THE SKUNK by Mac Barnett
Published by Five Mile Press
THE SKUNK is an Australian reprint of the New York Times best illustrated book of 2015. The story is about a man who is followed by a skunk through the streets of New York until he finally loses him. He celebrates with a party, then realises that he misses the skunk and leaves to find him. The book comes a full circle without heavy sentimentality.
The award winning illustrations by Patrick McDonnell are cartoonish and minimalist, using colour to convey mood, setting and emphasis in a style reminiscent of 1950’s cartoons.
The concepts in this book are quite sophisticated. The stalking premise may be slightly uncomfortable but the Skunk’s motivation is never explained and is never threatening. It could provide a good teaching moment.
Mac Barnett’s vocabulary is restrained, sentences short and setting interesting as the story moves quickly through (and under) the streets of New York city. The humour is discerning and slightly dry.
A refreshing book for those who read widely.
CKT Book Reviewer
Author: Mac Barnett
Illustrator: Patrick McDonnell
Title: The Skunk
Publisher: The Five Mile Press Pty Ltd
Published: November 2015