Written and Illustrated by: Paul Schmid
Published by: HarperCollins
Published on: January 25, 2011
Kids love things just because. Not because they are practical, or fit in with their family, or there is space for them. Just because.
For her birthday, my daughter was convinced she was going to get a sheep. That's what she wanted, not a stuffed sheep, but a real live sheep. I'm afraid this was my fault, I've been reading her Ten Wishing Stars, Sheep in a Jeep and Marvin Wanted More! and other books featuring super-cute sheep. I'm afraid her vision of sheep was a little unrealistic. We brought her to a nearby farm and she saw the sheep. She ran from the sheep. She couldn't even touch the sheep. But in the car on the way home all she talked about was those sheep.
|Escaping from scary sheep|
As her parents point out, however, skunks stink. Not even this deters little Petunia, and she sets out to find out for herself.
My kids love this book. Any book that includes the word Stink is going to jump the favourites queue anyway, but if you add in the adorableness of Petunia, the skunk, and the porcupine who makes a cameo appearance you have a winner.
I love the limited palette and the control with which Schmid draws expressions. It's never too much, always just right.
Of course, that porcupine now has her own book so we have to order Hugs from Pearl. Oh, how horrible would it be to love hugs but be a porcupine!
Paul Schmid joins our family favourite illustrators like Matthew Forsythe and Isabelle Arsenault in making adorable books we will buy no matter what the subject.