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Buried in the heart of every animal is a secret treasure. For rock scientist Badger, it’s the Spider Eye Agate he found as a cub, stolen years ago by his crafty cousin, Fisher. For Badger’s roommate, Skunk, the treasure is Sundays with the New Yak Times Book Review. When an old acquaintance, Mr. G. Hedgehog, announces his plan to come for the Book Review as soon as it thum Buried in the heart of every animal is a secret treasure. For rock scientist Badger, it’s the Spider Eye Agate he found as a cub, stolen years ago by his crafty cousin, Fisher. For Badger’s roommate, Skunk, the treasure is Sundays with the New Yak Times Book Review. When an old acquaintance, Mr. G. Hedgehog, announces his plan to come for the Book Review as soon as it thumps on the doorstep, Skunk decides an adventure will solve Badger’s problems as well as his own. Surprisingly, Badger agrees. Together they set off on an agate-finding expedition at Badger’s favorite spot on Endless Lake. But all is not as it seems at Campsite #5. Fisher appears unexpectedly. Then a chicken arrives who seems intent on staying. Something is up! Indeed! Secrets, betrayals, lies . . . and a luminous, late-Jurassic prize.


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Buried in the heart of every animal is a secret treasure. For rock scientist Badger, it’s the Spider Eye Agate he found as a cub, stolen years ago by his crafty cousin, Fisher. For Badger’s roommate, Skunk, the treasure is Sundays with the New Yak Times Book Review. When an old acquaintance, Mr. G. Hedgehog, announces his plan to come for the Book Review as soon as it thum Buried in the heart of every animal is a secret treasure. For rock scientist Badger, it’s the Spider Eye Agate he found as a cub, stolen years ago by his crafty cousin, Fisher. For Badger’s roommate, Skunk, the treasure is Sundays with the New Yak Times Book Review. When an old acquaintance, Mr. G. Hedgehog, announces his plan to come for the Book Review as soon as it thumps on the doorstep, Skunk decides an adventure will solve Badger’s problems as well as his own. Surprisingly, Badger agrees. Together they set off on an agate-finding expedition at Badger’s favorite spot on Endless Lake. But all is not as it seems at Campsite #5. Fisher appears unexpectedly. Then a chicken arrives who seems intent on staying. Something is up! Indeed! Secrets, betrayals, lies . . . and a luminous, late-Jurassic prize.

30 review for Egg Marks the Spot

  1. 5 out of 5

    Amy Imogene Reads

    5 bock-bock stars Another adventure with Skunk and Badger?? We are blessed. This one took everything I loved about the first adventure and made it bigger and better. I love this adorable series. Characters: ★★★★★ Writing style: ★★★★★ Plot/Pacing: ★★★★★ This is the second adventure with Skunk and Badger. If you're new to the series, check out this one first! As a grown woman with no kids, I guess I'm an odd age demographic for this series, but let me tell you something: I absolutely loved this book. W 5 bock-bock stars Another adventure with Skunk and Badger?? We are blessed. This one took everything I loved about the first adventure and made it bigger and better. I love this adorable series. Characters: ★★★★★ Writing style: ★★★★★ Plot/Pacing: ★★★★★ This is the second adventure with Skunk and Badger. If you're new to the series, check out this one first! As a grown woman with no kids, I guess I'm an odd age demographic for this series, but let me tell you something: I absolutely loved this book. When people say "oh, this is perfect for ALL AGES!" sometimes what they mean is, it's perfect for kids but not dumb for adults to sit through. Well, Skunk and Badger's adventures in Egg Marks the Spot are truly for all ages. I loved this story and had no issues with it as an adult. The perfect, relaxing read to enjoy with a cozy cup of tea. In Egg Marks the Spot, Badger and Skunk are doing just fine as roommates in Aunt Lula's brownstone. Skunk's latest obsession is obtaining the book review portion of the "New Yak Times" (I love the references, guys, I LOVE them) and Badger is doing Important Rock Work in his rock room. But then, Skunk finds out that his previous neighbor, G. Hedgehog, is back in town and wants to steal his pages of the "New Yak Times Book Review" from him to "resume their previous arrangement." Skunk cannot stand for this - he must leave town for the week to get his mind off of this tragedy. So Skunk proposes a camping trip with Badger. Badger is all for this plan, as he loves exploring and looking for more rocks for Rock Science. In fact, it will give Badger the ability to look for a replacement agate for his collection. Several years ago, his precious agate was taken by his cousin, Fisher, never to be returned! So with Skunk avoiding G. Hedgehog and Badger avoiding thoughts of his stealing cousin, they set off into the woods. With some chickens, of course. (See the first book to get the low-down on the chickens.) But there's something special in the woods this time... and Badger and Skunk are not going to believe it! There, that's it. I'm not going to tell you anymore. Read it for yourself and love it! I know I did. Thank you to Algonquin Young Readers for my copy in exchange for an honest review. Blog | Instagram

  2. 4 out of 5

    Evelina | AvalinahsBooks

    How I read this: Free ebook copy received through Edelweiss Wow, I LOVED it so much 😍 I loved the first book too, but this one takes a special place in my heart - it had all the right ingredients. The book is adorable and absolutely precious. First of all, I really enjoyed Badger's character growth. There was significant growth in the first story too and that's what the plot hinged on, but in this one it's like the idea continues, except it also goes much deeper. Badger really opens up to his frie How I read this: Free ebook copy received through Edelweiss Wow, I LOVED it so much 😍 I loved the first book too, but this one takes a special place in my heart - it had all the right ingredients. The book is adorable and absolutely precious. First of all, I really enjoyed Badger's character growth. There was significant growth in the first story too and that's what the plot hinged on, but in this one it's like the idea continues, except it also goes much deeper. Badger really opens up to his friendship with all the other characters, and at the end, makes some really mature choices I never expected. The next ingredient though, OMG! How do I not spoil this? But remember how chickens were a big part of the first story? Well, they're an even bigger part of the second one, and in a totally unexpected and awesome way (AND connected to Important Rock Science!) I'd love to tell you what I actually loved about that bit of the plot here, but I would absolutely spoil it for you, so I won't. It's just that this book voiced some of my own quirks that I often repeat as fun facts or jokes and I simply can't believe it. Written for me! Haha. Anyway, there was more though. A lot of this story is dedicated to how you must grow past things that have hampered you for a while now, and you have to choose to grow this way consciously. Also, about how sometimes we have a problem, but we don't SAY anything to anyone, or just discuss it with the person who is making our lives difficult. Being passive doesn't help. Both Badger and Skunk have this issue in the book, and with each other's help, they succeed in growing past it, and solving their problems. I thought it was very cool, especially since this book is meant for children, so the story sort of teaches you how to speak up for yourself and that things will not resolve on their own sometimes and that you need to do something to change your circumstances too. It's an important lesson to learn as early as possible. Anyway, I am truly enjoying this series and I already can't wait for the next one. Skunk and Badger stories are great and definitely worth your time! I thank the publisher for giving me a free copy of the ebook in exchange to my honest review. This has not affected my opinion. Book Blog | Bookstagram | Bookish Twitter

