The Skunk
The Skunk
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Mac Barnett, illus. by Patrick McDonnell
ISBN 978-1596439665
Roaring Brook Press, 2015.
5 stars
Keywords: 4-7 ages mac-barnett skunk

The Skunk
by Mac Barnett, illus. by Patrick McDonnell

Barnett has done it again in this hilarious tale of a skunk who won’t stop following the narrator, a man dressed in a tuxedo. The man takes wild turns to escape the skunk, hiding behind shrubs, even seeking to lose himself in a crowd at the opera, but still the skunk manages to trail him. The narrator asks the skunk, “What do you want?” Alas, “The skunk did not answer. The skunk was a skunk.” McDonnell’s minimalist illustrations give the book the feel of a black-and-white movie that switches to full-color with a turn in the story. This witty tale is a great story to read aloud.

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