Egg Marks the Spot (Skunk and Badger #2) by Amy Timberlake @amys_writer_photos @jonklassen @algonquinyr #EggMarkstheSpot #SkunkAndBadger

Praise for Skunk and Badger:

A People Best Book for Kids of 2020
A Booklist Editor’s Choice Book of 2020
A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2020
A New York Public Library Best Book of 2020 An Evanston Public Library Great Kids Book of 2020

“A splendid entry in the odd-couple genre. Exceptionally sweet.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“It’s a treasure of a book that promises future misadventures from your new favorite odd
couple.” — Booklist, starred review

“Art by Caldecott Medalist Klassen offers Wind in the Willows wistfulness. Gleeful, onomatopoeic prose by
Newbery Honoree Timberlake, meanwhile, keeps readers engaged through laugh-out-loud repetition.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Amy Timberlake writes with whimsical humor reminiscent of A.A. Milne, Arnold Lobel and Kenneth Grahame, which is reinforced by Jon Klassen’s splendid illustrations. [A] charming, funny and touching trilogy opener.” — Shelf Awareness

“Skunk and Badger is everything I want in an early reader book: madcap silliness, fun science facts about geology and chickens, and a heartfelt lesson about the mistakes Badger makes on a bumpy road to friendship with Skunk and lead him to reckoning atonement. ”

—The San Diego Union Tribune
Skunk and Badger by Amy Timberlake
with pictures by Jon Klassen

Hardcover ISBN: 9781643750057, $18.95 Ship Date 8/26, Pub Date 9/15
Ages 8-12, Grades 3-7
Also available as an e-book & audiobook

A Kirkus Reviews Best Children’s Book of 2020

A School Library Journal Best Book of 2020
A Shelf Awareness for Readers Best Book of 2020 A Chicago Public Library Best Book of 2020 An Indigo Best Book of the Year 2020

“Curmudgeonly Badger is not amused when Skunk moves in. Endearing comedy ensues.” —People
“Gloriously complemented by Jon Klassen’s

meticulous illustrations, Skunk and Badger has the feel of a bygone era while telling a completely modern (and delightful) story of how hard change can be, and how worth it change is.” —NPR

“Clear themes of tolerance, friendship, and understanding drive the story in a way that children will respond to… A sweet unlikely friendship story.” —School Library Journal

“Reminiscent of Lobel’s Frog and Toad stories… Readers graduating from Lobel’s work but still looking for a good animal buddy story will find it with Skunk and Badger.” — The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

“Kids will love the humor in this book, as the two of them learn to become friends. Hint: you’ll love it, too.” —Philadelphia Tribune

“Wordy fun, with laugh-out-loud dialogue… Scratchy yet sophisticated ink drawings by Jon Klassen add warmth to the already cozy text…they give this handsomely designed book the look and feel of a classic.” —The New York Times Book Review
★ ★

“Both an entertaining solo read for emerging readers and a lively read-aloud for younger kids. Klassen’s occasional illustrations add yet more pizazz to a story rich with
humor and heart.”
—Washington Parent

“Underneath the cosy atmosphere of Timberlake and Klassen’s creation is a deep, thought-provoking children’s book that doesn’t talk down to younger readers.” —Bookstr

“The characters are so lovingly drawn, and the world they inhabit so vivid. Skunk and Badger feel like literary friends with many pages of stories to tell.”
—New York Journal of Books

“Amy Timberlake has written a laugh-out-loud funny book for younger middle graders that puts a fresh spin on the old trope of learning the importance of friendship. Kids will love this one, as will anyone who gets hold of it.” —Manhattan Book Review

“If this pandemic has taught us lessons, one is that children are capable of dealing with a lot, and living in close quarters takes negotiation, which Amy Timberlake so lovingly shows with Skunk and Badger.”

—Kira Wizner, Merritt Bookstore
“This is a special book about many important things: compromise, forgiveness, family, and science. It is also my new favorite family read-aloud of the year.” —Summer Laurie, Books Inc.

“Everything I want in an early reader book; madcap silliness, fun science facts about geology and chickens, and a heartfelt lesson about the mistakes Badger makes on a bumpy road to friendship with Skunk. Loved it!”

—Mimi Hannan, La Playa Books
“A perfect family read-aloud in the style of classics Frog and Toad and The Bat Poet, Skunk and Badger have ‘very important’ lessons to teach.”

—Cheryl McKeon, Market Block Books
“Skunk and Badger is such a clever, fun story sure to be enjoyed as a read aloud and early chapter book. And what is not to love about the CHICKENS!”
—Christine Patrick, Winchester Book Gallery

“Amy Timberlake has created a masterpiece! These two characters truly come alive!” —Chelsea Elward, Booked LLC

Skunk and Badger by Amy Timberlake
with pictures by Jon Klassen
Hardcover ISBN: 9781643750057, $18.95 On Sale Now
Ages 8-12, Grades 3-7
Also available as an e-book & audiobook

“’We love Skunk and Badger. We don’t just like it. We love it.’ – Nico, age 3.5” —Community Bookstore

“These two unlikely roommates struggle to get along, but it is easy for readers to fall in love with them both.” —Meghan Hayden, River Bend Bookshop

“A charming story of friendship, perfect to read aloud to all ages. I haven’t been this charmed by a book in a long time.” —Cathy Berner, Blue Willow Bookshop

“It’s the perfect book for curling up around. Like Frog & Toad or Wallace & Gromit, Skunk & Badger are certain to be beloved.”