  3. 4 out of 5

    Natalie

    I received a gifted advance reader copy of this book to read in exchange for an honest review via Algonquin children's books as part of the book tour. Skunk and Badger: Egg Marks the Spot, is the second book in this delightful and whimsical book series for children and adults. This series is so wonderfully written and illustrated and I am sure this is on the road to becoming a classic of today. In this edition, Skunk and Badger are off on a new adventure doing important rock work. They are lookin I received a gifted advance reader copy of this book to read in exchange for an honest review via Algonquin children's books as part of the book tour. Skunk and Badger: Egg Marks the Spot, is the second book in this delightful and whimsical book series for children and adults. This series is so wonderfully written and illustrated and I am sure this is on the road to becoming a classic of today. In this edition, Skunk and Badger are off on a new adventure doing important rock work. They are looking for some important rocks and go off on a camping adventure in the woods. This rock hunt soon turns into a fun frolicking adventure with Skunk and Badger coming across other animals and even an egg. These stories are simple enough for children to read and understand and I love how much meaning and subtle lessons are embroidered into the stories. Skunk and Badger are such a warm pair of friends and could teach us all more about friendship. I always feel so warm and happy after reading these books and can't wait to get a physical copy of this book to cherish forever.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Kailey (Luminous Libro)

    Skunk and Badger set off on a new adventure searching for Important Rocks, and they go camping in the woods. All Skunk wanted to do was eat a leisurely breakfast and read the Sunday "New Yak Times" Book Review, but instead he forces himself to trek miles through the countryside with a massive pack on his back. A simple rock expedition turns into a wild adventure with cats, rats, bears, and a very strange egg. Skunk and Badger are so funny and adorable! I love the warmth of their friendship and ho Skunk and Badger set off on a new adventure searching for Important Rocks, and they go camping in the woods. All Skunk wanted to do was eat a leisurely breakfast and read the Sunday "New Yak Times" Book Review, but instead he forces himself to trek miles through the countryside with a massive pack on his back. A simple rock expedition turns into a wild adventure with cats, rats, bears, and a very strange egg. Skunk and Badger are so funny and adorable! I love the warmth of their friendship and how they laugh together. In this second book, their friendship is put to the test, and they have to prove their loyalty. I love that the story is simple enough for a children's chapter book, but it is very meaningful. We find out more about both Badger and Skunk's back stories, their memories, and their deepest fears. Badger has to face his mean cousin who bullied him when they were children. Skunk reveals more of his past, and reconnects with old friends who show up at opportune times. I just adore the artwork. Some of the illustrations are in color, and others are in black and white, but they are all delightful. The lines are so expressive, and the whole mood is quaint and charming. There are lovely little details in each scene that bring the story to life. I can't wait to read more from the Skunk and Badger series! This story made me smile; really deep-down joyful smile from head to toe. Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a free and honest review. All the opinions stated here are my own true thoughts and are not influenced by anyone.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Christine

    I love Skunk and Badger and their adventures so much!!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Susan Ballard

    Skunk and Badger are back for another adventure! If you haven’t met these two friends yet, you are missing out. Badger is a rock scientist who lives with his well-read roommate, Skunk. Skunk loves nothing more than to read the “New Yak Book Review” and enjoy his breakfast, but Mr. G. Hedgehog is threatening to swipe his subscription. Badger’s rock collection is always in perfect alphabetical order, but under the letter “A” there is an empty space. It is where Badger’s Spider Eye Agate once sat but Skunk and Badger are back for another adventure! If you haven’t met these two friends yet, you are missing out. Badger is a rock scientist who lives with his well-read roommate, Skunk. Skunk loves nothing more than to read the “New Yak Book Review” and enjoy his breakfast, but Mr. G. Hedgehog is threatening to swipe his subscription. Badger’s rock collection is always in perfect alphabetical order, but under the letter “A” there is an empty space. It is where Badger’s Spider Eye Agate once sat but was stolen by his crafty cousin, Fisher. Skunk proposes an adventure to find Badger a new Agate for his collection. So they pick up a backpack and head out to the woods. What ensues is a hilarious, animal-filled wilderness excursion. Where they make a prehistoric discovery and meet fun new friends along the way. 𝐄𝐠𝐠 𝐌𝐚𝐫𝐤𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐒𝐩𝐨𝐭 is such an entertaining middle-grade book! With great characters and witty dialogue, kids of all ages will want to hear this story. The illustrations are adorable with a perfect mix of color and black and white. I can’t wait for the next adventure with Skunk and Badger. Thank you to @algonquinyr and @amys_writer_photos for a gifted copy.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Maddie

    When Skunk and Badger set out on a weekend rock hunting adventure Badger expects to find some nice rocks for his Important Rock Work and Skunk hopes to have a nice Sunday. What neither of them expect (and what really happens) is for their rock hunting to be derailed by Badger's crafty cousin who steals their rocks and to meet a chicken (named Augusta) who ends up needing help caring for a dinosaur egg. Regardless of how Skunk and Badger thought their rock hunting adventure was going to go they a When Skunk and Badger set out on a weekend rock hunting adventure Badger expects to find some nice rocks for his Important Rock Work and Skunk hopes to have a nice Sunday. What neither of them expect (and what really happens) is for their rock hunting to be derailed by Badger's crafty cousin who steals their rocks and to meet a chicken (named Augusta) who ends up needing help caring for a dinosaur egg. Regardless of how Skunk and Badger thought their rock hunting adventure was going to go they are in for an adventure. This book was just as nice as the 1st one. Exciting twists that I didn't see coming with a happy ending. The images are beautiful and both Skunk and Badger are great characters to read. Perfect for fans of Frog and Toad or anyone looking for a fun or light read. (Disclaimer: this is based on the ARC of the book which I won through goodreads.)

