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