Friday, June 12, 2015

The Skunk (Mac Barnett)

Mac Barnett is becoming one of my favorites! The books I have read of his are: Extra Yarn, Battle Bunny, Telephone,  Sam and Dave Dig a Hole, The Terrible Two, and now this one. They are all brilliant!

My students were able to make a connection with one of the Open Court stories we read: Stevie. It is about a boy who gets tired of a little boy his mom babysits - until he ends up not coming over anymore. We talked about how you should appreciate things when they're here because you will miss them later.

It's funny how much the man and the skunk look alike. Hmmmm.....

This is one book I'd be interested in hearing the author's perspective on why he wrote it.

Goodreads summary:

When a skunk first appears in the tuxedoed man's doorway, it's a strange but possibly harmless occurrence. But then the man finds the skunk following him, and the unlikely pair embark on an increasingly frantic chase through the city, from the streets to the opera house to the fairground. What does the skunk want? It's not clear--but soon the man has bought a new house in a new neighborhood to escape the little creature's attention, only to find himself missing something. . .
This slyly hilarious tale brings together picture book talents Mac Barnett and Patrick McDonnell for the first time.

There are lots of good questions that come out of this book. Is the skunk symbolic? Is the man trying to hide something stinky in his life? Why does he go looking for the skunk? Why is the skunk following him? Is this about anxiety?




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