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Skunk on a String Hardcover – March 15, 2016
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PreS-Gr 2-Skunk finds himself in an airborne adventure in this wordless picture book. The opening scenes, done in cut-paper collage, introduce viewers to about a dozen children marching in a large balloon parade. Somehow, Skunk has gotten entangled in a smaller red balloon, and up, up, up he floats. He floats past an apartment building where a nice lady hanging her laundry throws him a pair of boxer shorts to hang onto. Alas, he cannot reach them, and he floats even higher and away to a construction site where a man on a beam offers up his sandwich to grab and hold. That doesn't work, either, and soon Skunk is floating past the zoo and all the animals inside. He tries to grab Elephant's trunk, but one sneeze blows Skunk into the bed of a garbage truck. He has an unsuccessful landing there as well and ends up in the river. Skunk splashes underwater for a moment, then up again he floats over the desert and back to the city, where he falls into one of the seats on a Ferris wheel. Balloonless at last, and safe on the ground, he spies a balloon vendor. The adventure was just too much fun, apparently, for Skunk chases away all the customers, grabs the balloons, and floats off for some more fun. The illustrations are colorful and humorous and enhanced with ink. VERDICT Children will enjoy following Skunk as he travels far and wide in this creative and silly story. Perfect for small groups or individual sharing.-Roxanne Burg, Orange County Public Library, CAα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW
"Features clever collage illustrations in bright colours and patterns that expertly move the tale along... With its light and funny story, Skunk on a String is certain to get laughs out of kids of all ages."
—Canadian Children's Book News
"An interactive delight... Highly recommended."
Canadian Review of Materials
"The varied scenes and Skunk's comic expressions will keep the youngest readers entertained, offering gentle thrills and plenty of laughs as they observe his unusual predicament."
"The skunk's changing emotions are easy to read, and the possibilities of flight are thoroughly and playfully explored."
"Skunk on a String's delightful storyline relies on visual literacy, thus making it accessible to readers at even the earliest stages of their reading journey."
The National Reading Campaign
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Top customer reviews
It's interesting to try and figure out if the people encountering the skunk are scared for themselves or for the creature. Challenge your kids to identify which, for a bit more interaction.
While this book isn't going to get on many award lists, it's still really enjoyable.I also found it interesting that it was funded by the Canada Council for the Arts. I know funding from there means the book has to include something noticeably Canadian, so I'd imagine, if you examine the skyline of the city Skunk flies through, some Canadians will recognize the sights.
Earns a well-deserved place in public libraries, though perhaps not in private homes. Unless your little one love our stinky little friends.
I received Skunk on a String by Thao Lam via a goodreads giveaway.