One Smart Skunk

One Smart Skunk

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by Harriet Ziefert, Santiago Cohen, Santiago Cohen
     
 

When Rebecca the skunk moves out, it really raises a stink.
Rebecca the skunk, who lives under a deck in the suburbs, tolerates the owner's dog and eludes all the traps he sets to ensnare her. But when three big scoopfuls of mothballs are flung into her nest, she knows it's time to move on. Leaving a note behind — "So long and thanks for the accommodations.

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When Rebecca the skunk moves out, it really raises a stink.
Rebecca the skunk, who lives under a deck in the suburbs, tolerates the owner's dog and eludes all the traps he sets to ensnare her. But when three big scoopfuls of mothballs are flung into her nest, she knows it's time to move on. Leaving a note behind — "So long and thanks for the accommodations. Good luck finding someone to handle your pest control!" — Rebecca packs up and moves to the city, headed for a new life and new adventure.
This clever tale about one smart skunk is not only funny; it's also full of interesting information about skunks. Santiago Cohen's paintings, which have been likened to Ludwig Bemelmans', connect the reader to Rebecca by something far stronger than a pungent whiff: great good humor.

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Kirkus Reviews
Rebecca, the skunk of the title, lives under a suburban back porch. She sprays Beamer, the family dog, once too often, and Willy and his parents try to catch her in a trap. Rebecca's too smart. When Willy's dad notices Rebecca is about to have a litter of kits, the humans bring out the extreme measures (moth balls, ammonia and rap music). Rebecca leaves them a note and takes off to move in with a friend in the city. Prolific Ziefert scores one of her few misses with this unfocused defense of skunk-kind. The point seems to be imparting naturalistic details about skunks, but the main character is humanized to too great an extent especially in the leaving of the note and the critiquing of the cage. Cohen's digitally manipulated, stylized illustrations are reminiscent of Lauren Child's work especially in That Pesky Rat. The artwork and Ziefert's explanation of the inspiration for the story are the highlights here. Collections in need of easy, bright science-influenced titles could do worse, but this isn't essential. (Picture book. 3-7)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781593540647
Publisher:
Blue Apple Books
Publication date:
08/12/2004
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
8.94(w) x 10.79(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Harriet Ziefert is a well-known author who has written over one hundred books for children. When she is not writing, she commutes between her homes in Lincoln, Massachusetts and Maplewood, New Jersey.

Santiago Cohen attended art school in Mexico and holds a master's degree from the Pratt Institute in New York City. His work is widely shown in both individual and collective fine arts exhibits and his illustrations have appeared in newspapers, magazines a

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One Smart Skunk 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
grannynanny More than 1 year ago
I gave this book to my 6yr old grandson on Christmas. As soon as he unwrapped it he started to read it and didn't put it down until he finished. He told me he liked the story very much and I can see why. The story is engaging, the illustrations are eye-catching and there are facts about skunks on many pages. It is both factual and fanciful.