If I was a skunk, I can think of no greater insult than being called 'an odourless plop', but this is the fate that befalls Woody, the skunk with no funk.

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
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9781922179012
For ages: 3+
Type: Picture Book
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