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A People Best Book for Kids of 2020 A Kirkus Reviews Best Children’s Book of 2020 A Booklist Editor’s Choice Book of 2020 A School Library Journal Best Book of 2020 A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2020 A Shelf Awareness for Readers Best Book of 2020 A New York Public Library Best Book of 2020 A Chicago Public Library Best Book of 2020 An Indigo Best Book of the Year 2020 A A People Best Book for Kids of 2020 A Kirkus Reviews Best Children’s Book of 2020 A Booklist Editor’s Choice Book of 2020 A School Library Journal Best Book of 2020 A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2020 A Shelf Awareness for Readers Best Book of 2020 A New York Public Library Best Book of 2020 A Chicago Public Library Best Book of 2020 An Indigo Best Book of the Year 2020 An Evanston Public Library Great Kids Book of 2020 Wallace and Gromit meets Winnie-the-Pooh in a fresh take on a classic odd-couple friendship, from Newbery Honor author Amy Timberlake with full-color and black-and-white illustrations throughout by Caldecott Medalist Jon Klassen.   No one wants a skunk.   They are unwelcome on front stoops. They should not linger in Important Rock Rooms. Skunks should never, ever be allowed to move in. But Skunk is Badger’s new roommate, and there is nothing Badger can do about it.   When Skunk plows into Badger’s life, everything Badger knows is upended. Tails are flipped. The wrong animal is sprayed. And why-oh-why are there so many chickens?   “Nooooooooooooooooooooo!”   Newbery Honor author Amy Timberlake spins the first tale in a series about two opposites who need to be friends.   New York Times bestselling author/illustrator and Caldecott Medalist Jon Klassen completes the book with his signature lushly textured art. This beautifully bound edition contains both full-color plates and numerous black-and-white illustrations.   Skunk and Badger is a book you’ll want to read, reread, and read out loud . . . again and again.


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A People Best Book for Kids of 2020 A Kirkus Reviews Best Children’s Book of 2020 A Booklist Editor’s Choice Book of 2020 A School Library Journal Best Book of 2020 A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2020 A Shelf Awareness for Readers Best Book of 2020 A New York Public Library Best Book of 2020 A Chicago Public Library Best Book of 2020 An Indigo Best Book of the Year 2020 A A People Best Book for Kids of 2020 A Kirkus Reviews Best Children’s Book of 2020 A Booklist Editor’s Choice Book of 2020 A School Library Journal Best Book of 2020 A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2020 A Shelf Awareness for Readers Best Book of 2020 A New York Public Library Best Book of 2020 A Chicago Public Library Best Book of 2020 An Indigo Best Book of the Year 2020 An Evanston Public Library Great Kids Book of 2020 Wallace and Gromit meets Winnie-the-Pooh in a fresh take on a classic odd-couple friendship, from Newbery Honor author Amy Timberlake with full-color and black-and-white illustrations throughout by Caldecott Medalist Jon Klassen.   No one wants a skunk.   They are unwelcome on front stoops. They should not linger in Important Rock Rooms. Skunks should never, ever be allowed to move in. But Skunk is Badger’s new roommate, and there is nothing Badger can do about it.   When Skunk plows into Badger’s life, everything Badger knows is upended. Tails are flipped. The wrong animal is sprayed. And why-oh-why are there so many chickens?   “Nooooooooooooooooooooo!”   Newbery Honor author Amy Timberlake spins the first tale in a series about two opposites who need to be friends.   New York Times bestselling author/illustrator and Caldecott Medalist Jon Klassen completes the book with his signature lushly textured art. This beautifully bound edition contains both full-color plates and numerous black-and-white illustrations.   Skunk and Badger is a book you’ll want to read, reread, and read out loud . . . again and again.

30 review for Skunk and Badger

  1. 5 out of 5

    Miranda Reads

    New week, new BookTube Video - all about the books sent to me in July and August! Annnnd here's the verdict on it! New Month, New Tierlist BookTube Video is up - click the link to check out my August Reading Vlog! The Written Review Badger didn't normally shut the door on animals that knocked. But there was too much slick in this one's stripe... Badger lives in a little brownstone home thanks to the generosity of Aunt Lula, a pine martin. All Badger wants is to be New week, new BookTube Video - all about the books sent to me in July and August! Annnnd here's the verdict on it! New Month, New Tierlist BookTube Video is up - click the link to check out my August Reading Vlog! The Written Review Badger didn't normally shut the door on animals that knocked. But there was too much slick in this one's stripe... Badger lives in a little brownstone home thanks to the generosity of Aunt Lula, a pine martin. All Badger wants is to be left alone to do his Important Rock Work but then...Aunt Lula invites a roommate to the brownstone. "I am here!" "You are," said Badger. There was a pause. Followed by another pause. Aunt Lula owns the brownstone, so Badger has to agree to her...but this skunk. Ohhh this skunk. He really bristles Badger's fur. The Skunk is always There and Present and In-The-Way. "If I yell 'rock,' leave me alone." "That is concerning. But okay." But...having a roommate also means someone to split the chores, to make food with and to talk about Important Rock Things. Perhaps having a roommate wouldn't be so bad after all? Oh man. This book was so bleeping cute. Skunk and Badger had such a fun way of interacting with each other and the illustrations completely captured their personalities. Badger's rock obsession was infectious. He would spout off rock facts and pull Skunk into all types of conversations involving his collection. And Skunk's hilariously strong chicken connection really lightened the book. The way they poked at each other and ultimately grew from the experience really warmed my heart. All in all, I'm so happy with this book and I'm delighted that it is a series! I cannot wait for more! A huge thank you to Algonquin Young Readers and Amy for sending me a free copy in exchange for an honest review. YouTube | Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | Snapchat @miranda_reads

