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Skunk and Badger by Amy Timberlake and Jon Klassen

Skunk & Badger, Egg Marks the Spot


Badger lives alone in his Aunt Lulu’s brownstone, happily focusing on his Important Rock Work. Until one day there’s a knock on the door, announcing the arrival of Skunk who is now Badger’s new (and unwelcome) roommate. Skunk talks a lot and asks questions and completely disrupts all of Badger’s Important Rock Work. Badger’s entire orderly world is turned into chaos thanks to Skunk. Also, there are a lot of chickens.

My Thoughts

Skunk and Badger is completely charming and quirky- it is a book that just makes you feel warm and happy inside. 

The plot is fairly simple- the adventures and madness that ensues once Skunk moves in and how Badger must adapt his regimented world. The sequel, Egg Marks the Spot, finds Skunk and Badger going camping in order for Badger to find an agate rock. The chickens also play a prominent role in both stories as Skunk has a special communication with them. 

Amy Timberlake’s unique writing style pairs well with the whimsy of these books, as does Jon Klassen’s illustrations. I particularly enjoy the cover of Egg Marks the Spot as it shows Badger and Skunk on their camping trip, with Skunk wearing his gigantic hiking backpack that is filled with cooking supplies. 

The Skunk and Badger series is just delightful. Go read them immediately!

Book Information

Author: Amy Timberlake
Illustrator: Jon Klassen
Publisher: Workman Publishing Co. Inc and Blackstone
Publish Date: September 15, 2020

Publisher: Algonquin Young Readers
Publish Date: September 14, 2021

Genre(s): Fantasy, animal stories
Recommended for: upper elementary to middle school 
Themes: friendship, tolerance, understanding
Protagonist Description: a skunk and a badger :)
Trigger Warnings: None, unless you have a phobia of chickens!

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