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No matter how his family tries to help him — teaching him to rummage in rubbish; encouraging him to roll in dung — Woody just can't seem to smell like a real skunk. And without a proper stench for self-defence, Woody's mother worries that he's going to be very vulnerable to predators.
But while Woody wishes he wasn't quite such a failure when it comes to funk, he's got a talent all of his own that might just save his reputation not to mention his life!
As an editor, I adored the play on words that underpins this clever story. But linguistic tricks aside, this is a truly glorious picture book. The illustrations by Leila Rudge are insanely cute and quirky, imbuing Woody with so much character and charm. This is a joyful triumph of a book with a feel-good ending that really delivers.
Title: The Skunk With No Funk
Author: Rebecca Young
Illustrator: Leila Rudge
Publisher: Walker Books, $24.95 RRP
Publication Date: August 2014
For ages: 3+
Type: Picture Book