  8. 4 out of 5

    Brenda

    In this sequel to Skunk and Badger, Badger is once again hard at work with Important Rock Work when Skunk interrupts him to ask for money to get them a subscription to the Sunday New Yak Times. The paper houses Skunk's favorite section, the Book Review, something he hasn't been able to read in awhile because Mr. G. Hedgehog has been confiscating his paper all for himself, thinking it was a previous arrangement they'd made. To avoid having his paper taken yet again, Skunk suggests they go on a ro In this sequel to Skunk and Badger, Badger is once again hard at work with Important Rock Work when Skunk interrupts him to ask for money to get them a subscription to the Sunday New Yak Times. The paper houses Skunk's favorite section, the Book Review, something he hasn't been able to read in awhile because Mr. G. Hedgehog has been confiscating his paper all for himself, thinking it was a previous arrangement they'd made. To avoid having his paper taken yet again, Skunk suggests they go on a rock finding expedition, a little camping, picnicking and stargazing is just what they need. Badger sees their trip as a chance to replace his Spider Eye Agate, which was stolen by his treasure hungry cousin, Fisher. So the two pack their backpacks and head out to Badger's favorite campsite at Endless Lake. However, once at the lake they have a run in with Fisher, who is searching for valuable treasure and he vows that nothing will get in his way. I read the first book in this series back in September of last year and wasn't surprised to learn that it had won many awards. It's such a deserving book. It's been described as Winnie the Pooh meets Wind in the Willows, and it really does have these qualities. Egg Marks the Spot involves these two unlikely friends who go off on a camping adventure and along the way discover that friendship is more valuable than most other things in life. You can't help thinking of the Odd Couple when reading these books. Badger is kind of curmudgeonly, while Skunk is as energetic as ever. The differences in their personalities is amusing, but I love how they end up finding a lot of commonalities and respect each other as individuals. The whole scene of Skunk trudge, trudge, trudging up that hill with his big yellow backpack makes this a book to treasure. I also enjoyed how we're learning about Skunks life in the city prior to moving in with Badger and Badger's declaration to Fisher at the end about keeping his friends. Despite a little quirkiness involving a Jurassic period find and the conflict that arises, this has two adorable characters and lovely messaging with a focus on being kind. Although my E-ARC didn't have all the finished artwork, what was included was gorgeous, similar in style to the cover. I hope there will be many more adventures for Skunk and Badger. ** Thank you to Edelweiss+ and Algonquin Young Readers for my E-ARC. **

  9. 5 out of 5

    Melissa Chung

    I want to thank Algonquin YA for sending me the Arc of the sequel to Skunk and Badger, for an honest review. I absolutely adored the first book and was so excited to hear that a second book was in the works. 'Egg Marks the Spot' was just as wholesome and wonderful as the first. I recommend a thousand times and if I could give it more than 5 stars I would. Let's talk about the first book a bit first. Skunk and Badger is about two anthropomorphic friends that live in a Brownstone. When we first sta I want to thank Algonquin YA for sending me the Arc of the sequel to Skunk and Badger, for an honest review. I absolutely adored the first book and was so excited to hear that a second book was in the works. 'Egg Marks the Spot' was just as wholesome and wonderful as the first. I recommend a thousand times and if I could give it more than 5 stars I would. Let's talk about the first book a bit first. Skunk and Badger is about two anthropomorphic friends that live in a Brownstone. When we first start the story Badger lives there alone and does important rock work. He is a somewhat geologist. He studies whether or not a rock is a rock or a mineral. He focuses on rocks that are older than dinosaurs. He has been doing it since he was a wee badger. One day he has a visitor named Skunk. Skunk is to live with Badger, but Badger has never had a roommate before and isn't very nice. Throughout the book they (mostly badger) has to figure out how to live harmoniously together. There is also a fair bit of information on chickens (different types of chickens-there is close to 500 "fancy breeds" of chickens, according to Professor C.J. Nichol of the University of London, she wrote a book called The Behavioural Biology of Chickens) -this side note is not in the book, but I wanted to include it in the review if you are interested in chickens. The first book also goes over a lot of culinary dishes. Skunk loves cooking and reading. What I loved most about the first book is that they both have to learn to love each others differences. Also the ending was great. Badger grew to be a better "person" at the end. He had character development. Do you have to read 'Egg Marks the Spot' in order or can it be a stand alone? That might be a question you ask yourself. Well it is a great stand alone. However, I like to read books in order and you do find out all about Skunk in the first book. 'Egg Marks the Spot' was a great sequel. Some sequels don't measure up to its first born. However, I found this book to be a lot better than the first one. I love that Amy Timberlake adds so much onomatopoeia. It helps capture the environment of the story. You can "hear" whats going on. In this book Badger is doing IMPORTANT ROCK WORK in his rock room. Skunk interrupts and notices Badger's Rock Wall. On the rock wall there is an empty stand. On the stand is the letter A. Skunk finds out that at one point there was a Spider-Eye Agate, meant for that spot, but that his cousin stole it when they were young. Skunk feels bad for Badger and wants to help. He decides that they need to go on a rock expedition to find a new agate. There is a bit of camping in this book. How you are supposed to carry light things when going backpacking. I loved this part because my family is obsessed with backpacking and I could relate to the story. They head towards campsite #5 which is fun to say, but also something that my family and I do as well. Once you find a camping spot you like. You tend to continue going there. We had a favorite campsite in the Redwoods-Big Basin, but sadly it burned down in 2020. Another good thing about this book is that it references prejudices or unconscious bias. Skunk doesn't think any animal is bad, but Badger has a different opinion. He doesn't think you can trust Rats and that Mussles aren't strong enough to be apart of a moving company. It helps little readers hear about issues that we face in society, but in a way they understand. Lastly, I loooooved all the big vocabulary words. This isn't a long book at 149 pages. It's full of words that might be hard for a kid, but hopefully it gets their wheels turning. It makes them curious and makes them want to look the words up or ask a parent or teacher. According to Amazon this book is for grade level 2-5. The Lexile score for this book is 570L. For teachers and parents that are curious. I loved this book. I highly recommend. As a teacher, I'm definitely going to share it with my colleagues and hopefully get into our library too.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Alyson Stone

