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The Skunk: A Picture Book (Ala Notable Children's Books. Younger Readers (Awards))

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When 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 When 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 slyly hilarious tale brings together picture book talents Mac Barnett and Patrick McDonnell for the first time.


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When 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 When 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 slyly hilarious tale brings together picture book talents Mac Barnett and Patrick McDonnell for the first time.

30 review for The Skunk: A Picture Book (Ala Notable Children's Books. Younger Readers (Awards))

  1. 4 out of 5

    Andy

    WHAT DOES THAT SKUNK WANT?!?!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Justyn Rampa

    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:-)

  3. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    WHAT IS THIS BOOK EVEN ABOUT

  4. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    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 thin 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.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Abigail

    That master of surreal picture-book amusement, Mac Barnett, returns with this entertaining example of the form. Finding a skunk on his doorstep one day, the man in this story attempts to sidestep his visitor and walk away, only to find himself pursued. No matter where he goes, the man in followed by the skunk - even into the opera house! Eventually moving house to escape this strange follower, the man discovers that now he can't get the skunk out of his mind, and he becomes the pursuer... I finis That master of surreal picture-book amusement, Mac Barnett, returns with this entertaining example of the form. Finding a skunk on his doorstep one day, the man in this story attempts to sidestep his visitor and walk away, only to find himself pursued. No matter where he goes, the man in followed by the skunk - even into the opera house! Eventually moving house to escape this strange follower, the man discovers that now he can't get the skunk out of his mind, and he becomes the pursuer... I finished The Skunk with quite a chuckle! As always with Barnett, who has produced such gems as Billy Twitters and His Blue Whale Problem , I found the story quite entertaining. This seems to be his first collaboration with illustrator Patrick McDonnell, who usually works on his own picture-books, and I enjoyed the results. The artwork is quite expressive, and captures the oddball humor of the story quite nicely. Recommended to fans of either Barnett or McDonnell, and to anyone looking for quirky children's stories with unexpected endings.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jeremy

    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. Ma 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.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    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.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Adrienne Pettinelli

    "'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.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Trevor

    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!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Anna

    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?

  11. 4 out of 5

    Becky

    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 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 5 Illustrations: 4 out of 5 Total: 7 out of 10

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly

    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.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Cute. My son laughed at the plot twist.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Shakiba Ghiasi

    The plot was nice!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Zinkie

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

  16. 5 out of 5

    Megan Bishop

    This was an interesting book. At the beginning the book had me and I was very drawn in. It had very humorous dialogue and was very comical, but the ending was a weird twist, but it did play well on human relationship if you look deep enough inside to understand it (or cared to)

  17. 5 out of 5

    Juliana Lee

    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 predic 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! http://julianaleewriter.com/books-ali...

  18. 4 out of 5

    Heidi-Marie

    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 Eleme 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.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Cathryn Wellner

    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 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.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Ruth Ann

    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. :) 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. :)

  21. 4 out of 5

    Danielle

    What I liked most about this one was how the expectations and abilities of the skunk kept shifting and opening up. First, a skunk can't do things because he's a skunk. Then he can hail a taxi. The narrator thinks the skunk won't be able to buy a ticket to the opera, but then he does. Also, the way jumps and reversals were handled in this book were abrupt in a great way, without unnecessary explanation.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jillian Heise

    This books is weird...in 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.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Beth

    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.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Siskiyou-Suzy

    I'm into Mac Barnett's weird, ambiguously ended stories, but The Skunk was too much for me. It just doesn't make sense, and I didn't know how to explain it to the preschoolers and kindergarteners to whom I read it. The cute illustrations reminded me of old-school Disney, and I liked the color scheme and all, but what to make of the story? I'll stick with Barnett's other stuff for now.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Lizzie

    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.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca Ann

    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!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Maria

    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.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Debbie McNeil

    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!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Kyle

    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.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Laura Harrison

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

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