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An Entertainment Weekly Best Kids' BookWhen a skunk first appears in the tuxedoed man's doorway, it's a strange but possibly harmless occurrence. But then the man finds the skunk following him, and the unlikely pair embark on an increasingly frantic chase through the city, from the streets to the opera house to the fairground. What does the skunk want? It's not clear—but sAn Entertainment Weekly Best Kids' BookWhen a skunk first appears in the tuxedoed man's doorway, it's a strange but possibly harmless occurrence. But then the man finds the skunk following him, and the unlikely pair embark on an increasingly frantic chase through the city, from the streets to the opera house to the fairground. What does the skunk want? It's not clear—but soon the man has bought a new house in a new neighborhood to escape the little creature's attention, only to find himself missing something...This sly, hilarious tale brings together luminaries Mac Barnett and Patrick McDonnell for the first time....

Title : The Skunk
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ISBN : 9781596439665
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 40 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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The Skunk Reviews

  • Andy
    2019-02-13 17:58


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    2019-02-17 18:49


  • Justyn Rampa
    2019-01-20 16:37

    If Hitchcock and Kafka wrote children's books, the would be something like this. I think that is all I need to say.I don't quite understand it, but it definitely sticks with you:-)

  • Laura
    2019-01-21 17:35

    MAC BARNETT AND PATRICK MCDONNELL!!! Together in one book! I have been waiting and stalking book shelves for The Skunk ever since I heard the news.This quirky tale of a skunk following a tuxedo clad man everywhere & anywhere he goes is brilliant in a quiet, sly kind of way. I’ve read it again and again. Flipping the neat, black and red pages to see it all. It makes me smile.Is it a story about curiosity? Paranoia? Or is it all just for fun? You decide. I took away a--Don’t run away from the things that scare you without asking a few questions first-- message. :)Highly recommended fun.

  • Adrienne Furness
    2019-01-24 19:04

    "'Hush,' said the lady. 'This is my favorite part. So strange and so sad.'" Delightfully odd and made me giggle a lot reading it. Reminds me a little of Yorinks and Egielski's collaborations--the subject matter that seems a little adult but still works for kids, the straightforward but completely absurd language, the high-quality illustrations.

  • Anna
    2019-02-02 15:56

    After finishing this book, I feel like I have no idea what it was even about but I have an overwhelming urge to rate it 3 stars?

  • Jeremy
    2019-01-30 13:55

    All the confused and agitated reviews about this picture book are really amusing to me: Is it a philosophical paradox? Is it a commentary on friendship and love? Is it just a meaningless riddle created by Satan to taunt us? WHAT DOES THE SKUNK WANT FROM US? TELL ME, DAMN YOU!While adults on Goodreads may hate the story's ambiguity, I don't think "The Skunk" will cause any kids to lose sleep. In all likelihood, they will simply be entertained and amused by this enigmatically silly skunk story. Mac Barnett is quickly becoming one of my favourite children's authors.

  • Linda
    2019-02-10 12:40

    Oh the anticipation built into this book. One wonders and wanders with this man who is followed and followed by a skunk, yes, a skunk! The prediction possibilities with young children will fill the discussion, and the surprise at the end, perhaps predictable by older children, but it is funny. The way Patrick McConnell illustrates reminds me of the older limited-color picture books, and the style is cartoon-like, sparse, and just enough.

  • Trevor
    2019-01-20 19:42

    So many fun moments, I really didn't want it to end. I was enjoying it so much and didn't think the ending would be as enjoyable. That turned out to be true for me, but it is still fun to watch a man trying to get away from a skunk!

  • Kimberly
    2019-02-05 16:43

    So strange and so silly! What does the skunk want? I feel like there's a hole in my life now. I'll never know the answer.

  • Becky
    2019-02-09 17:57

    First sentence: When I left my house there was a skunk on my doorstep. I kept very still. I did not want to startle him. But the skunk did not seem scared. Slowly and carefully, I backed away and started down the street. The skunk started right after me. We walked together a few blocks.Premise/plot: A man is followed by a skunk everywhere he goes. If you are looking for a picture-book to illustrate the concept of stalking, I guess I have a book for you?!My thoughts: Libraries are important. They allow you to take home books and try them out. There are books that you just wouldn't be willing to take a chance on if you had to pay to read them. Books like The Skunk. Books that beg the question, does a book have to mean anything at all to be enjoyable? Does a book have to have layers of meaning, a message, in order to be worth reading and sharing? Did I like The Skunk by Mac Barnett?!?! I can't say one way or the other. I will say that I liked the end papers. The end papers at the start of the book are black and white. The end papers at the end of the book are black and white with a RED bow tie. This goes well with the story--for by the end of the story, there's been a turn around. As for the plot and characters, well, it is what it is. Text: 3 out of 5Illustrations: 4 out of 5Total: 7 out of 10

  • Lisa Zinkie
    2019-02-18 15:03

    3.49 stars. This is such a Mac B book. I like the old school illustrations.

