Perfect Picture Book Friday! Punk Skunks by Trisha Speed Shaskan

30 Jan

Susanna Leonard Hill has a feature on her blog called Perfect Picture Book Friday. It is a list of “perfect” picture books recommended by all sorts of people. I chose this book because it is a funny story with a great message.

punkPunk Skunks
Written by Trisha Speed Shaskan
Illustrated by Stephen Shaskan
40 pages – ages 5+
Will be published by HarperCollins on February 9th, 2016

Theme- Friendship/Argument/Disagreement

Genre- Fiction

Opening and Synopsis- Opening Lines: “Kit and Buzz were BSFs- best skunks forever. Each day, Kit banged on Buzz’s door.

Synopsis from GoodReads: “Join two rockin’ punk skunks in a fun story about friendship.

Kit and Buzz are BSFs—Best Skunks Forever. Every day they rock out together. But when Kit wants to sing a song about skating and Buzz wants to sing a song about painting, the BSFs get into a HUGE fight!

They try to hum, drum, and strum on their own, but it’s all wrong. Will Kit and Buzz find a way to make up?

What I Thought- I liked this book. Kit and Buzz are great characters. I laughed at the “parodies” of bands and whatnot in the illustrations – Kit wears an “ABCD” shirt, which I’m 95% sure is an AC/DC reference; Buzz has a “Ratmoans” poster. That was funny, and I bet adults would get the jokes. The book is a great story about how friends can disagree/fight with each other, but can make up and still be friends. Mr. Shaskan’s illustrations use bold colors and dark lines, looking like a cartoon or comic character. Kids will love them. Ms. Shaskan has written a fun book that kids will connect with. 

Activities and Resources- You could write a poem/song, and then play an “instrument” to it (anything works – pots and pans, milk jug, etc). Even better – make it about friendship or your best friend! Over on the How Wee Learn blog, there is a great article on how to make a bunch of different homemade instruments. Click HERE.
Check out a couple of the Punk Skunks songs!


Check out more about the book at the HarperCollins website! Click HERE!

To find more Perfect Picture Books please visit Susanna Hill’s blog HERE!

25 Responses to “Perfect Picture Book Friday! Punk Skunks by Trisha Speed Shaskan”

  1. rnewman504 January 30, 2016 at 9:45 am #

    I’ve heard so many wonderful things about these skunks. I can’t wait to read the book. Great review, Erik!

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  2. Joanna January 30, 2016 at 1:23 pm #

    I have been watching and waiting for this rollicking skunk book. So glad you reviewed it.

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  3. julie rowan zoch January 30, 2016 at 1:33 pm #

    Looking forward to this!

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  4. Genevieve Petrillo January 30, 2016 at 2:02 pm #

    I am not allowed to play with skunks, for some reason… but if I could, I would join their band immediately.

    Love and licks,
    Cupcake

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  5. viviankirkfield January 30, 2016 at 10:08 pm #

    Oh yay…a brand new book! Great review as always, Erik!

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  6. Sue Morris @ KidLitReviews January 30, 2016 at 10:08 pm #

    Punk Skunks . . . what an interesting idea. It looks like the skunks misrepresent some good punk bands. I bet this is really funny and I would love to read it.

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  7. Jilanne Hoffmann January 31, 2016 at 1:51 pm #

    Sounds just as good as Punk Farm, a PB about farm animals playing a punk version of Old MacDonald Had a Farm. Skunks and punk, though, are a natural pairing. Will have to check this one out!

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  8. Patricia Tilton January 31, 2016 at 7:48 pm #

    So glad to read your review about this book! Sounds likes great fun!

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  9. Penny Parker Klostermann January 31, 2016 at 8:12 pm #

    You’re lucky to have read this! I’ve been looking forward to it! Thanks for the review.

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  10. Heather Dent (@HeatherDent3) January 31, 2016 at 10:52 pm #

    The title alone is enough to make anyone pull this off the shelf. I must read this book.

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  11. heylookawriterfellow February 1, 2016 at 12:30 pm #

    Those skunks and ROCK! I haven’t heard music this good since Chipmunk Punk (and, yes, that really was a thing).

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