    Book: Egg Marks the Spot Author: Amy Timberlake Rating: 4 Out of 5 Stars I would like to thank the publisher, Algonquin Young Readers, for sending me an ARC. When I stated this, I couldn’t help but to feel good while reading. This is one of those books that just puts you in a good mood. It gave me a mixture of Winnie Pooh and The Wind in the Willows vibes. It’s a light hearted adventure story that can’t help but to put a smile on your face. I don’t have the first book and I am really thinking abou Book: Egg Marks the Spot Author: Amy Timberlake Rating: 4 Out of 5 Stars I would like to thank the publisher, Algonquin Young Readers, for sending me an ARC. When I stated this, I couldn’t help but to feel good while reading. This is one of those books that just puts you in a good mood. It gave me a mixture of Winnie Pooh and The Wind in the Willows vibes. It’s a light hearted adventure story that can’t help but to put a smile on your face. I don’t have the first book and I am really thinking about getting it to add to my classroom library. I may also be adding Egg Marks the Spot to my read aloud novels. Given everything that has been going on in the world this year, I really think a story like this will put a smile on my students’ face and I teach middle school. You just need a story like this to put you in a good mood and to just escape from the harsh realities of an unforgiving and dark world. I guess that what I’m getting at is books like this are bound to put you in a good mood and we need more books like this. I really enjoyed Skunk and Badger. Their friendship and everything they get into just makes me want more. We see right off that Badger is the more serious one, while Skunk just wants to seem to have a good time. At first, their friendship can come across as being a little odd and a little different. However, the more you get to know them and get some insight into them, the more you come to see just how much they work for each other. We see them bring out the good in each other and see them really come together and support each other without question. This deep friendship and bond that they have comes across very clearly. I know a lot of people kind of role their eyes at the friendships in a children’s books, but this one is solid. I will admit there were parts of the book where I thought the plot went a little off. While I did enjoy it, there were just certain elements that I found not enjoyable. The whole bit with the dinosaur egg just didn’t make sense to me. I personally could have done without it, but I can see a lot of kids really enjoying that little addition. I think I would have enjoyed it if I was a child. Still, as an adult reader, I did find the overall plot to be really strong and good. I just had a great time reading this book is what I am getting at. If you are in the mood for a book that is bound to put a smile on your face, then I highly encourage you to give this a go. This is just one of those books that will put you in a good mood and just make you feel good. This book comes out on September 14, 2021. Youtube: https://youtu.be/buIGn1UkH4I

  11. 5 out of 5

    Mehsi

    I received this book from the publisher in exchange of an honest review. I was so excited and hyped when I got the mail from the publisher to ask if I wanted to be part of this tour and read the book in advance. Of course I wanted that! The first book was such a treasure and so much fun! In this book a ton of things happen, but at the same time it also felt like a slice of life manga at points. And that is not a criticism, I don’t mind that at all, it gives some reprieve from all the adventures th I received this book from the publisher in exchange of an honest review. I was so excited and hyped when I got the mail from the publisher to ask if I wanted to be part of this tour and read the book in advance. Of course I wanted that! The first book was such a treasure and so much fun! In this book a ton of things happen, but at the same time it also felt like a slice of life manga at points. And that is not a criticism, I don’t mind that at all, it gives some reprieve from all the adventures that are coming later in the book. Skunk and Badger are still getting used to living together. Badger has moved all his rocks to the attic (after some drastic cleaning) and is settling in there. In the meantime Skunk is doing cooking and other fun house stuff. We see that there are still some struggles with a closed door. I was totally on Skunk’s side on this one, because if you always close the door, how are we supposed to know you are working there or if you are not in? Then there are the chickens that visit often and Badger is still not sure how he feels about those things. I really loved reading about these two and see how their friendship and bond becomes better as the book continues. With some arguments, but also lots of protecting and having a good time. I really loved their adventure (which kind of was a way for Skunk to get out of something that we read more about near the end) and loved seeing them find rocks for Badger’s rock collection, and then especially an Agate which Badger had but which was stolen… I had so much fun, especially when a chicken joined the group. Oh, and I laughed so much because Skunk was so stubborn about the backpack. XD The cave part and the rats and all that happened was just one rollercoaster and I just love love it. OK, sure, I am not a fan of feathers on THAT, but it was still fun and I giggled that it was possible for THAT to come in the story. I so so love the sound effects that we got aplenty in this book. I love those in comics/manga/graphic novel, so seeing them in a normal book makes me smile so much. I love reading about the pitpat of rain or the bock-bocks of chickens or the sounds that rocks make when thrown in the air and hitting the ground or the sounds that tools make when the animals use them. For me it made the story come to live even more. While I do appreciate that we got a villain in this book, namely Fisher a weasel and a family member of Badger who is just pure evil and doesn’t give a damn about anyone, I do would have liked that to have wrapped up a bit more nicely. Just like with the chickens and that which was in the caves. We do get a note at the end, but for me that felt more like an afterthought and it was a bit jarring how Badger/Skunk went back to normal just like that. Of course the art by Jon Klassen makes the book complete, I am a big fan of his work. His artstyle fits perfect with the Skunk and Badger series. All in all, a chicken, rock, fun book that I would recommend to all, and I hope that we get more adventures with these two, especially with the new additions of characters near the end. Review first posted at https://twirlingbookprincess.com/

  12. 4 out of 5

    Claire

    I think this was even better than the first one, because Skunk and Badger already have a friendship established, and now they can fight evil together. If evil is a cousin who steals your rocks! This installment in the delightful series features a mysterious egg, a surprising amount of science, and an even more surprising number of chickens. Skunk and Badger feel like two roommates who are best friends and also annoyed at each other all at the same time. Anyone who has ever packed for a road trip I think this was even better than the first one, because Skunk and Badger already have a friendship established, and now they can fight evil together. If evil is a cousin who steals your rocks! This installment in the delightful series features a mysterious egg, a surprising amount of science, and an even more surprising number of chickens. Skunk and Badger feel like two roommates who are best friends and also annoyed at each other all at the same time. Anyone who has ever packed for a road trip with their family will understand their struggles. And they're just so sweet together. I was completely tickled by the addition of one very tiny orange chicken, whose name we find out in this book. The illustrations are magnificent, just like in the first one, although I would definitely like more pictures of chickens. There was also a lot of onomatopoeia, which must be lots of fun to read aloud, but grew grating to me as a silent-in-my-own-head reader. This would make such an excellent readaloud. I can't wait to read the next one in the series. Thank you very much to Algonquin Publishers for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Deborah Ross

