The April 2015 OZ Signed First Editions Club picture book pick is The Skunk by Mac Barnett and illustrated by Patrick McDonnell. This is one book that will have adults tickled as well.
Barnett has done it again in this hilarious cat-and-mouse tale of a skunk who won’t stop following the narrator, a man dressed in a tuxedo. The man takes wild turns to escape the skunk, hiding behind shrubs, even seeking to lose himself in a crowd at the opera, but still the skunk manages to trail him. The narrator asks the skunk, “What do you want?” Alas, “The skunk did not answer. The skunk was a skunk.” McDonnell’s minimalist illustrations give the book the feel of a black-and-white movie that switches to full-color with a turn in the story. This witty tale is a great story to read aloud.