  2. 4 out of 5

    Tina

    This is a middle grade, and this is the first book in the Skunk and Badger series. I really enjoyed this book, and the message in this book was really good. The characters in this book was really good, and they where really developed. I really loved the skunk character in this book. The audiobook was really good, and I really love the narrator. I was kindly provided an e-audiobook of this book by the publisher (Algonquin Young Readers) or author (Amy Timberlake) via NetGalley in exchange for an This is a middle grade, and this is the first book in the Skunk and Badger series. I really enjoyed this book, and the message in this book was really good. The characters in this book was really good, and they where really developed. I really loved the skunk character in this book. The audiobook was really good, and I really love the narrator. I was kindly provided an e-audiobook of this book by the publisher (Algonquin Young Readers) or author (Amy Timberlake) via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review about how I feel about this book, and I want to send a big Thank you to them for that. (*)

  3. 4 out of 5

    Amy Imogene Reads

    This was adorable and nostalgic and everything we need to save us from 2020. A badger in a rut meets a skunk looking for a roommate—things will never be the same. Oh, and also there are chickens. Writing: ★★★★★ Characters: ★★★★★ Enjoyment: ★★★★★ Badger is an Important Rock Scientist. He does Important Rock Things in his rock room, which is the living room of a brownstone building that his Aunt Lula lets him live in. Badger doesn't explore the city, he eats cereal everyday, and he never—ever—receive This was adorable and nostalgic and everything we need to save us from 2020. A badger in a rut meets a skunk looking for a roommate—things will never be the same. Oh, and also there are chickens. Writing: ★★★★★ Characters: ★★★★★ Enjoyment: ★★★★★ Badger is an Important Rock Scientist. He does Important Rock Things in his rock room, which is the living room of a brownstone building that his Aunt Lula lets him live in. Badger doesn't explore the city, he eats cereal everyday, and he never—ever—receives guests. Then one day there is a knock at the door. Skunk has arrived. Skunk was also told that he could live in Aunt Lula's brownstone. Aunt Lula thinks Badger needs a roommate. Aunt Lula also thinks Skunk needs a place to call home. (Life isn't easy for a skunk.) Badger didn't think he needed a roommate, but Lula owns the house so... Skunk is here to stay. But it quickly becomes clear that Badger and Skunk have different ideas about life, noise, and...chickens? What a cute, beautiful, heartwarming, and beautifully illustrated tale about two unlikely characters discovering what it means to be good. Skunk and Badger is the perfect tale for kids—the pleasing repetition of themes and sentence structure begs to be read aloud—and the themes of acceptance and love are applicable for all ages. I loved reading this as an adult, so don't be shy! Beautiful story. Thank you to Algonquin Books for Young Readers for my copy in exchange for an honest review. Blog | Instagram

  4. 5 out of 5

    Cheri

    Badger has been living in his Aunt Lula’s brownstone for three years, and in those three years he’s managed to change things around the place in order to make it his own. Everything he needed now had a place, which was good for him, and now he could carry on doing his Important Rock Work. Not expecting anyone to interrupt him, he hears a knock on the door. He checks his calendar and the day is marked X – showing that it is, in fact, a day for Important Rock Work. It can’t be Aunt Lula, he thinks Badger has been living in his Aunt Lula’s brownstone for three years, and in those three years he’s managed to change things around the place in order to make it his own. Everything he needed now had a place, which was good for him, and now he could carry on doing his Important Rock Work. Not expecting anyone to interrupt him, he hears a knock on the door. He checks his calendar and the day is marked X – showing that it is, in fact, a day for Important Rock Work. It can’t be Aunt Lula, he thinks, since she rarely visits, writing letters instead – and then he remembers the two or three letters she’s sent which he has yet to open. So Badger just ignores the knocking. He hears a voice calling his name, and ignores that. He keeps trying to concentrate on his work, but then he worries that it might be someone or something important, and so he opens the door. There’s a chicken there, but no one else, but before he has time to go back inside, Skunk is there, carrying his red suitcase and introducing himself, and quickly makes himself at home. And at first things seem fine, Skunk is happy to get up and make a big hearty breakfast, and makes himself busy ‘helping’ around the house… but in ways that Badger doesn’t really appreciate, although things are all right for a while, a short while. Where Badger has his ways he likes things, Skunk likes things to be another way, which reminded me of Felix and Oscar in the old television seriesThe Odd Couple. Neither is right, neither is wrong, but they see their world in very different ways. They have few things in common, and both are set in their ways. . When Badger finds a note from Skunk telling him Do not go anywhere tonight. There will be a surprise! Badger is excited; it’s been a long time since anyone has done something like that for him. And then… First he heard a sound. An awful sound. And suddenly a chicken appears. And then more appear. And all at once chickens are everywhere. Words are said in anger, and Skunk leaves. Alone now, which is what he thought he wanted, Badger is no longer quite as sure, and begins to reassess his reaction, and the good things Skunk had brought to his life. They may bring out the worst in each other at times, but in other ways, they bring out the best. The truth is now he can’t imagine life without his friend. Charming illustrations by author/illustrator Caldecott Medalist Jon Klassen add a wonderful touch to this fun story with a subtle message by Newberry Honor author Amy Timberlake that parents and children will both enjoy reading time and again. Pub Date: 15 Sep 2020 Many thanks for the ARC provided by Algonquin Young Readers #SkunkandBadgerSkunkandBadger1 #NetGalley

  5. 5 out of 5

    Geoff

    What a sweet middle grade story, sort of Frog and Toad meet the Odd Couple. There is a lot of rich (and often unstated) world building (what exactly is the relationship between the chickens and mammals? what sort of society is this? why does a badger know Hawaiian?) and the two main characters and their quirky interests are a delight. The plot has is a nice example of why kindness is important and selfishness can hurt others and yourself. And rocketpotato is my pick for 2020's breakout character What a sweet middle grade story, sort of Frog and Toad meet the Odd Couple. There is a lot of rich (and often unstated) world building (what exactly is the relationship between the chickens and mammals? what sort of society is this? why does a badger know Hawaiian?) and the two main characters and their quirky interests are a delight. The plot has is a nice example of why kindness is important and selfishness can hurt others and yourself. And rocketpotato is my pick for 2020's breakout character. All in all this was a book that both my kids and I loved.