    I adored the introduction of Skunk and Badger, at first unwilling housemates, who become fast friends. Badger is a fussy, hyper-organized Important Rock Scientist who resents any interruption of his routine, while Skunk is expansively friendly, speaks to cryptic chickens, and cooks gourmet meals. Skunk’s one obsession is the New Yak Times Book Review. That’s really all a reader needs to know before embarking upon their next adventure: a camping trip. The trip proceeds along hilarious lines, with I adored the introduction of Skunk and Badger, at first unwilling housemates, who become fast friends. Badger is a fussy, hyper-organized Important Rock Scientist who resents any interruption of his routine, while Skunk is expansively friendly, speaks to cryptic chickens, and cooks gourmet meals. Skunk’s one obsession is the New Yak Times Book Review. That’s really all a reader needs to know before embarking upon their next adventure: a camping trip. The trip proceeds along hilarious lines, with Badger calculating the exact weight of every multi-purpose article in his neatly organized pack, and Skunk throwing in pots and pans, fresh produce, and other items on which usefulness he and Badger disagree profoundly. This, then, is the essence of their friendship: how the differences supply each other’s blind spots. Needless to say, the camping trip quickly takes several unexpected turns with an obnoxious bully from Badger’s past, an incredible find in a cave, the secret mission of chickens, a bivalve moving company, and much, much more. The characters are endearing, the action lively, the prose deliciously inventive, and the deeper themes of friendship, loyalty, and courage shine through. A splendid book for the whole family to read aloud!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Samantha

    Egg Marks the Spot tells the story of Skunk, who loves to cook and read, and Badger, a rock scientist. These unlikely roommates embark on an “X marks the spot adventure” that will help them both and uncover an amazing discovery. I didn’t know what to expect when I signed up for this blog tour especially since I did not read the first book in this series. This book can be read as a standalone, but if you are reading with children I would recommend starting with book one, Skunk and Badger. This wa Egg Marks the Spot tells the story of Skunk, who loves to cook and read, and Badger, a rock scientist. These unlikely roommates embark on an “X marks the spot adventure” that will help them both and uncover an amazing discovery. I didn’t know what to expect when I signed up for this blog tour especially since I did not read the first book in this series. This book can be read as a standalone, but if you are reading with children I would recommend starting with book one, Skunk and Badger. This was a fun read with a lot of lessons for children of all ages to learn. First is not to jump to conclusions and let others explain themselves. Second, is to be accepting of others. Third, try not to hold in your feelings or hold grudges. Finally, accept the help your friends offer you. Although an unlikely pair, I enjoyed skunk and badgers friendship along with their quirks. I plan to read the first book and continue with the series. Thank you Algonquin Young Readers and NetGalley for an advanced copy in exchange for my honest review.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Dee Dee (Dee Reads for Food)

    Thanks to the Publisher and Netgalley for providing this arc in exchange for an honest review. (full review at www.deereadsforfood.wordpress.com) To think that this wonderful adventure all started because of a missing book review and a lost agate (or if we're really thinking about it, it all started with an unwanted housemate). I'm so happy that I met these two characters, and I will miss them now that their adventures are over. Young readers will enjoy all of the drama and intrigue that this sec Thanks to the Publisher and Netgalley for providing this arc in exchange for an honest review. (full review at www.deereadsforfood.wordpress.com) To think that this wonderful adventure all started because of a missing book review and a lost agate (or if we're really thinking about it, it all started with an unwanted housemate). I'm so happy that I met these two characters, and I will miss them now that their adventures are over. Young readers will enjoy all of the drama and intrigue that this second installment provides and those who already love the dynamic that Skunk and Badger provide, will not be disappointed. There are chickens, there are rats and there is a bear! Plus, that Jurassic surprise is well worth it. Pick this one up.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Katherine Hayward Pérez

    As a child I enjoyed The Wind in the Willows. Skunk and Badger book 1 was good and I was waiting for book 2. When I got a review invitation email from Algonquin, I accepted it because I wanted to be part of the next installment of Skunk and Badger's adventures. Badger wants to collect more rocks and Skunk just wants a quiet Sunday. Let the adventures begin! As with book 1, I was looking forward to the antics and twists and turns of the book. The pacing is good. The illustrations are beautiful. T As a child I enjoyed The Wind in the Willows. Skunk and Badger book 1 was good and I was waiting for book 2. When I got a review invitation email from Algonquin, I accepted it because I wanted to be part of the next installment of Skunk and Badger's adventures. Badger wants to collect more rocks and Skunk just wants a quiet Sunday. Let the adventures begin! As with book 1, I was looking forward to the antics and twists and turns of the book. The pacing is good. The illustrations are beautiful. Thanks to Amy Timberlake, John Klassen and Algonquin Young Readers for my ARC in exchange for an honest and voluntary review. 4 stars.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Kristin Boldon

    Charming and silly, with a serious undertone and NEVER ENOUGH KLASSEN ART. Badger and Skunk make a great odd couple and ot was a delight to read about (ALAS NOT SEE) the Tiny Orange Hen again on their latest adventure. Advice: do not flip through, the major art spread is lovely and a HUGE SPOILER.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Bonnie Grover

    Thank you Libro.fm for sharing this fun book with me. My students loved Skunk and Badger and I cannot wait to add this to our collection. I love the tongue-in-cheek humor. A great story of friendship and humor.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Linda Crowder

    I read an Advance Reader Copy of this book and I enjoyed it very much, despite being a tad older than the target audience. I think adults will enjoy reading this one as much as their children. The book features charming characters in an exciting story. Caves, rats, dynamite and a hungry bear - what more could you ask for? Oh yes - a dinosaur egg fossilized in amber. The illustrations are top notch and contribute to the story without overshadowing it. In all, an enjoyable read with all the making I read an Advance Reader Copy of this book and I enjoyed it very much, despite being a tad older than the target audience. I think adults will enjoy reading this one as much as their children. The book features charming characters in an exciting story. Caves, rats, dynamite and a hungry bear - what more could you ask for? Oh yes - a dinosaur egg fossilized in amber. The illustrations are top notch and contribute to the story without overshadowing it. In all, an enjoyable read with all the makings of a classic.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    The second volume in the Skunk and Badger books returns readers to the characters they grew to love in the first book, but for me a bit of the magic is gone. The thing I liked best in the first book was the Odd Couple nature of the book, the way the characters fought but ultimately realized their mistakes and became friends. The push-pull of the relationship is gone in the second book. The first book set a very high bar, and though this is a fine story that will surely entertain young readers, i The second volume in the Skunk and Badger books returns readers to the characters they grew to love in the first book, but for me a bit of the magic is gone. The thing I liked best in the first book was the Odd Couple nature of the book, the way the characters fought but ultimately realized their mistakes and became friends. The push-pull of the relationship is gone in the second book. The first book set a very high bar, and though this is a fine story that will surely entertain young readers, it doesn't quite get there. That said, Timberlake adds new details to the world that are simply charming, like Skunk's devotion to the New Yak Times Book Review. Review from e-galley.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Roben

