HONEY BADGERS by Jamison Odone


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Age Range: 6 - 8
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Wearing influences from Maurice Sendak to Edward Gorey on his sleeve, Odone debuts with a child’s terse, surreal self-introduction. Found in a basket and raised by a pair of honey badgers—dressed, in the delicately drawn illustrations, in cable-knit, cold weather gear—a human child notes, among similar random observations, that his parents dine on snakes but he only eats flowers, that his father makes wonderful kites from ferns, and that while some claim that living in a den is absurd, what’s really absurd is that a friend lives with a couple of “creeping beetles.” He then announces that he’s going to bed. His free-ranging, outdoorsy lifestyle, along with the carved stone animals, rumpled-looking trees and other odd details tucked into the pictures, may engage readers for a bit, but most will just scratch their heads and move on. (Picture book. 6-8)

Pub Date: April 1st, 2007
ISBN: 1-932425-51-9
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Front Street/Boyds Mills
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1st, 2007


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