  • Juliana Lee
    2019-02-09 16:40

    Ok, I gotta say, I like this story despite the naysayers. Yes, it’s quirky. Yes, it feels like it’s written for the adult audience. Yes, it plays well into philosophical discussions. But, it remains fun and lighthearted for the kids too. Read it and see what your children think. Is the skunk an unusual pet which might follow you home? Is the man avoiding something bad or stinky in his life? Why does the man search for the skunk once he has finally gotten rid of it? If your kids like it, I predict you’ll be reading a lot more about the skunk than you might have ever imagined!

  • Heidi-Marie
    2019-02-10 13:59

    Pure silliness. Not surprising. It made me laugh a bit. I had my suspicions as to why he was followed, but that was never addressed. I think I'll try on the little kids and see if they get the humor.3/30/16 Used in K is for theme--because it has 2 k's in it. They got a little of the humor of him being followed, and then the end where he was following the skunk. Some of the subtleties were lost, but that was expected. It still worked, and that's what I'm happy with.5/1/17-5/4/17 Morningside Elementary visits. Read this in 4th grade (after Moo, since that was short) and Kindergarten. Enjoyed by 4th grade. K liked the story but I could tell missed a couple pieces of humor.

  • Cathryn Wellner
    2019-02-07 18:43

    OK, so I admit I loved this book until the narrator slipped away from the skunk, realized he missed him, and decided to follow him. The ending just didn't work for me. We're left wondering why on earth the skunk followed the guy in the first place. And although the guy ends up finding and following the skunk, the ending seems a bit pointless.That said, Mac Barnett and Patrick McDonnell still shine. Their combination of text and illustrations is brilliant. I just wish the editor would have worked with Barnett to come up with a more satisfying ending.

  • Ruth Ann
    2019-02-16 12:58

    Funny and odd.A skunk with a red nose and a very curly tail follows a man all over town - really, all over town. Into the opera, through the underground sewer, on a Ferris Wheel,... The man is so very concerned about this strange phenomenon that he moves! But, then what happens?(view spoiler)[Notice the color changes in the illustrations when the skunk is not following the man! (hide spoiler)]Notice how much the man and skunk look alike. :)

  • Jillian Heise
    2019-01-28 11:36

    This books is what I think is a good way. It's a little disconcerting at first because you have no idea where the story is headed, but then how it comes full circle at the end had me chuckling. McDonnell's illustrations are adorably funny and charming, which balances perfectly with the story.

  • Beth
    2019-02-01 13:47

    A very strange book, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. Mac Barnett seems to be carving his niche in the children's lit world as the guy who writes books that leave you scratching your head, not entirely sure you "get" it, but embracing the uncertainty and coming to like it the more you think on it.

  • Kyle
    2019-02-02 12:54

    Super cute, funny, but leaves too many unresolved questions. Mainy, why the hell was the skunk following that guy??? Inquiring minds, including me and my sons, need to know. Artwork is by the guy who does the Mutts comic strips. I love it.

  • Debbie McNeil
    2019-02-18 12:38

    Yeah but??????? Cute ending, but my big question remains unanswered! Adorable illustrations, of course, but my big question remains unanswered! Loved it, but my big question remains unanswered!.....and I'm a little frustrated by that!

  • Lizzie
    2019-02-12 15:53

    Maybe I'm projecting but this seems like a book about anxiety. It follows you everywhere, so much so that you feel lost without it. But, in seriousness this is a fun read outloud. The color palette and the pace of the writing match this story of paranoia.

  • Maria
    2019-02-14 16:44

    A skunk appears one day and starts following a man around the city.Why I started this book: New picture books in my library, heaven!Why I finished it: I started reading this book out loud to myself. This is just too perfect for story time. I can't wait to share it with our patrons.

  • Rebecca Ann
    2019-02-08 17:51

    This is such a random story, and that is why I love it. A skunk starts following a man for no apparent reason, and when he stops, the man is so confused he starts following the skunk. For fans of whimsy and cool, limited color palette illustrations!

  • Stefanie
    2019-02-18 19:41

    Charming and old fashioned and bizarrely existential.

  • Laura
    2019-02-06 11:44

    Another cute addition to children's picture books - this time, a skunk stalker. Or is he?ARC provided by publisher.

  • Laura Harrison
    2019-02-17 14:00

    Very cute and funny. The illustrations are spectacular. I love it!

  • pati
    2019-01-22 20:02

    I love the illustrations and the story is really riveting. Why is this skunk following this man - read to find out!

  • Gigi
    2019-02-12 18:36

    I really liked this strange little story!

  • Amy
    2019-01-27 18:41

    Delightfully funny and a great mentor text for endings.

  • Jan Polep
    2019-02-18 18:45

    I just felt sorry for the skunk...nobody wants to be shunned.