  6. 5 out of 5

    CYIReadBooks (Claire)

    Skunk and Badger was delightful and funny. Reminiscent of the relationship between Felix Unger and Oscar Madison of the sitcom, The Odd Couple, the interchange between Skunk and Badger was so entertaining. Forced to share his aunt’s brownstone with Skunk, Badger begrudgingly accepts his new roommate; but not without a fuss. That is where all the entertainment begins. Skunk and Badger was available as an audiobook with Michael Boatman, an accomplished actor, as the narrator. Mr. Boatman did an outs Skunk and Badger was delightful and funny. Reminiscent of the relationship between Felix Unger and Oscar Madison of the sitcom, The Odd Couple, the interchange between Skunk and Badger was so entertaining. Forced to share his aunt’s brownstone with Skunk, Badger begrudgingly accepts his new roommate; but not without a fuss. That is where all the entertainment begins. Skunk and Badger was available as an audiobook with Michael Boatman, an accomplished actor, as the narrator. Mr. Boatman did an outstanding job in the telling of the story. Mr. Boatman was able to capture the essence of all the characters by changing inflection, tone and voice. You will want to listen to the book over and over. I thoroughly enjoyed Skunk and Badger. It’s a sensational audiobook that will make you laugh, smile, and tug at your heartstrings all at the same time. It’s definitely a five star middle grade audiobook. I received an audiobook from Workman Audio, through NetGalley. The review herein is completely my own and contains my honest thoughts and opinions.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Fizah(Books tales by me)

    Thank you Algonquin Young Reader for the invitation of this blog tour It is a beautiful tale of an unexpected friendship between a badger and skunk. Badger a rock scientist lives alone in his aunt’s home, he needs silence and concentration for his important rock work. His life is pretty simple, from eating cold cereal in breakfast to doing specific grocery in only 3 aisles, until skunk comes into his home(technically aunt Lula’s home) and his life. Skunk is as opposite to badger as one can be. Skun Thank you Algonquin Young Reader for the invitation of this blog tour It is a beautiful tale of an unexpected friendship between a badger and skunk. Badger a rock scientist lives alone in his aunt’s home, he needs silence and concentration for his important rock work. His life is pretty simple, from eating cold cereal in breakfast to doing specific grocery in only 3 aisles, until skunk comes into his home(technically aunt Lula’s home) and his life. Skunk is as opposite to badger as one can be. Skunk is extrovert, straight forward and friends with chickens, a lot of them. Badget started to like a little change but is reluctant to admit it. Until one day he got in a serious fight with the skunk, and skunk left the home. Now he has to decide if he really wants skunk friendship or not? For middle graders, it is a sweet tale. It teaches a lot of things like without any friend you can spend life but not live it. I loved the way Badger character was developed and shown as a workaholic. If anyone is interested in geology he/she’ll love all the specific details but the others can get bored. Illustrations in the book were cute and I was looking forward to them, through whole book.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Kathi

    Heartwarming tale about friendship, love, and acceptance. I saw a few similarities between myself and Badger and am resolving to care less about order and schedules and be more like Skunk!

  9. 5 out of 5

    TL

    I won this via Instagram giveaway by Algonquin Young Readers..all my opinions are my own:). ---- Such an adorable book:) It left me with a warm feeling and had me smiling and laughing. After a difficult work week, this was the ray of sunshine I needed. The artwork was wonderful, wish more had been in there (compliment, not complaint btw) . Definitely want to read more about these two and (view spoiler)[perhaps we shall see Badger's aunt as well.. I had Helen Mirren's voice in my head for her (hide I won this via Instagram giveaway by Algonquin Young Readers..all my opinions are my own:). ---- Such an adorable book:) It left me with a warm feeling and had me smiling and laughing. After a difficult work week, this was the ray of sunshine I needed. The artwork was wonderful, wish more had been in there (compliment, not complaint btw) . Definitely want to read more about these two and (view spoiler)[perhaps we shall see Badger's aunt as well.. I had Helen Mirren's voice in my head for her (hide spoiler)] Might elaborate more later but would highly recommend for young and old!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Story

    When Badger, dedicated rock-scientist, opens his front door to find a skunk, grinning and holding a suitcase, he is less than pleased. When Skunk moves in and begins to shake up Badger's carefully planned days and turns perfectly organized house upside down, he can barely contain his irritation. When Skunk's own passion turns out to be caring for a hundred or more chickens...well, what's a Badger to do? I loved this gently funny story of an animal odd-couple who grow and learn from each other and When Badger, dedicated rock-scientist, opens his front door to find a skunk, grinning and holding a suitcase, he is less than pleased. When Skunk moves in and begins to shake up Badger's carefully planned days and turns perfectly organized house upside down, he can barely contain his irritation. When Skunk's own passion turns out to be caring for a hundred or more chickens...well, what's a Badger to do? I loved this gently funny story of an animal odd-couple who grow and learn from each other and can't wait to recommend it to young readers.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jen

