The Skunk is a comical story written by Mac Barnett and illustrated by Patrick McDonnell. What would you do if a skunk showed up on your doorstep? And kept following you around, step by step, turn by turn? Why, you would run away from it in a mad dash around town, right? Barnett presents us with an interesting quandary--what are this skunk's intentions, really?
McDonnell uses a sparse color palette reminiscent of vintage picture books, then cleverly expands the palette to signify a turn of events. Both young and old will look at each other in wonder about the intriguing ending. A good amount of discussion will undoubtedly ensue after reading this well-crafted tale. One question--will the sequel to this book be written from the skunk's perspective?
Thanks to Mac Barnett for sending us a copy of The Skunk.