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LIVE ON CROWDCAST: AMY TIMBERLAKE & JON KLASSEN read from their new children's book SKUNK AND BADGER

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Skunk and Badger (Algonquin Young Readers)

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?

Nooooooooooooooooooooo!"

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.

Praise for Skunk and Badger:

"Fresh and warm as a waffle. More, please!" -- Adam Rex, New York Times best-selling author of The True Meaning of Smekday and School's First Day of School

"A splendid entry in the odd-couple genre, Timberlake's spunky series opener posits that compassion and inner transformation can strengthen the unlikeliest of friendships. It's an approach that gestures toward broader societal conversations (consider the word that prompts Skunk to leave: "vermin") without losing focus on the story's delightful central duo. The use of fragmented sentences, repetition, and onomatopoeia makes for a fun read. Klassen's muted, wistful artwork, meanwhile, invokes sweeping sentiments during key events. Exceptionally sweet." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"Newbery Honor Book author Timberlake doesn't underestimate her readers, unhesitatingly incorporating advanced vocabulary and probing Badger's inner turmoil... 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." -- Booklist, starred review

"Art by Caldecott Medalist Klassen offers Wind in the Willows wistfulness. Gleeful, onomatopoeic prose by Newbery Honoree Timberlake, meanwhile, keeps readers engaged through laugh-out-loud repetition as she tackles sensitive issues such as elitism, exclusivity, and even science cited for nefarious purposes. Frog and Toad-like in nuance and tenor, this is no old-fashioned story in which Skunk charms Badger and thaws his frozen heart. Badger is in a privileged position, and his refusal to share what he has and to protect Skunk and his guests has a deep and timely significance--one rendered with an expertly light touch." -- Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Amy Timberlake writes with whimsical humor reminiscent of A.A. Milne, Arnold Lobel and Kenneth Grahame, which is reinforced by Jon Klassen's splendid illustrations. [A] charming, funny and touching trilogy opener." -- Shelf Awareness

"Reminiscent of Lobel's Frog and Toad stories... Klassen's black and white art is finely lined with intricate detail and rich shading, calibrating to the story's classic feel but maintaining a modern edge. Readers graduating from Lobel's work but still looking for a good animal buddy story will find it with Skunk and Badger." -- The Bulletin for the Center of Children's Books

Amy Timberlake's work has received a Newbery Honor, an Edgar Award, a Golden Kite Award, and the China Times Best Book Award. She grew up in Hudson, Wisconsin, but now calls Chicago home. She is a proud alumna of Mount Holyoke College, where she majored in history, and holds an MA in English/Creative Writing from the University of Illinois. You can find her walking on Chicago's Lakefront Trail on cool, crisp fall days.

Jon Klassen is a Canadian-born author/illustrator. He has written and illustrated three picture books of his own ( I Want My Hat Back, This Is Not My Hat and We Found A Hat) and illustrated many other author's texts, including Sam & Dave Dig A Hole by Mac Barnett, The Dark by Lemony Snicket, and Pax by Sara Pennypacker. His books have won a Caldecott medal and two Caldecott honors and other international awards. He lives in Los Angeles, California with his wife and son.

Event date: 
Sunday, September 20, 2020 - 2:30pm
Event address: 
1818 N Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Skunk and Badger (Skunk and Badger 1) Cover Image
By Amy Timberlake, Jon Klassen (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781643750057
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Published: Algonquin Young Readers - September 15th, 2020

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Published: Candlewick - September 27th, 2011

This Is Not My Hat Cover Image
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We Found a Hat Cover Image
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