are and to embrace their uniqueness and differences. This book had us all giggling with delight and we got to talk about how we all like different things and we still love one another as a family.

“Just because we like different things, we can still love each other. Maybe that is what makes us all better. It wouldn’t be fun if we all liked the same thing?!” – Nikki, Age 6

Photo Credit: Jason Tharp

Special Extra

We truly love the new character of Panda Cat and if you haven’t subscribed to Wonderville Studio’s YouTube channel, you should! We tuned into the tutorial on how to draw the main character and it was a lot of fun. It is a way to further emerge yourself with the story.

Below was my attempt at Panda Cat and I added a little more to make it into my own (which encouraged). 🙂 If you want to learn how to draw Panda Cat, click here.

This book is great for kids ages three to six but we would recommend it for all who want a great fun read! If you would like to purchase this awesome book, click here.

About the Author

Jason Tharp has dreamed of being an author and creating wacky worlds with fun characters since he was a kid. Now as a grown-up kid, Jason is driven to help others embrace the magic of their stories in books like It’s Okay to Be a Unicorn! Being an obsessive daydreamer and doodler has led him to create many licensed properties, write books, and design clothing and travel the country talking to kids and adults about embracing their “weirdness” and the power of the unicorn effect. Jason lives in Columbus, Ohio.

Jason’s work includes the Peachy & Keen and Super Monsta Friends series for Scholastic, National Geographic Kids’ Funny Fill-Ins, and the Hog Mollies for the nonprofit 2nd & 7 Foundation.

Until next time…Happy Parenting!

-Momma Braga

*Please note that this book was provided in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are our own.

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