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. My thanks to NetGalley and Algonquin Young Readers for an eARC of this book to read and review. I thought this was going to be a cute book geared towards the 6-9 year old set. It was more trouble-some than cute and I think an older reader would be able to follow this better. It was troublesome to me because of the disregard for each other's feelings and needs that Skunk and Badger showed. Yes, it was the conflict that needed to be resolved, so there had to be some conflict, but the WAY it was por My thanks to NetGalley and Algonquin Young Readers for an eARC of this book to read and review. I thought this was going to be a cute book geared towards the 6-9 year old set. It was more trouble-some than cute and I think an older reader would be able to follow this better. It was troublesome to me because of the disregard for each other's feelings and needs that Skunk and Badger showed. Yes, it was the conflict that needed to be resolved, so there had to be some conflict, but the WAY it was portrayed did not sit well with me. That may be more of my own issue, as I wasn't seeing the things happening form Skunk or Badger's POV, so maybe I wasn't empathizing with either very well. Also, since they are animals, it is difficult to determine what age they are. Are they akin to teenagers? Grown adults? Children? That would maybe help place their actions and thoughts into context. It seems that they are grown adults, as badger has a "rock science" degree and is published in "rock science" magazines. That bothered me, calling it "rock science" when he was a published scientist with apparently a degree. Why not call it by it's proper name? It seemed that weird things, such as "rock science", were dumbed down, yet other things, Badger being a scientist and published, the stoat trying to eat the chickens, was not. This leads to my confusion over what age range this would be good for. Anthropomorphic animals and some artwork would lead one to think younger children, but then the science, cooking, cleaning and themes seemed to be a bit more adult. Then the world didn't seem to be overly consistent. The mammals could speak, but the fowl couldn't, yet all were sentient? So were all carnivorous animals murderers? That's pretty harsh. I don't know, this one just didn't work for me. The artwork was nice, but the story just ended up confusing me. Not sure who I would recommend this to at the store, other than if the reader likes anthropomorphic animals as characters. Maybe for readers of the Warriors series? 2, I was expecting something different, stars.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl Gladfelter

    A quiet, charming story that I couldn't put down. Badger lives by himself in his Aunt Lulu's home doing Important Rock Work. One day there's a knock on the door that he keeps ignoring, until when he opens it and Skunk comes in and says he's Badger's new roommate. Badger is at a loss why Skunk is there, and then remembers the several unopened letters from Aunt Lulu. Skunk makes delicious breakfasts for them, and Badger is astounded that he is expected to then clean up. Skunk knows all the chickens A quiet, charming story that I couldn't put down. Badger lives by himself in his Aunt Lulu's home doing Important Rock Work. One day there's a knock on the door that he keeps ignoring, until when he opens it and Skunk comes in and says he's Badger's new roommate. Badger is at a loss why Skunk is there, and then remembers the several unopened letters from Aunt Lulu. Skunk makes delicious breakfasts for them, and Badger is astounded that he is expected to then clean up. Skunk knows all the chickens in their neighborhood; Badger didn't realize chickens live around them at all. Skunk disrupts Badger's quiet space and when Badger lashes out, Badger realizes he has to make things right. When I told my nearly three year old I was reading this book and described it to him, he said "Oh..." in this quietly happy voice and asked me to bring it home and read it to him. Klassen's illustrations are the perfect compliment to the story, and I loved Timberlake's world building. I can't wait for book 2. I can't wait to own book 1 and read it over and over, and share it with others. A pure delight.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jypsy

    ABOUT THE BOOK Living alone in his Aunt Lula’s brownstone, Badger developed rather austere sensibilities. Badger likes peace and quiet, predictability, and, perhaps most of all, rocks. Badger definitely does not like noise, change, or…Skunks. But when energetic Skunk—who travels with a troupe of quantum chickens—shows up on the doorstep of the irascible, ukulele-playing rock-scientist Badger, with the news that they are to be roommates, there is nothing Badger can do about it. His life is upende ABOUT THE BOOK Living alone in his Aunt Lula’s brownstone, Badger developed rather austere sensibilities. Badger likes peace and quiet, predictability, and, perhaps most of all, rocks. Badger definitely does not like noise, change, or…Skunks. But when energetic Skunk—who travels with a troupe of quantum chickens—shows up on the doorstep of the irascible, ukulele-playing rock-scientist Badger, with the news that they are to be roommates, there is nothing Badger can do about it. His life is upended. No matter how much Badger resists, chaos, clutter, and hundreds of chickens, follow Skunk wherever he goes. To make matters worse, carefree, passionate Skunk has no intention of living a quiet life, cleaning up his breakfast in a timely manner, or keeping out of Important Rock Rooms. Skunk and Badger must find a way to discover delight, curiosity, and bravery amid a big change. REVIEW ☆☆☆☆☆ Thank you Algonquin Young Readers for a complimentary copy. I voluntarily reviewed this book. All opinions expressed are my own. SKUNK AND BADGER, by Newbery Honor author Amy Timberlake and Caldecott Medal illustrator Jon Klassen, has received THREE starred reviews from Kirkus Reviews, Publisher’s Weekly, and Booklist. It’s also a Fall Kids Indie Next Pick. Think you're too old to read a children's book? Well, think again! This book is beyond A-D-O-R-A-B-L-E! I read a good number of young adult and children's books, and Skunk And Badger has earned a place among my all time favorites. I think it would be difficult not to love this story. The illustrations are warm and inviting, with a vintage feel as well, and are simple but striking. I loved both the color and black and white renderings throughout the book. My favorite has to be Breakfast is the nicest meal. I empathize with poor Badger. I don't like people touching and moving my things, unexpected guests or breaks in my routine. The arrival of free spirited Skunk is an unwelcome shake up to Badger's entire way of life. It is a huge problem! Skunk brings change, and change is bad. Then again, maybe change is a chance to grow outside of your little box? Skunk is a fly by the seat of your pants sort of guy, and he can't understand how Badger can be so mundane and isolated. As a skunk, he's not necessarily wanted anywhere because of the negativity associated with his kind. Imagine how dejected Skunk must feel! They are as opposite as can be, just as we are, too. The story cleverly and insightfully demonstrates how different, even clashing, personalities and lifestyles can disagree but still live harmoniously. Should everyone be the same? How boring! Skunk and Badger is timely and extremely relevant for society at this moment. Not just kids, adults can learn a lot from this deceptively simple children's story. Give different things and people a chance instead of making assumptions and judging. I know we all can be better people!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Evelina | AvalinahsBooks

