Skunk and Badger Book 2 Egg Marks the Spot

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When roommates Skunk and Badger head out on a rock-finding expedition, they find surprises behind every boulder in this follow-up to the bestselling, award-winning Skunk and Badger.

“X Marks the Spot!”

Buried in the heart of every animal is a secret treasure. For rock scientist Badger, it’s the Spider Eye Agate he found as a cub, stolen years ago by his crafty cousin, Fisher. For Badger’s roommate, Skunk, the treasure is Sundays with the New Yak Times Book Review. When an old acquaintance, Mr. G. Hedgehog, announces his plan to come for the Book Review as soon as it thumps on the doorstep, Skunk decides an adventure will solve Badger’s problems as well as his own. Surprisingly, Badger agrees. Together they set off on an agate-finding expedition at Badger’s favorite spot on Endless Lake.

But all is not as it seems at Campsite #5. Fisher appears unexpectedly. Then a chicken arrives who seems intent on staying. Something is up!

Indeed!

Secrets, betrayals, 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 ToadWinnie-the-Pooh, and The Wind in the Willows.---from the publisher

160 pages                              9781760877057                     Ages 7-10

Keywords:  animals, skunk, badger, adventure, part of a series, 7 year old, 8 year old, 9 year old, 10 year old

Amy Timberlake

Jon Klassen illus

Algonquin Young Readers (September 14, 2021)

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In the first in this series, Skunk and Badger,  Skunk moves in with the solitary rock-loving Badger and both find their lives changed forever as the two navigate a way to live together in harmony.

In this new adventure, they set out on an expedition to find the missing piece of Badger's alphabetical rock wall - the mysterious A for agate, stolen years ago by Badger’s treasure-hunting cousin, Fisher ... "Buried in the heart of every animal is a secret treasure. For rock scientist Badger, it's the Spider Eye Agate he found as a cub, stolen years ago by his crafty cousin, Fisher. For Badger's roommate, Skunk, the treasure is Sundays with the New Yak Times Book Review. When an old acquaintance, Mr. G. Hedgehog, announces his plan to come for the Book Review as soon as it thumps on the doorstep, Skunk decides an adventure will solve Badger's problems as well as his own. Surprisingly, Badger agrees. Together they set off on an agate-finding expedition at Badger's favourite spot on Endless Lake. But all is not as it seems at Campsite #5. Fisher appears unexpectedly. Then a chicken arrives who seems intent on staying. Something is up! Indeed! Secrets, betrayals, lies … and a luminous, late-Jurassic prize."

What follows is an engaging read for those who enjoy a good old-fashioned story with no super powers, timeslip or other devices that many modern stories are reliant on.  Yet there is adventure, intrigue, drama, mystery, anticipation and all those core qualities of stories well-told that will capture the imagination, absorb the reader and pass the time in a most pleasant way.  With illustrations, some full-colour plates, and easily accessible text, this is one for independent readers as well as being a good family or class story to share.

Something both wistful and whimsical to delight.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tKZC7C5kwtw

Recommended by:  Barbara Braxton, Teacher Librarian, New South Wales AUSTRALIA

See more of her recommendations:

500 Hats http://500hats.edublogs.org/

The Bottom Shelf http://thebottomshelf.edublogs.org/

Storybook Cushions http:// bit.ly/storybook_cushions

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