—Marika McCoola, Porter Square Books
“This is a perfect family read-aloud. More, please!”

—Suzanna Hermans, Oblong Books & Music

“ Loved every little bit of this story, and I knew what voice I would use for a read-aloud for both characters within just a few well-crafted sentences. Great fun!”

—David Wolff, Content Book Store
“What a wonderful, heartwarming story. Destined to become a classic, Skunk and Badger is exactly the kind of spring book kids need right now!” —Anderson McKean, Page & Palette

“Amy Timberlake’s first book in the Skunk and Badger series is a fun take on the odd-couple friendship.”

—Rachel Watkins, Avid Bookshop

“This is a lovely, quirky story excellent for read-togethers or bedtime storytime. Frog & Toad. George & Martha, and many other odd-couple pairings in kid lit can welcome Skunk & Badger to the party.” —Ellen Greene, Bookpeople

About the Book:

Egg Marks the Spot (Skunk and Badger 2)
By Amy Timberlake
Illustrated by Jon Klassen
Buried in the heart of every animal is a secret treasure. Badger’s is the Spider Eye Agate, stolen years ago by his crafty and treasure-trade-dealing cousin, Fisher. Skunk’s is Sundays with the New Yak Times Book Review.

When Mr. G. Hedgehog threatens to take the Book Review as soon as it thumps on the doorstep, Skunk decides an adventure (“X Marks the Spot!”) will solve both their problems. Badger agrees, and together they set off for his favorite campsite on Endless Lake. But all is not as it seems at Campsite #5. Harrumphs in the night. Unexpected friends.

Then Fisher appears, and Badger knows something is up.

Something involving secrets, betrayals, and lies.

And a luminous, late-Jurassic prize.

In a volume that includes full-color plates and additional black-and-white illustrations by Caldecott medalist Jon Klassen, Newbery Honor author Amy Timberlake takes readers on a second adventure in the new series reviewers have called an instant classic, with comparisons to Frog and Toad, Winnie-the-Pooh, and The Wind in the Willows.

About the Author:

Amy Timberlake’s novels for young readers have received a Newbery Honor, an Edgar Award, a Golden Kite Award, and the China Times Best Book Award. She grew up in Hudson, Wisconsin, but now calls Chicago home. She is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College, and holds an MA in English and Creative Writing from the University of Illinois. You can find her walking on Chicago’s Lakefront Trail on cool, crisp fall days.

About the Illustrator:

Jon Klassen is a Canadian-born author-illustrator. His books include I Want My Hat Back; This Is Not My Hat, winner of the Caldecott Medal; and We Found A Hat. He is a member of the Order of Canada in recognition of his contributions to children’s literature. He currently lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two sons.

My Review:

As a child I enjoyed The Wind in the Willows. Skunk and Badger book 1 was good and I was waiting for book 2.

When I got a review invitation email from Algonquin, I accepted it because I wanted to be part of the next installment of Skunk and Badger’s adventures.

Badger wants to collect more rocks and Skunk just wants a quiet Sunday. Let the adventures begin! As with book 1, I was looking forward to the antics and twists and turns of the book. The pacing is good.

The illustrations are beautiful.

Thanks to Amy Timberlake, John Klassen and Algonquin Young Readers for my ARC in exchange for an honest and voluntary review.

4 stars.

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“Leaning heavily on its delightfully whimsical qualities, Book 2 of Timberlake and Klassen’s endearing series also boasts a whole lot of heart, perhaps even more so than its predecessor. Even as its often fantastical premise careens over the edge (and thrillingly so), the series’ titular duo keep it grounded thanks to Timberlake’s clear admiration for these characters and their quirks. Klassen’s artwork, meanwhile, continues to awe with its wistfulness. As wonderful as Important Rock Work.”
—Kirkus Reviews, starred review.

Author: Katherine

Hi, I'm Katherine. Words have been a passion of mine for years. Books are my go-to way to relax. I am a hopeless romantic as well as a book, fashion and beauty fanatic. I am addicted to purple (even my electric wheelchair is purple). I live with Spastic Quadriplegic Cerebral Palsy and Hydrocephalus and am registered legally blind due to multiple visual impairments. I have been blogging (with the aid of assistive technology) since 2014 as I wanted a space for my musings on the Internet. Here, you'll find book, makeup and beauty product reviews writing-related posts as well as general chats about life. So feel free to join me. Because life is beautiful.

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