Punk Skunks

illus. by Stephen Shaskan. 40p. HarperCollins/Harper. Feb. 2016. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780062363961.
PreS-Gr 2—It's all about rhythm and rhyme for the punk skunks. Kit and Buzz are BSFs—Best Skunks Forever—and they fill their town with their rockin' beats and jams. Ever the artistic duo, they always find a way to jam out in harmony—until one day, when they can't quite agree what they'll write their next song about. After a not so harmonious argument, Kit goes solo on her drums but realizes it's all wrong, so she gives up and sets out to sell her drums at Moe's, the local music shop. Buzz tries hummin' and strummin' on his strings, but it's just not right, so he heads out to sell his prized guitar. When he arrives at Moe's, he is surprised to see Kit there. They rekindle their musical spirit and find a way to rock out once more. With a "crash! bam! boom!" and a "wahh! wahh! ren!" and fresh new lyrics to boot, the skunks put on a concert for all their friends and finally find friendship and harmony again. With plenty of onomatopoeia and alliteration, this title will get readers up out of their seats and rocking. Bright, neon-inspired cartoons lend themselves to the rockin' and rhythmic text.
VERDICT A vibrant, fun, and memorable read for independent readers as well as group sharing.

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