Picture Books

Age 4–8

Punk Skunks

By Trisha Speed Shaskan and illustrated by Stephen Shaskan

HarperCollins Children's Books
Feb. 2016. 
ISBN 9780062363961

Join two rockin’ punk skunks in a fun story about friendship.Kit and Buzz are BSFs — Best Skunks Forever. Every day they rock out together. But when Kit wants to sing a song about skating and Buzz wants to sing a song about painting, the BSFs get into a HUGE fight! They try to hum, drum, and strum on their own, but it’s all wrong. Will Kit and Buzz find a way to make up?

“It’s all about rhythm and rhyme for the punk skunks. Kit and Buzz are BSFs—Best Skunks Forever—and they fill their town with their rockin’ beats and jams. Ever the artistic duo, they always find a way to jam out in harmony—until one day, when they can’t quite agree what they’ll write their next song about. After a not so harmonious argument, Kit goes solo on her drums but realizes it’s all wrong, so she gives up and sets out to sell her drums at Mole’s, the local music shop. Buzz tries hummin’ and strummin’ on his strings, but it’s just not right, so he heads out to sell his prized guitar. When he arrives at Mole’s, he is surprised to see Kit there. They rekindle their musical spirit and find a way to rock out once more. With a “crash! bam! boom!” and a “wahh! wahh! ren!” and fresh new lyrics to boot, the skunks put on a concert for all their friends and finally find friendship and harmony again. With plenty of onomatopoeia and alliteration, this title will get readers up out of their seats and rocking. Bright, neon-inspired cartoons lend themselves to the rockin’ and rhythmic text. VERDICT A vibrant, fun, and memorable read for independent readers as well as group sharing.

School Library Journal 

“The alternative setting keeps this story of friendship and reconciliation fresh. And although the kids won’t get the punk rock references, they’ll love viewing the bright cartoonish illustrations and seeing characters that don’t run with the typical playground crowd.”

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