Skunk and Badger: Skunk and Badger 1

Amy Timberlake, illustrated by Jon Klassen
AUD $22.99

When friendly, free-spirited Skunk moves in with solitary rock-scientist Badger, both are forever changed in this whimsical, emotionally rich story from Newbery Honor author Amy Timberlake, illustrated in full-colour and black-and-white pictures by Caldecott Medalist Jon Klassen (I Want My Hat Back, Pax).

No one wants a skunk. They are unwelcome on front stoops. They should not linger in Rock Rooms. Skunks should never, ever be allowed to move in. But Skunk is Badger's new roommate, and there is nothing Badger, who prefers to be left alone to do Important Rock Work, can do about it. Skunk ploughs into Badger's life, and Badger's life is upended. Tails are flipped. The wrong animal is sprayed. And why-oh-why are there so many chickens?

Winnie-the-Pooh meets Wallace & Gromit in a fresh take on a classic odd-couple friendship. Caldecott Medal illustrator Jon Klassen has created some of the most iconic cover images in recent memory, ranging from I Want My Hat Back to Pax, and his distinct humour and eye for design are truly a dream fit for this series. Newbery Honor author Amy Timberlake's Skunk & Badger, a junior fiction that's at once hilarious and deeply felt, calls to mind the work of Kate DiCamillo and even A.A. Milne.

'This book was so funny! It made me and my dad laugh so hard. I didn't know if Skunk and Badger were ever going to become friends, but if you want to find out then read the book.' Henry, age 6 (ABA 2020 Kids' Reading Guide)

Skunk and Badger is a 2021 Kids' Book Choice Awards Finalist (USA)

Author bio:

Amy Timberlake's work has received a Newbery Honor, an Edgar, a Golden Kite Award, and the China Times Best Book Award. One book was chosen to be a Book Sense Pick, another was reviewed in The New York Times Book Review. Her books have made several "best books of the year" lists. Chicago's Lifeline Theatre has adapted both One Came Home and The Dirty Cowboy for the stage. Amy grew up in Hudson, Wisconsin. She is the proud alumna of Mount Holyoke College, a women's college (yes!) where she majored in History. She also holds an M.A. in English/Creative Writing from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Chicago is the place she calls home. You can find her walking on Chicago's Lakefront Trail on cool, crisp fall days.

Jon Klassen is a Canadian-born author/illustrator of picture books. He started his career in animation, working as an illustrator and designer for feature films at Dreamworks and Laika Studios, and smaller projects like commercials and music videos, with clients including the BBC and U2, before moving his focus to book work. His own books include I Want My Hat Back, This is Not My Hat, winner of the Caldecott Medal, and We Found A Hat. His illustrated books include Extra Yarn and Sam and Dave Dig A Hole both written by Mac Barnett and winners of Caldecott Honors. He is a member of the Order of Canada for contributions to children's literature. He currently lives and works in Los Angeles with his wife Moranne and two sons, Isaac and August.

Category: Children's
ISBN: 9781760525484
Awards: Shortlisted Book of the Year 3rd-4th Grade - Kid's Book Choice Awards 2021 US
Publisher: A&U Children's
Imprint: A & U Children
Pub Date: September 2020
Page Extent: 136
Format: Hard Cover
Age: 7 - 10
Subject: Animal stories (Children's / Teenage)