SKUNKDOG by Emily Jenkins

SKUNKDOG

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Age Range: 4 - 7
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Jenkins and Pratt team up for a second canine-themed collaboration, this time focusing on a white dog named Dumpling and her unlikely friendship with a skunk. Although Dumpling has an extra-long snout and a large nose, she can’t smell anything at all, and she has no dog friends since she can’t participate in the normal canine olfactory introductions. After the family moves to the country, the lonely dog tries to befriend a skunk in the backyard with predictable results. Dumpling doesn’t mind being sprayed by the skunk, but her suffering family must deploy all sorts of methods to get her clean. The skunk and the dog gradually become pals, playing in the backyard and sleeping on the afghan inside Dumpling’s doghouse. The relatively long story has a strong narrative voice with rich language, but the humorous illustrations are the strongest feature. Pratt’s paintings use bold strokes and deep hues against the background of brilliant green grass, with blurry shadows adding a dreamlike quality to Dumpling’s story. (Picture book. 4-7)

Pub Date: April 29th, 2008
ISBN: 978-0-374-37009-1
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Frances Foster/Farrar, Straus & Giroux
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 15th, 2008




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