Fabulous Four Skunks

Fabulous Four Skunks

by David Fair, Bruce Koscielniak
Four skunks form a rock-and-roll band, but at their first audition they are told they stink! But soon, thanks to the ingenuity of the manager, the Fabulous Four Skunks seem destined for success.


Four skunks form a rock-and-roll band, but at their first audition they are told they stink! But soon, thanks to the ingenuity of the manager, the Fabulous Four Skunks seem destined for success.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
You've heard of punk rock; here's skunk rock. After skunks Stinky, Stenchy, Smelly and Reeky form a pop combo, the local Teen Center's manager (who resembles the title character of Koscielniak's Geoffrey Groundhog Predicts the Weather) listens to their demo tape and invites them to audition. But a problem arises when the band shows up. "You stink!" the manager tells them. "We're just beginners," answers Stenchy, not realizing that the band's aroma is in question. The Four Skunks get the gig anyway, and the rodents, rabbits and birds in the audience cope by wearing clothespins on their noses. First-time author Fair doesn't deviate from his one-joke strategy, but the gags and double entendres are likely to grab kids. On the other hand, Koscielniak's cartoony watercolors, rendered in a sedate palette of grays, olives and mild pinks, give off barely a whiff of the Skunks' non-scents-ical attractions. Ages 2-7. (Mar.)
Children's Literature - Judy Katsh
The fabulous four skunks are a rock and roll band on their way to the top-if only they can solve one little problem. Odor jokes and smelly synonyms predominate; and provide a rollicking good time for all. There are some messages here about persistence and first impressions (or whiffs), but they definitely take a back seat to the fun.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-Skunks Stenchy, Reeky, Smelly, and Stinky are a hard-working band. They practice night and day in Stenchy's basement until her mom suggests that they're good enough to play at the teen center. They get a whiff of the trouble ahead when everyone rushes out just as they arrive. Oblivious to their own scent, they continue to set up until the manager yells, "You guys stink!" Though all seems lost, the manager gets a brilliant idea, revealed in the final illustration-the teens in the audience (who are animals as well) have their noses safely clipped against the band's odor. Readers will love the fact that the skunks have no clue of their embarrassing situation. This is a fun read-aloud choice for children who crave more sophisticated content but still enjoy picture books. Koscielniak's humorous, cartoonstyle illustrations invite individual browsing. Young children, however, will probably miss some of the rock-and-roll allusions.-Lisa S. Murphy, formerly at Dauphin County Library System, Harrisburg, PA
Ilene Cooper
Smelly, Stenchy, Reeky, and Stinky, a band collectively known as The Four Skunks, are eager to get a gig at the town's teen center. Their demo tape lands them an audition, but when they appear, the manager of the center finds them as malodorous as they are melodious. The skunks, who live for their music, are oblivious to the fact that it's odor, not ardor, that is making fans faint. But fortunately, the manager of the teen center has an idea about how to keep the focus on the music. The ending, in which music listeners receive clothespins for their noses on admission to the dance, falls a little flat (do kids even know what clothespins are anymore?). But up to this point, the story is laugh-out-loud funny, and artist Koscielniak highlights every bit of humor in the text and adds some of his own in the sprightly pen-and-watercolor art. This exudes--charm.
Kirkus Reviews
Stinky, Smelly, Reeky, and Stenchy form a rock band and, to their delight, land a gig at the local teen center. The audience flees in disgust, but soon returns, sporting clothespins and chanting, "Blay somb more songs . . . We lub you." The fetid foursome look more like badgers than skunks in the vigorously inked and brushed watercolors, and the plot seems rudimentary next to, say, Elise Primavera's The Three Dots (1993) or Graham Oakley's undeservedly scarce Frog Band stories. Still, Fair's debut shows promise and has obvious appeal to fans of The Stinky Cheese Man (1992) and other books of that odor.

Product Details

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
Publication date:
Product dimensions:
8.31(w) x 10.21(h) x 0.39(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Bruce Koscielniak is the author and illustrator of several books for children; he is also a musician who has played the violin and jazz guitar for many years. He lives in the Berkshires region of Massachusetts.

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