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Skunk and Badger
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The last thing Badger wants is a roommate, and certainly not Skunk, but since the house does not belong to him he does not have a choice; and soon everything in Badger's quiet and ordered life studying rocks is turned upside down (and where on earth did all the chickens come from)--but after he drives Skunk and his chickens away, Badger starts to miss his roommate and sets out to find him and make amends. - (Baker & Taylor)

Winnie-the-Pooh meets Wallace and Gromit in this fresh odd-couple series. Newbery Honor author Amy Timberlake has created an instant classic with illustrations by Caldecott Medalist Jon Klassen (This Is Not My Hat, Pax). - (Workman Press.)

A People Best Book for Kids of 2020
A Kirkus Reviews Best Children&;s Book of 2020
A Booklist Editor&;s Choice Book of 2020
A School Library Journal Best Book of 2020
A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2020
A Shelf Awareness for Readers Best Book of 2020
A New York Public Library Best Book of 2020
A Chicago Public Library Best Book of 2020
An Indigo Best Book of the Year 2020
An Evanston Public Library Great Kids Book of 2020

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. - (Workman Press.)

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*Starred Review* Badger lives a solitary, tidy life in his aunt Lula's brownstone, where he pursues "Important Rock Work" without interruption. This is exactly how he likes things, so it's a shock when Skunk shows up on his doorstep, laden with a red suitcase and the news that he is to be Badger's new housemate. Skunk is a bubbly, considerate creature who takes Badger's dithering in stride without being oblivious to the grouchy rock scientist's qualms. Almost immediately, Skunk finds chinks in Badger's armor and begins winning him over through delicious cooking. Things take a disastrous turn when Skunk, friend to chickens, throws an impromptu poultry party that is crashed by a stoat—decidedly not a friend to chickens. Amid the ensuing chaos, fears surface, tempers flare, and—in the case of Badger—unkind words are spoken, leading Skunk to repack his suitcase. Newbery Honor Book author Timberlake doesn't underestimate her readers, unhesitatingly incorporating advanced vocabulary and probing Badger's inner turmoil as he wrestles with change, takes responsibility for his own poor behavior, and tries to see the world through Skunk's eyes. Klassen contributes a winning mix of vintage-feeling color paintings and black-and-white drawings, which highlight both the story's sweet and laugh-out-loud moments, as well as its understated quirk. It's a treasure of a book that promises future misadventures from your new favorite odd couple. Grades 2-4. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

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