    Badger has a very special rock - an agate - that was stolen from him by a nasty, mean cousin when he was a much younger badger. Nostalgia for his purloined agate is interrupting Badger's Important Rock Work so - Skunk proposes a camping trip to find a replacement rock. Skunk has never been camping and his preparations are... a bit over the top. But camping does indeed happen. Along with adventures that include a cave, a dinosaur egg, the mean cousin, a few rats and some chickens. And maybe even Badger has a very special rock - an agate - that was stolen from him by a nasty, mean cousin when he was a much younger badger. Nostalgia for his purloined agate is interrupting Badger's Important Rock Work so - Skunk proposes a camping trip to find a replacement rock. Skunk has never been camping and his preparations are... a bit over the top. But camping does indeed happen. Along with adventures that include a cave, a dinosaur egg, the mean cousin, a few rats and some chickens. And maybe even a bear! Just as in the first story, important lessons are learned by both Skunk and Badger. I love these books and hope that Amy and Jon create many more in the series. I am extremely thankful to the publisher for an e-galley!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Cat

    I love this series, It reminds me of an older version of Cork and Fuzz or Frog and Toad or other cute animal buddy stories such as Wind in the Willows! Ithink all ages could appreciate and enjoy reading and sharing these books. Just charming! and the illustrations were just so nostalgic! Beautiful all around,. Well-written. I received a Kindle arc from Netgalley in exchange for a fair review.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Donald Scott

    (BLOG TOUR SPOTLIGHT!) 1st Line: "RAP-RAP." Prose (Story): When Skunk, seeking to get out of the house on Sunday because he knows his New Yak Times Book Review section will be stolen by a sticky-fingered hedgehog "friend," talks roommate Badger into a rock-finding expedition to replace the one-of-a-kind agate stolen years ago by Badger's cousin Fisher, the best buddies learn that Campsite #5 at Endless Lake holds a (literally) much bigger, older secret than they could ever imagine. One that will f (BLOG TOUR SPOTLIGHT!) 1st Line: "RAP-RAP." Prose (Story): When Skunk, seeking to get out of the house on Sunday because he knows his New Yak Times Book Review section will be stolen by a sticky-fingered hedgehog "friend," talks roommate Badger into a rock-finding expedition to replace the one-of-a-kind agate stolen years ago by Badger's cousin Fisher, the best buddies learn that Campsite #5 at Endless Lake holds a (literally) much bigger, older secret than they could ever imagine. One that will find the boys fighting to save a chicken friend ... and Badger confronting his old nemesis at last. Don's (Review): I was privileged to do a Blog Spotlight Tour for the first book in this "insta-classic" children's series, so jumped at the chance to do the same for the sequel. Though for me this one took a bit longer for the story to get going, from page one it was still brilliant to get back to the irascible Badger - who has only mildly chilled out in regards to his patience with Skunk, and his boisterous, wide-eyed and occasionally melodramtic friend and roommate. Author Timberlake obviously has so much love for both the boys, and expertly shows their growing friendship as the hike to Endless Lake has Badger watching out for his small friend and one gi-normous backpack, even as Skunk's made it clear that Badger must replace that agate and more forward with his rock collection (and rock work; there is always the rock work). It's sweet, funny and charming, watching the boys settle in at Campsite #5, but for me the story really came to life with the introduction of the "bad guy" - Badger's cousin Fisher. Fisher makes the Grinch look like Mary Poppins, even more so once we learn why Fisher has come to Endless Lake in the first place - and then it's all chickens and action and an amber wall holding a bit of treasure ... the boys finding themselves way in over their heads, but never backing down. Because best friends who have each other's backs never do. Timberlake builds up the action beautifully, escalating the tension and raising the stakes for our heroes - all aided by the timeless, elegant line drawings of illustrator Jon Klassen, which alone will remind adult readers of some of their favorite classics from childhood, such as Charlotte's Web or Winnie the Pooh. Things wrap up to a very satisfying conclusion here, by the end, with - yay! - the last-minute introduction of a couple new characters hinting at a third book coming down the road. Which is fine with me; I haven't loved a couple of classically mistmatched roommates this much since I watched reruns of "The Odd Couple" as a kid. Bring on book three! 4/5 stars NOTE: I received a free ARC of this title from NetGalley and the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Caitlin

    Egg Marks the Spot is the second book in the Skunk and Badger series, and it follows on directly from the first book in the series. Badger is doing his Important Rock Work and Skunk is cooking lunch and keeping in contact with the chickens. Badger and Skunk are still living in Aunt Lula’s brownstone, and Skunk’s latest interest is the book reviews in the New Yak Times. However, one of Skunk’s previous neighbours has come into town to visit and has made it known to Skunk that he wants to steal hi Egg Marks the Spot is the second book in the Skunk and Badger series, and it follows on directly from the first book in the series. Badger is doing his Important Rock Work and Skunk is cooking lunch and keeping in contact with the chickens. Badger and Skunk are still living in Aunt Lula’s brownstone, and Skunk’s latest interest is the book reviews in the New Yak Times. However, one of Skunk’s previous neighbours has come into town to visit and has made it known to Skunk that he wants to steal his pages of the Book Review pages, and Skunk cannot have this at all! He must leave for a holiday at once! He interrupts Badger in his rock room and tells him his plans when he notices that Badger doesn’t have a rock in the alphabetical position for ‘A’ and asks Badger the reason behind the missing rock. This leads into Badger reliving the tale of his cousin Fisher stealing his Agate rock and Skunk suggesting they go on a mission to find Badger a new Agate rock. The trip into the woods was such a fun way for these characters to have new experiences and find the new hidden Jurassic egg prize within the woods. The trip was vital for the aspect of friendship to really be highlighted. I loved the return of the chickens role within this series. I had a feeling they would return, but they way they returned just made me smile from ear to ear. The role of friendship and trust was just so beautiful to read as Badger continued to grow and Skunk also grew but in a completely different way. When I heard that there was another Skunk and Badger story, I just knew I had to read it ASAP. I absolutely loved the first book, and I couldn’t wait to read this, and I absolutely devoured it in 2 days. I know this is classified as a children’s book, but this series definitely is aimed at both children and adults combined. There are aspects that are important for children to read, but the pure joy is also a major reason I love these books so much, and will continue to support Timberlake with these books as long as she continues to write this series. In the first book, Badger had a major character development with how he communicates and deals with others. This is again the focus of this book, and Badger continues to have major character development, and I just love seeing this from him. He learns how sometimes its time to move on from previous experiences and learns to leave these experiences in the past. Both Badger and Skunk learn that communicating with others and speaking up for themselves is important to do when issues arise and are impacting themselves. Again, Klassen’s illustrations were absolutely beautiful, and I wished there were more scattered throughout the book. The line work was incredible and how in depth they were, especially when the characters were in the woods. I was constantly in awe of Klassen’s work. They just add a further aspect to the words that Timberlake uses in such beautiful prose. Thank you very much to the Algonquin Young Readers for providing me with a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review and allowing me to participate in the blog tour.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Christina