    How I read this: Free ebook copy received through Edelweiss Skunk and Badger was such a delightful read – right from the very first pages. If you were at all a fan of the The Wind in the Willows, you will love Skunk and Badger. This book made me immediately cozy, just as soon as I started reading. It was beautifully illustrated, and had a nice moral to the story without being too obvious about it. It’s a perfect read for families, or just people like me who like such cozy stories. Absolutely reco How I read this: Free ebook copy received through Edelweiss Skunk and Badger was such a delightful read – right from the very first pages. If you were at all a fan of the The Wind in the Willows, you will love Skunk and Badger. This book made me immediately cozy, just as soon as I started reading. It was beautifully illustrated, and had a nice moral to the story without being too obvious about it. It’s a perfect read for families, or just people like me who like such cozy stories. Absolutely recommended! Read more about why I liked it: https://avalinahsbooks.space/a-cozy-w... I thank the publisher for giving me a free copy of the ebook in exchange to my honest review. This has not affected my opinion. Book Blog | Bookstagram | Bookish Twitter

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    Adorably illustrated by Jon Klassen, this early chapter book about a badger who loves rocks and being left alone, and the skunk who comes to stay. There is also a large number of chickens of numerous breeds.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Angie

    This book was so funny! Move over Frog and Toad, Skunk and Badger are here! Although this series is for older readers, it definitely gave me Frog and Toad vibes. Also, reminded me of Fantastic Mr. Fox and I started dreaming about what Skunk and Badger would be like as a Wes Anderson stop motion movie! Am I right?!?

  17. 4 out of 5

    Caroline

    A cute story with absolutely delightful art. This book will be a joy to read with younger kids, although the choppy sentence structure and the repetitiveness in some of the dialogue may be off-putting for older readers. The overall story is one seen many times before with a grumpy character learning to be a better friend, but there are enough original additions to keep the story feeling fresh for both children and adults.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Shannon { Library Girl Reading }

    Cute story!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Mehsi

    I received this book from Netgalley in exchange of an honest review. I just couldn’t resist requesting this one when I saw it pop up on Netgalley. I had already been happy dancing when I learned about the book on Twitter. I am a big fan of Jon Klassen’s work and just look that cover, it is such a delight! This book tells us the story about two animals, Skunk and Badger. Two very unlikely friends, and Badger is quite grumpy and set in his ways. It is a story I have read before and it is always a tr I received this book from Netgalley in exchange of an honest review. I just couldn’t resist requesting this one when I saw it pop up on Netgalley. I had already been happy dancing when I learned about the book on Twitter. I am a big fan of Jon Klassen’s work and just look that cover, it is such a delight! This book tells us the story about two animals, Skunk and Badger. Two very unlikely friends, and Badger is quite grumpy and set in his ways. It is a story I have read before and it is always a tricky one as I have had stories I enjoyed with this set-up, but also hated stories like this one. I can honestly say that this one was a like. While Badger was a grumpy animal and he should be a bit more open to sharing, I do feel that Skunk should also have respected Badger a bit more. You don’t just clean up in a house you just started living in without asking. If someone needs their rest and peace and quiet and tell you clearly that door closed = door closed and no interruptions, then leave them be no matter what. Each one has something good though and it was fun to see them get closer together. Opening up to each other, telling stories. I loved how they instantly found a rhythm at home. Skunk makes yummy foods (and I am sure that Badger won’t be able to get out of the house if he keeps munching those muffins so much :P) and Badger cleans. And that if there is a lot of it they both do it. That was quite amazing that they figured it out so well. I know in real life it doesn’t always go that way. And not only are they becoming friends, Badger also learns new things, and later on when looking for Skunk he finds out a lot about his surroundings that had me so happy. I loved Badger’s rock work though, I adore rocks and I know that when I was younger I collected them and had quite a few pretty things. It was fun to read how he polished rocks, how he figured if it was a rock or a mineral. He really did some hard work there and I was impressed. Though I do wonder what kind of organisation, if any, he is working for. He is doing research/work so it must be for something. Oh, and all the chickens. So many chickens. Though I wasn’t that interested in the story that was told and skimmed most of that. And I could well understand the argument that followed. Yes, I could also see Skunk’s view, but come on dude. You just don’t spray. Plus, while I get that you want to protect your chicken friends… who has to clean up their poop? Indeed. As with all books like this we know how it will end. Badger misses someone in his home, someone he befriended despite him trying to deny it. It was a predictable ending but it still made me happy. The illustrations were fantastic though I would have definitely loved more of them. Review first posted at https://twirlingbookprincess.com/

  20. 5 out of 5

    Ellon

    This book was weird. Grumpy badger was a little bit fun to read about but then there are lots of things that kids won’t get (like the rock work or the types of chickens or even what a stoat is). Why did Aunt Lula have a really name but Badger and Skunk were Badger and Skunk? It was good that Badger learned his lesson and changed but it still left me feeling meh I’m confused as to why this was on SLJ’s best books of 2020 list and why so many people are giving it four or five stars. 🤷🏻‍♀️

