Bound To Stay Bound

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 Something stinks!
 Author: Fenske, Jonathan

 Publisher:  Penguin Workshop (2021)

 Classification: Easy
 Physical Description: [28] p., col. ill., 23 cm

 BTSB No: 331054 ISBN: 9781524793104
 Ages: 4-8 Grades: K-3

 Skunks -- Fiction
 Humorous fiction
 Odors -- Fiction

Price: $19.08

An awful stink is invading the nostrils of this furry protagonist, a clueless skunk. Skunk is ready to sniff out the source of the stench, but where could it be coming from?

   Kirkus Reviews (05/15/21)
   Booklist (06/01/21)
 The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/05/21)

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Booklist - 06/01/2021 Pulling legs, if not fingers, Fenske portrays a clueless skunk of indeterminate gender who volunteers to track down the source of an awful but elusive smell and so sets out—trailing a noxious-looking brown cloud behind. Having engaged in some vivid comparisons (“It is stinkier than a rotten tuna and onion sandwich.” “Stinky!” a delighted-looking fly comments helpfully) and then invited readers first to lean in for a smell check (“Nope, it’s not you”) and then to point, if they can, to the fume's source (“I DON’T UNDERSTAND WHAT YOU’RE TRYING TO TELL ME!”), Skunk at last waves a white flag and jets off, shrugging, “I guess we’ll never know.” The fact that Skunk’s stench is actually a natural defense rather than a familiar digestive by-product will likely be lost on younger audiences, but as an expansion on the theme of “He (or she) who smelt it, dealt it,” it will unfailingly elicit gusts of giggles. - Copyright 2021 Booklist.

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