    I’ve never read a book as clever as this! Such a great story and message to the young kids! I was totally enthralled by this book. I took to heart both Badger and Skunk in very different ways, but they both clung to my spirit because I am a bit of both. Badger; the Type A, serious, matter of fact, organized planner is a Rock Scientist, and unbeknownst to him, will be embarking on an epic journey. Skunk; the free-spirited, book review reader, brilliant chef, procrastinator, and social butterfly i I’ve never read a book as clever as this! Such a great story and message to the young kids! I was totally enthralled by this book. I took to heart both Badger and Skunk in very different ways, but they both clung to my spirit because I am a bit of both. Badger; the Type A, serious, matter of fact, organized planner is a Rock Scientist, and unbeknownst to him, will be embarking on an epic journey. Skunk; the free-spirited, book review reader, brilliant chef, procrastinator, and social butterfly is Badger’s roommate. They are as opposites as opposites get, but are also two very supportive friends. This book will take you on a wild adventure, as you clamber through the days with Badger and Skunk, find yourself turned around in a cave, have you hooting and hollering with the rats and cats, and cheering on both Badger and Skunk as they both get out of their comfort zones. Some of the topics that stood out to me were: - Friendship - Opposites attract - Support - Bullying - Self-determination - Preparedness - Time management - Networking - Solidarity - Trust - Gratefulness - Sincerity - Conflict Resolution - Problem solving Very positive messaging, and I really enjoyed the scientific facts that I learned about rocks, chickens, and dinosaurs. I was also very amused at both Badger and Skunk’s personality; they both packed quite a punch. I enjoyed the way the author addressed bullying, and invoking the discomfort one feels when a bully is present. I hope that young kids who read this and may be a bully feels guilty and quits bullying people after reading this book. Or that a kid will read this and decide to step up the next time they see someone in a bully situation. I really appreciated the support Badger and Skunk played in each other’s lives although they were different. It allowed people to see how you can work together with someone who is different from you in look, background, or even smell. We all bring something to the table, and it’s important to support people who care about you, be there for them when they need it the most, give people space and grace, and fight the good fight for the oppressed. Different is good. Learn to work through adversity and challenges, and standing up for yourself. Highly recommend; middle grade - 5 stars. Definitely going to find and buy Skunk and Badger #1! Thank you to Algonquin Young Readers and Amy Timberlake for this book in exchange for a fair and honest opinion.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Brent Wiggins

    Thank you to Algonquin Young Readers for this review copy and good read! To see my full review, please visit my website: https://wigginswords.com/2021/09/14/e... “One minute everything is dark, and you are sure the worst possible end is coming. And then – suddenly! – a spot of blue sky.” – Amy Timberlake, Skunk and Badger #2 The desultory duo from North Twist return with their staple sense of comedy and camaraderie, this time on a rock-finding expedition. Badger, the austere geologist, is conductin Thank you to Algonquin Young Readers for this review copy and good read! To see my full review, please visit my website: https://wigginswords.com/2021/09/14/e... “One minute everything is dark, and you are sure the worst possible end is coming. And then – suddenly! – a spot of blue sky.” – Amy Timberlake, Skunk and Badger #2 The desultory duo from North Twist return with their staple sense of comedy and camaraderie, this time on a rock-finding expedition. Badger, the austere geologist, is conducting important rock work when Skunk, the goading happy-go-lucky chef, notices a rock missing from his Wall of Rocks: agate. Badger’s cousin, Fisher, a treasure dealer, purloined the rock that started Badger’s sedimentary hobby and career. In Egg Marks the Spot, Skunk and Badger seek to complete the collection before enjoying the Sunday New Yak Times Book Review over breakfast. With familiar and new faces, extended backstories, and a lesson or two met with mystery, the series continues to make strides for all ages. A year later and this sequel has not dulled the original’s rustic panache. It maintains the hyperbolic world of the animal kingdom Amy Timberlake and Jon Klassen have cleverly depicted. Throughout this tale, themes of greed and glory take precedent in subtle and solemn ways. Skunk overprepares, overpacks, and overwhelms Badger with his towering backpack in slapstick fashion. At one point, Badger worries so much that he forgoes nourishment from one of Skunk’s fantastic meals. Moments where actions speak louder than words and where words are measured twice and cut deeply are laudable. The only exception to this is perhaps in the exposition. It felt Skunk and Badger’s time in the woods was short-lived, despite the foretold danger of bears and the secrecy behind the chicken’s Quantum Leap powers, which has a bittersweet payoff. The pacing is convenient and simple, yet curious and expectant, but never cheap or forced. More unexpected turns as well as more background into Skunk’s personal history would have been welcome leading up to a promising albeit jam-packed ending.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Pine Reads Review