  21. 4 out of 5

    Melissa Mcavoy

    3 stars. Hmmn. There is tons of positive press about this story, but I had been forewarned that it didn’t live up to the hype and that proved to be the case. I have admired Amy Timberlake for her intriguing prickly character Georgie and the rich and meticulously researched background in her historical middle grade novel, One Came Home. I love an author that seems genuinely fascinated and delighted by knowledge and packs their books with intriguing incidental information. My one regret with One C 3 stars. Hmmn. There is tons of positive press about this story, but I had been forewarned that it didn’t live up to the hype and that proved to be the case. I have admired Amy Timberlake for her intriguing prickly character Georgie and the rich and meticulously researched background in her historical middle grade novel, One Came Home. I love an author that seems genuinely fascinated and delighted by knowledge and packs their books with intriguing incidental information. My one regret with One Came Home was that the plot impelled Georgie to give up her primary love and skill - she was a crack shot. Intriguingly Skunk and Badger, a very different story about two odd-couple cohabiting animals, follows the same arc. Badger is a curmudgeonly introvert who is a passionate geologist doing ‘important rock work.’ Skunk is a charming, feckless, creative-type who names the potato that rolls into the kitchen corner and invites 100 chickens into their shared home. The resolution is just what you would expect: Badger learns rocks aren’t everything (they are hard!), comes to relish freshly cooked starchy foods, understands he has hurt skunk’s feelings and caused chickens to distrust him and recognizes that everything is his fault - ‘it is a nightmare of his own making.’ I do not want books to be didactic but I do wish, during an epidemic of childhood and young adult anxiety, authors would give a little rest to the tedious trope of characters constantly moaning that everything is their fault. Aren’t we supposed to be in the midst of a cultural understanding that savior-complex is problematic? So, to sum up: on the upside there is some fun detail in the story (it is worth it just to lookup Transylvania naked-neck chickens), the illustrations are great, and the characters and setting seem worth knowing. Also happily in the midst of Badger’s self-abasement there is a moment when he applies some cognitive behavioral problem-shrinking skills: “If everyone knows what I have done, there is nothing to hide. But he was wearing pickaxe-and-dynamite pajamas. At least they’re nonrestrictive—sweat-wicking too, he told himself. His pajamas reeked. Surely I am not the first animal with stinky pajamas! And with that, Badger stepped off the sidewalk and crossed the street.” (That was my favorite part of the book :) On the downside the story is overly twee and whimsy packed, entirely predictable and it strikes me as a big bummer that it should be taken as a given that a science and skill- focused introvert must recognize the error of his ways, abase himself and move his rocks into the attic. (though maybe the stairs will help him counteract the effect of all the pies and waffles he will now be eating.) Maybe in a subsequent story Skunk will recognize he should ask Badger to teach him about geology, discover rocks build soil, soil builds plants and plants build animals and consider the possibility that it is considerate, when cooking, to not leave the biggest possible mess for your roommate to clean up. (Man does that sound dull!) Sample paragraph: The kitchen did not easily accommodate one hundred chickens. The birds had bunched. One deluge of chickens and behold, feathered life! Badger saw not a kitchen, but a chicken biome of the Tropical Chicken Forest sort. Every surface burst forth in feathers. Cabinetry quilled. Right angles went soft and blowy. But this wasn’t plant—this was animal. Now the chicken biome observed Badger with each of its two hundred eyes (right-left-right, blink, blink).

  22. 4 out of 5

    eyes.2c

    What an adorable read! Badger a solitary and scholarly rock collector lives alone in his Aunt's brownstone. That is until skunk comes to stay. His life changes, with the wonderful skunk as the catalyst. Where he once dined on cereal and milk he know tastes muffins and hot chocolate. His life is turned upside down. Then there's the chickens. I love the tiny orange chicken. Just as Badger is starting to learn about caring and sharing it all goes terribly wrong. Accompanied by charming colored plates What an adorable read! Badger a solitary and scholarly rock collector lives alone in his Aunt's brownstone. That is until skunk comes to stay. His life changes, with the wonderful skunk as the catalyst. Where he once dined on cereal and milk he know tastes muffins and hot chocolate. His life is turned upside down. Then there's the chickens. I love the tiny orange chicken. Just as Badger is starting to learn about caring and sharing it all goes terribly wrong. Accompanied by charming colored plates and pen and ink illustrations enhance the story. Wonderful elements about differences and acceptance are woven around these two main characters. Some humorous moments that lift this junior and middle school story into the company of some of our best loved stories for the young. An Algonquin Young Readers ARC via NetGalley

  23. 5 out of 5

    Sarah {The Clever Reader}

    This book was adorable. As a new parent I’ve found myself starting to take interest in children’s books. If I can start collecting great reads such as this one than by the time little Eleanor is old enough to read these levels of books I’ll already have a good shelf going for her already! Badger was not sure what to think of the Skunk standing on his doorstep at first. Was he just another salesman looking to make him a sale? Nope, little did Badger realize that Skunk was actually his new roommate This book was adorable. As a new parent I’ve found myself starting to take interest in children’s books. If I can start collecting great reads such as this one than by the time little Eleanor is old enough to read these levels of books I’ll already have a good shelf going for her already! Badger was not sure what to think of the Skunk standing on his doorstep at first. Was he just another salesman looking to make him a sale? Nope, little did Badger realize that Skunk was actually his new roommate. Maybe Badger should’ve read all those letters from Aunt Lula letting him know to expect his new roommate. Skunk and Badger end up on some seriously crazy adventures involving lots and lots of chickens! I’m so glad I got a chance to read this book and the illustrations are beautiful. I picked up the audio and would definitely recommend it to anyone who enjoys audiobooks. The narration was so fun!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Melissa Chung

