Skunks!

Overview

There's nothing quite as sly and stinky as a skunk and nobody quite as imaginative and witty as poet David Greenberg and artist Lynn to bring

them to life. In this hilarious book, readers will find skunks that are surprisingly useful - their smelly spray can flavor everything from sundaes to salad dressing and even help water the lawn. And their furry black-and-white coats make everything from comfy slippers to classy tuxedos! Fans of the ...

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Overview

There's nothing quite as sly and stinky as a skunk and nobody quite as imaginative and witty as poet David Greenberg and artist Lynn to bring

them to life. In this hilarious book, readers will find skunks that are surprisingly useful - their smelly spray can flavor everything from sundaes to salad dressing and even help water the lawn. And their furry black-and-white coats make everything from comfy slippers to classy tuxedos! Fans of the irresistibly repulsive Slugs and Bugs! will delight in this newest celebration of a creepy creature.

Author Biography: David T. Greenberg and Lynn Munsinger previously collaborated on Bugs! Mr. Greenberg lives in Portland, Oregon. Ms. Munsinger lives in Old Greenwich, Connecticut.

Lynn Munsinger's deliciously amusing illustrations have graced the pages of many best-selling children's books, including the Custard the Dragon series by Ogden Nash. She lives in New Jersey.

Suggests all kinds of silly, smelly things that one could do with skunks.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In David T. Greenberg's follow-up to Slugs and Bugs!, both illus. by Lynn Munsinger, he casts his wry eye on another often maligned species, Skunks! "The stunkiest stank ever to stink/ The stankiest stink to stunk/ Far worse than a moldy garbage can/ When you reach down and scoop out the gunk." The litany of what one can do with skunks and their spray ranges from droll to kid-pleasingly disgusting, and youngsters will surely find more than a whiff of humor in Munsinger's jaunty, fittingly hyperbolic watercolors. ( Apr.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Publishers Weekly
"The litany of what one can do with the skunks and their spray ranges from droll to kid-pleasingly disgusting, and youngsters will find more than a whiff of humor in the jaunty, fittingly hyperbolic watercolors," said PW. Ages 3-6. (Aug.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Youngsters will be delighted, disgusted, surprised and stunned at the many antics and attributes of this most unlovable of creatures. Author Greenberg offers readers many useful ideas for loving skunks. "First of all, it's valid, to keep a skunk as pet, and spray your family's salad, in place of vinaigrette." "Skunks make excellent hats, really cozy undies, whip their spray like Cool Whip and slather ice cream sundies." "Get married to a skunk, and save a thousand bucks, he can carbonate all of the wedding drinks, and won't require a tax." Readers will never again think about a skunk in the same way. Lynn Munsinger's charming watercolor pictures endear this not-so-charming critter to youngsters. Whimsical illustrations paired with the clever rhyming text make this a treasure for primary teachers, day care providers and families with young readers. Greenberg's concept is truly an example of "thinking outside the box". Fans of his previous book, Slugs and Bugs, will be delighted with this most recent celebration of a creepy critter. 2001, Little Brown, $15.95. Ages 4 to 8. Reviewer: Sue Reichard
School Library Journal
K-Gr 4-Greenberg continues in the tradition of Slugs (1983) and Bugs (1997, both Little, Brown) with this sensational and sometimes repulsive book about skunks. "First of all, it's valid/To keep a skunk as a pet/And spray your family's salad/In place of a vinaigrette." The accompanying picture shows a child holding a skunk, tail poised over a big bowl of salad on a table. The text goes on to suggest spraying family toothbrushes, wearing skunks as "Really cozy undies," and marrying a skunk. The endless uses of spray will leave some readers laughing and others disgusted. Munsinger's funny illustrations capture all of the creature's interactions with humans and make these stinky situations almost too real. This unusual romp through the animal world is not for those with weak stomachs.-Sheryl L. Shipley, North Central Local Schools, Pioneer, OH Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
From The Critics
Artist Lynn Munsinger contributes her hilarious drawings to Greenberg's consideration of the skunk and its possible attributes. Zany and hilarious scenarios include the idea that "skunks make superior sprinklers for watering your grass/Pump their tails several times, spray insects with their gas." The ideas for a skunk's use get zanier as the rollicking rhyme continues throughout.
Kirkus Reviews
Master of revulsion Greenberg (Bugs, not reviewed, etc.) takes on skunks, to the merriment of his audience. "The stunkiest stank ever to stink / The stankiest stink to stunk / Far worse than a moldy garbage can / When you reach down and scoop out the gunk." Yes, the unforgettable stink of a skunk. Munsinger (Tacky and the Emperor, 2000, etc.) traipses right along behind Greenberg, following his every move, sharply animating her characters. Her colors are muted to the point of appearing washed out, so it takes the facial expressions and the comic scenarios to carry the page. Note particularly the double-paged spread of a wedding scene filled with skunk guests, a bed made completely of piles of the fuzzies, or the slapstick squirrel that's been zapped. Greenberg's scuzzy humor, on the other hand, never flags: "But the stink of a skunk / I always have thunk / Is more than a sweet bouquet / There are numerous other things (that a punk) / Can do with the heavenly spray." And he goes on to enumerate them in great detail and at the expense of sounding like a one-note song. There are times that his inventiveness fails him-"Skunks make superior sprinklers / For watering your grass" and "A hovercraft of squirting skunks / Take it for a ride" are particularly desperate-yet mostly Greenberg manages to make the fragrant nightlifer an object of mirth and high-spirited language. (Picture book. 4-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780613653473
  • Publisher: San Val, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/1/1903
  • Format: Library Binding

Meet the Author

David T. Greenberg, christened "our emerging poet of Gross" by the New York Times, travels the country giving poetry readings and conducting language arts workshops for teachers and children.

Lynn Munsinger is the illustrator of many popular books for children, including One Hungry Monster and Ogden Nash's The Tale of Custard the Dragon and Custard the Dragon and the Wicked Knight.
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