    “Ha! Perhaps another young badger will find it and also become an Important Rock Scientist.” The second adventure of Skunk and Badger is full of twists and turns that will leave you wanting more all the way until the very end. Skunk and Badger find themselves at a crossroads: Badger has lost a precious Spider Eye Agate, and Skunk has lost his special New Yak Times Book Review. Together they embark on an adventure of a lifetime. They get some help along the way with Mr. G Hedgehog, and face some s “Ha! Perhaps another young badger will find it and also become an Important Rock Scientist.” The second adventure of Skunk and Badger is full of twists and turns that will leave you wanting more all the way until the very end. Skunk and Badger find themselves at a crossroads: Badger has lost a precious Spider Eye Agate, and Skunk has lost his special New Yak Times Book Review. Together they embark on an adventure of a lifetime. They get some help along the way with Mr. G Hedgehog, and face some suspicious chickens as well. The lively and lucious illustrations from Jon Krassen accompany a tale of laughter and joy as we go along for the ride and find some friendship along the way. This book took me back to the days of Frog and Toad, and welcomed me into a world of hilarious and relatable characters. Skunk and Badger are good friends, but they are so different from one another that they resemble an innately human friendship. Throughout their journey I found myself laughing out loud as the onomatopoeias filled each page and each of the characters were interacting with one another. The witty banter and whip-smart characters had me smiling at every turn of the page. I felt like I was a part of the team as I went along for the ride of a lifetime with Skunk and Badger. This story is filled with honesty and humor that resonates with the trials and tribulations of friendship. It was real and whimsical at every turn. This is a story that will stand the test of time because of the heart that so clearly shines through. Egg Marks the Spot is full with a little friendship, and a lot of love to make you smile and remember the joys of going on an adventure. (Pine Reads Review would like to thank the publisher for providing us with an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Any quotes are taken from an advanced copy and may be subject to change upon final publication.) Follow us on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook @pinereadsreview and check out our website at www.pinereadsreview.com for reviews, author interviews, blogs, podcast episodes, and more!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Sascha

    While intruding, as Skunk frequently does, on Badger’s Important Rock Work, Skunk observes that Badger does not have an “A” rock in his display. This sends Badger back through his memories to when his cousin Fisher stole his agate, his beautiful Spider Eye agate, and never gave it back. Skunk decides that not having an “A” just won’t do and that they simply must go on a rock-finding expedition in Egg Marks the Spot, the most recent book in the Skunk and Badger series by Amy Timberlake (Author) a While intruding, as Skunk frequently does, on Badger’s Important Rock Work, Skunk observes that Badger does not have an “A” rock in his display. This sends Badger back through his memories to when his cousin Fisher stole his agate, his beautiful Spider Eye agate, and never gave it back. Skunk decides that not having an “A” just won’t do and that they simply must go on a rock-finding expedition in Egg Marks the Spot, the most recent book in the Skunk and Badger series by Amy Timberlake (Author) and Jon Klassen (Illustrator). I really liked last year’s Skunk and Badger (see my review) but Egg Marks the Spot was even more delightful and had me laughing, really laughing, at some of the dialogue and observations. Again we have that odd couple of Badger who is totally a type A and Skunk who is mostly a type B, except when it comes to the New Yak Times Book Review (can’t say I blame him!). It seems that Badger is slowly growing fond of Skunk (maybe because he cooks delicious meals!) and his entourage, especially little orange hen and appreciates Skunk’s efforts. Although intruding on Important Rock Work is never appreciated. While on their rock-finding expedition, Skunk and Badger have further adventures. City-born Skunk learns about the woods. They make an incredible discovery that leads to dangerous drama. And Badger realizes an important lesson. This may be a book written for children, but I loved it. Egg Marks the Spot comes with its own messages regarding good communication and the importance of friends. A truly enjoyable read. I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Tasha

    This second Skunk and Badger story returns us to the cozy world of rocks and chickens that the two unlikely friends have created together. Badger is enjoying exploring his rocks again, but the loss of his Spider Eye Agate as a youngster still saddens him. It was stolen by his cousin, Fisher, long ago. Meanwhile, Skunk is trying to stop fretting about the New Yak Times Book Review being stolen by Mr. G. Hedgehog, who seems to have discovered where Skunk is living now. Skunk and Badger set off on This second Skunk and Badger story returns us to the cozy world of rocks and chickens that the two unlikely friends have created together. Badger is enjoying exploring his rocks again, but the loss of his Spider Eye Agate as a youngster still saddens him. It was stolen by his cousin, Fisher, long ago. Meanwhile, Skunk is trying to stop fretting about the New Yak Times Book Review being stolen by Mr. G. Hedgehog, who seems to have discovered where Skunk is living now. Skunk and Badger set off on a camping trip to find a replacement agate. Complete with overfilled packs, lovely meals, firelight, dark adventures, and arch nemeses, this book is all one could ask for those who love these characters, and chickens! Timberlake is creating a series with a strong vintage vibe that feels like classic children’s literature. She uses a lot of humor, varying from near slapstick to subtle commentary. Along with the humor, she offers two characters with lots of heart, who care deeply for one another while still having their own passions and interests. There are so many lovely moments of connection, realization and great lunches. Add in a weaselly Fisher who has even bigger thievery plans, and this is a warm and rollicking look at a growing friendship. Klassen’s illustrations break up the text nicely for young readers, offering occasional full-page images in black and white. He captures seminal moments in the story, such as Skunk and Badger on their porch watching the rain fall down and the dark and brightness of a newly discovered cave. A winning second book in a great series for children that is perfect to share at bedtime. Appropriate for ages 6-9.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    Skunk and Badger are mismatched roommates. Badger is a serious rock scientist, and Skunk loves reading book reviews in the New Yak Times. When they decide to head out for a camping trip at Endless Lake, where Badger can look for a new spider-eye agate (his original was stolen by his slimy, shady cousin Fisher) and Skunk can avoid the disappointment of having his book review stolen by G. Hedgehog, adventure ensues. It involves a chicken, Fisher, and an unexpected egg. I wanted to like this better, Skunk and Badger are mismatched roommates. Badger is a serious rock scientist, and Skunk loves reading book reviews in the New Yak Times. When they decide to head out for a camping trip at Endless Lake, where Badger can look for a new spider-eye agate (his original was stolen by his slimy, shady cousin Fisher) and Skunk can avoid the disappointment of having his book review stolen by G. Hedgehog, adventure ensues. It involves a chicken, Fisher, and an unexpected egg. I wanted to like this better, because I usually like quirky, but I think the reader of the audiobook killed it for me. He read it with such a melodramatic, sing-song shoutiness that it drove me crazy. I might pick it up in print and see if it works better. That aside, I also did have issues with the worldbuilding. Was every animal a talking animal? If so, why did it seem that some were standard animals and some were more like people in animal clothes? What was the difference? If no difference, then why was that unclear? In any case, thanks to Libro.FM for a free educator's copy of the audiobook.

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