    I want to thank Algonquin Young Readers for allowing me the opportunity to read and review this very cute book and letting me be apart of their book tour. Skunk and Badger is described to be a “Winnie-The-Pooh” meets “Wallace and Gromit” I’d add a wee bit of Frog and Toad to the mix, especially when the two of them are having their serious and non-serious talks. This was an adorable first book to what I think is going to be a series. According to Goodreads this is book #1. The book is already out I want to thank Algonquin Young Readers for allowing me the opportunity to read and review this very cute book and letting me be apart of their book tour. Skunk and Badger is described to be a “Winnie-The-Pooh” meets “Wallace and Gromit” I’d add a wee bit of Frog and Toad to the mix, especially when the two of them are having their serious and non-serious talks. This was an adorable first book to what I think is going to be a series. According to Goodreads this is book #1. The book is already out, so if you find my review helpful and your kids would like it, I’d definitely pick it up. Badger lives in an animal town in a brownstone owned by his Aunt Lula who is a marten. It reminded me of Berenstain Bears, I love reading about animals living their lives like humans. Badger is obsessed with rocks and does Very Important Rock Work! His findings get published in important papers. One day a skunk shows up on his (his Aunts) door step. He is carrying a red suitcase wrapped with twine. Skunk says Aunt Lula has given him permission to live there. Badger is shocked. Why didn’t she tell him..., oh yeah he had 4 unopened letters from his Aunt. Badger is not a happy camper. After awhile Badger starts getting used to Skunk living there. Skunk makes breakfast, Badger does the dishes “Natures Law”. But then something bad happens. I loved that Amy had great vocabulary words. Not only did she use the word divulged but she put uncovered next to it. She used similar adjectives teetering and heaped. I did that with my kids growing up. I would say something and give them multiple words that meant the same thing to widen their vocabulary. I’m a word warrior, a wordsmith. I love words and this book made me happy. Badger is also a scientist so he talks about the difference between minerals (made up of only one compound) and rocks made up of many minerals. I didn’t know that! Cool!! He describes the tools he uses to discover whether he has a rock or a mineral. He is very proud of his rock tumbler (not rock shaker). I loved hearing about where some rocks come from. Skunk he brings story telling, energy and acceptance to the brownstone. He likes Shakespeare. Not only that but his love of cooking AND chickens. Not joking. Chickens galore. I didn’t know there were so many breeds of chickens. At a certain point in the book Badger gets mad at Skunk and says 8 hurtful things which equal the definition of vermin. Slunk says “skunks lumped together in generality” Skunk is hurt and decides to leave. I loved how Amy handled this part of the story. People can be set in their ways when it comes to bigotry and prejudice. Badger realizes pretty quickly that what he said was wrong and spends the rest of the book trying to make amends. He meets many of the townsfolk along the way and they tell him “you must apologize! And don’t say I’m sorry, but...” which is a great lesson for kids to learn. You must be genuine with apologizing and mean it. I also liked that Badger plays the ukulele and sings a Hawaiian song (biased... I’m from Hawaii). There are a few puns that I really liked as well like chicken scratch and Chick Lit teehee. Overall I found this book a wonderful edition to my book shelves it taught something for my son to learn it had science and math and vocabulary words! It had different breeds of chickens!! Ha! Har! And it had closure. When you are genuine and have learned a lesson and are open to understand someone else, you will meet forgiveness. The cherry on top was that my son who has autism read this whole book in one sitting without being asked. He usually sticks to his Captain Underpants books. He normally hates reading. I picked this book up and read the first two chapters to him and the next day he decided to sit down and read the whole thing. So if you like kids books with a moral and animals and chicken puns than you might like this book.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Cynthia

    3.5 stars Skunk and Badger are, indeed, “The Odd Couple” for kids. Badger has been living peacefully on his own in an old Brownstone owned by his aunt when Skunk shows up and announces that he is there to be his roommate. Badger, set in his ways, does not adjust well to this intrusion. I thought this story was very cute and, needing a reprieve from a reading challenge that has been wearing me down, it fit what I was looking for perfectly. Badger seems to be the introvert of the story while Skunk i 3.5 stars Skunk and Badger are, indeed, “The Odd Couple” for kids. Badger has been living peacefully on his own in an old Brownstone owned by his aunt when Skunk shows up and announces that he is there to be his roommate. Badger, set in his ways, does not adjust well to this intrusion. I thought this story was very cute and, needing a reprieve from a reading challenge that has been wearing me down, it fit what I was looking for perfectly. Badger seems to be the introvert of the story while Skunk is, undoubtedly, an extrovert. Trust me, I get Badger’s predicament. As lovable as Skunk was, I’d have trouble having my living situation thrown out of sorts, as Badger’s was. Learning flexibility is tough when you’re well-set in your ways! Because of the comparison to Winnie-the-Pooh, I was expecting something a bit more heartwarming. Although it wasn’t as touching as I’d hoped for, it is a sweet story about finding friendship in the most unlikely places, and it offers a good dose of entertaining humor for young readers. I enjoyed getting to know Skunk and Badger and I think the target audience will be quick to fall in love with these new characters. Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for my review copy. All opinions are my own. 3.5 stars

  26. 5 out of 5

    Laur

    Delightful audio book for Middle Grade. An odd couple relationship between Skunk and Badger, has some humorous moments sure to bring a smile. The cast includes some chickens that brought an extra layer of amusement to the story. And there is plenty of potato, breakfast, rock, and chicken talk. The narration on this audio was outstanding! All characters were clearly defined, the voice inflection was perfect in pitch, pace, and power. I can not praise the narrator, Michael Boatman, enough. I can to Delightful audio book for Middle Grade. An odd couple relationship between Skunk and Badger, has some humorous moments sure to bring a smile. The cast includes some chickens that brought an extra layer of amusement to the story. And there is plenty of potato, breakfast, rock, and chicken talk. The narration on this audio was outstanding! All characters were clearly defined, the voice inflection was perfect in pitch, pace, and power. I can not praise the narrator, Michael Boatman, enough. I can totally picture a group of children listening to his reading, totally enthralled. Excellent! My only issue, at nearly 3 hrs for children's book, it seemed just a bit too long. My kids attention span is usually around the 2 hr mark, so for us, the book wasn't real practical for a full-through, one time listening session. My thanks to NetGalley and the Publisher for providing me an ARC, in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

  27. 5 out of 5

    DaNae

    Absolutely enjoyable. However, it is going to be hard to find an audience. It is much too sophisticated in use of language and some of the excessive plotting for the target age. As a friend stated, it will make a wonderful read-aloud and audio book.

