Reading Club: Children’s Literature | The Stinky Tribe - Εικόνα

Our Reading Club for young book lovers, hosted by the theater educator Artemis Manou, makes another date for September

The book that will inspire this month’s meeting is The Stinky Tribe.

Our young readers will have the chance to share their impressions, feelings and thoughts, as well as to travel, using their imagination as the vehicle and the book of the month as their launch pad, into the exciting worlds that spring up from its pages. 

There are some children who live apart from the grown-ups. They are the Stinky Tribe! 

“There is a group of children who live in the trees of the forest, in the company of their friends the animals. They don’t need grown-ups, they manage very well by themselves”.  All they need is nature and its gifts. They know how to fish, to start a fire, to navigate using the stars as their guide. They collect the rubbish that the grown-ups dump in the river, they play with improvised toys, and they have learned to read by decoding the ingredients’ lists on packets of chips. They are smart, inventive, free, and … totally stinky, because they never wash! But the adults of the neighboring village, led by Yvonne Carre, want to clean them up. To put them in a giant washing machine and strip them of any trace of dirt! What plans will this squeaky-clean lady hatch to bring the children to her perfectly-ordered orphanage?

How long can the Stinky Tribe resist cleanliness, rules and discipline?

With plenty of humor and a large dose of truth, this delightful book with its imaginative illustrations brings to our attention the rights of children; self-sufficiency, self-development, and free will, but also responsibility, collectivity and solidarity. It received the White Ravens award in 2018. 

The author:
Elise Gravel was born in Montreal in 1977. She studied graphic arts in Quebec. She has written and illustrated more than 30 books for children. She lives in the city of her birth with her daughters, her husband, her cats, and a few spiders (in her own words!). 

The Reading Club hostess:
Artemis Manou completed her undergraduate studies at the Faculty of Philology (majoring in Linguistics) of the University of Athens School of Philosophy, and gained a Master’s Degree in Teaching Modern Greek as a Foreign/Second Language; she also attended the Vasilis Diamantopoulos School of Drama. Having spent several years working in private education and as an actor, in 2009 she combined her love for theater and children as a facilitator and director of theater groups. She has worked with the Onassis Foundation Stegi on the Youth Theater Festival, writing plays and staging performances for teenagers, and was a contributor in the experiential learning program “Contemporary Art: first you live… then you understand” held by the Onassis Stegi in primary schools, where she organized, along with Jenny Argyriou, Andreas Kasapis and Myrto Tikov, creative expression workshops based on stimuli from contemporary art. Since 2017, she runs workshops for children, teenagers and education professionals at the National Theater. She has written a total of 15 plays for young people. The National Theater’s program “Theater in Greek”, addressed to Greek and refugee teenagers, holds a special place in her heart. Her play “To Taxidi”, which she co-wrote with Vangelis Kyriakou, was included in the repertoire of the Young People’s Stage of the National Theater (“Mikro Ethniko”) in 2018. She was born and lives in Athens. But she dreams of living in many more places – along with her family. 

A little pre-meeting project for Reading Club members:

Write a letter to a grown-up of your choice (for example, your mum or dad, uncle or aunt, grandma or grandpa, a teacher), and share your complaints, things that they don’t do right, examples of times that they didn’t understand you, and give them some advice on how they can change (and/or anything else you like). Let’s do a little role reversal! 

Sunday 19/09

For children aged 7 to 10 years old
Up to 27 participants
Free participation by online pre-registration

Preregistration starts on Monday 30/08 at 12.00


To take part in the Reading Club, all registered participants are required to read the book of the month. 

The Stinky Tribe with illustrations by Magali Le Huche is available in Greek translation by Mikri Selini Publications. 


In the context of the collaboration between the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center and the National Library of Greece, the children's book of September's Reading Club has been selected by the Staff of the NLG.


Due to public health measures, there may be changes regarding either the staging of the event, or the maximum number of participants.

The use of face mask and social distancing measures are mandatory in indoor and outdoor areas of the SNFCC, in accordance with Hellenic National Public Health Organization regulations. 

Children should always be accompanied by parents or adult chaperones, who should stay outside the activity area for as long as the activity lasts.

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Monday 27/09, 18:30

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