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.