  28. 5 out of 5

    MundiNova

    Delightful! Reminiscent of The Wind in the Willows and Winnie-the-Pooh. Heartwarming! This isn't a new story - a grumpy character learns how to live by befriending a young, spirited character. A Man Called Ove and the movie Up are prime examples. But Skunk and Badger are a welcome addition to this family of stories. The art by I Want My Hat Back creator, which I've already reviewed as being a perfect management book, is cute and fits perfectly with the story. Important rock work must be done! Chic Delightful! Reminiscent of The Wind in the Willows and Winnie-the-Pooh. Heartwarming! This isn't a new story - a grumpy character learns how to live by befriending a young, spirited character. A Man Called Ove and the movie Up are prime examples. But Skunk and Badger are a welcome addition to this family of stories. The art by I Want My Hat Back creator, which I've already reviewed as being a perfect management book, is cute and fits perfectly with the story. Important rock work must be done! Chickens make good friends! If I cook, you clean. I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Art: 5 stars Story: 5 stars Writing: 5 stars https://readingbetweenthestitches.wor...

  29. 5 out of 5

    Natalie

    I received an advance reader copy of this book to read in exchange for an honest review via netgalley and the publishers. This book has completely melted my heart! A beautiful tale unfolds between the pages of this beautifully illustrated book, between a Badger and a Skunk. A very unusual friendship between two very different animals with different personalities. Badger is very set in his ways and sticks to a daily routine eating the same food and doing the same work (important rock work) until S I received an advance reader copy of this book to read in exchange for an honest review via netgalley and the publishers. This book has completely melted my heart! A beautiful tale unfolds between the pages of this beautifully illustrated book, between a Badger and a Skunk. A very unusual friendship between two very different animals with different personalities. Badger is very set in his ways and sticks to a daily routine eating the same food and doing the same work (important rock work) until Skunk enters his life and he begins to enjoy different things, reluctantly. Then one day they have an argument and Skunk leaves feeling very sad and hurt emotionally. Badger frantically tries to find him and realises he has enjoyed Skunk entering his life and has missed out on so much by being so stuck in his rigid routine and life. Honestly, this book is adorable and I really want a paper copy to treasure forever.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Tzipora

    A MUST READ! Like legitimately, drop everything and pick up this most charming, adorable, offbeat little book. This is my top recommendation to literally anyone and any age for 2020. Badger lives alone in Aunt Lula’s home where he, a rock scientist, spends his days focused on Important Rock Work. He’s so focused on his rocks, in fact, that he hasn’t been reading his aunt’s letters. So when Skunk shows up on his doorstep one day, he’s in for quite a surprise. Aunt Lula had offered Skunk a room in A MUST READ! Like legitimately, drop everything and pick up this most charming, adorable, offbeat little book. This is my top recommendation to literally anyone and any age for 2020. Badger lives alone in Aunt Lula’s home where he, a rock scientist, spends his days focused on Important Rock Work. He’s so focused on his rocks, in fact, that he hasn’t been reading his aunt’s letters. So when Skunk shows up on his doorstep one day, he’s in for quite a surprise. Aunt Lula had offered Skunk a room in her brownstone as well, certain he and Badger would become great friends. Badger, though, is a very particular kind of guy, set in his ways and well, not everyone wants a skunk. So how will these two make do? And what is up with all the chickens? Where are they coming from? Described by the publisher as Wallace and Grommit meets Winnie-the-Pooh, Skunk & Badger is absolutely THE must read kids book of the year! The illustrations are gorgeous and combined with the story make for a nostalgic feel, like the best books passed down through generations. Reading it gave me that delicious cozy feeling and I found it almost hard to believe that Skunk & Badger was new and hadn’t been part of my childhood along with Frog and Toad or Charlotte’s Web. This is a modern classic, if ever there was one. And oh, the writing! It’s a treat! Badger is very set in his ways and perhaps a hair or three grumpy, at least when it comes to changing his routine or interrupting his Important Rock Work. Skunk is a kind little fellow, used to working extra hard to make people like him but also quite lively. He even bounces. I could see parts of myself as both a child and adult in each of them. Chances are you, too, are a little bit Badger and a little bit Skunk. In just 11 chapters and 136 pages, author Amy Timberlake strikes the perfect cord with just enough action and colorful, fun phrasing. There are lots of sound effects, written in italics that could make for an interactive and especially lively read aloud experience. There are puns and funny little jokes that adult readers will enjoy as well. I’m still giggling about the chicken chapter and mention of a “coop d’etat”. And oh, the chickens! You’ll learn some interesting things about chickens. And rocks- lots of little tidbits about rocks & minerals. Then, as with all classic children’s books comes the lesson (or maybe several), one of not judging or stereotyping and learning to compromise and get along with others, that being open to others and a bit of a shakeup in one’s routine can lead to the best surprises, or that maybe it’s worth getting to know the folks other brush aside. And there’s nothing heavy-handed in the imparting of these lessons. This is truly a perfectly on point book in every way. Best of all, this is the first of a series and I can’t wait to read more Skunk & Badger adventures! So charming, funny, whimsical, and downright delightful, Skunk & Badger is a must read for all ages! Even if you don’t have kids or haven’t read a children’s book in decades, pick this one up. In this year especially, we could all use some Skunk & Badger in our lives!

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