Book Review: Skunk and Badger by Amy Timberlake

Title: Skunk and Badger
By: Amy Timberlake
Genre: Middle Grade
Pages: 136
Release Date: September 15th, 2020
Publisher: Algonquin Young Readers
Rating: ★★★★☆

Summary from Goodreads:

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?
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.


This book is adorable! Badger finally has his home the way he wants it. A cozy life, all by himself. When Skunk shows up on his doorstep to stay, Badger doesn't like it. Skunk upsets the way Badger lives, even throwing a party for him, which Badger doesn't react well to. Toward the end of the story, Badger realizes that Skunk has brought so much life to his home, and has changed him in many ways.

This story was a wonderful portrayal of acceptance and change, something we can all relate to. The art is amazing and well done. I loved this whole book and will share it with my younger children.

Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review. 

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