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 Punk skunks
 Author: Shaskan, Trisha Speed

 Illustrator: Shaskan, Stephen

 Publisher:  Harper
 Pub Year: 2016

 Classification: Easy
 Physical Description: [34] p., col. ill., 26 cm.

 BTSB No: 808714 ISBN: 9780062363961
 Ages: 4-8 Grades: K-3

 Subjects:
 Skunks -- Fiction
 Friendship -- Fiction

Price: $20.71

Summary:
Kit and Buzz are BSFs--Best Skunks Forever. But when Kit wants to sing a song about skating and Buzz wants to sing a song about painting, the BSFs get in a HUGE fight! Will Kit and Buzz find a way to make up?

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: LG
   Reading Level: 1.90
   Points: .5   Quiz: 189067

Reviews:
   Kirkus Reviews (11/15/15)
   School Library Journal (01/01/16)
   Booklist (01/01/16)

Full Text Reviews:

Booklist - 01/01/2016 Punk-rock skunks Kit and Buzz are BSFs—best skunks forever. They meet up every day to cruise the neighborhood—candy-­stripe-haired Kit on her skateboard and Buzz on his bike, acid-green mohawk stabbing the breeze. They check out the local music shop, play on the playground, and, most important, rock out. Kit pounds the drums (“Crash! Bam! Boom!”), while Buzz wails on his guitar (“Wahh! Wahh! Ren!”) under the watchful eyes of the Ratmoans and DescendAnts, whose posters plaster the walls. But when a massive fight breaks out during band practice, the BSFs’ friendship looks like it might be kaput. After a few lackluster attempts at rocking solo, both skunks pack up their instruments. Later, when Buzz runs into Kit, they decide to give things another shot and live to rock another day. The alternative setting keeps this story of friendship and reconciliation fresh. Though kids won’t get the punk-rock references, they’ll love viewing the bright, cartoonish illustrations and seeing characters that don’t run with the typical playground crowd. - Copyright 2016 Booklist.

School Library Journal - 01/01/2016 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.—Natalie Braham, Denver Public Library - Copyright 2016 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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