A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Lots of geology facts about rocks, the environment, and history.
Be a true friend, even when it means letting someone leave. Use your brain and your heart to solve problems, and be sure to focus.
Positive Role Models
Skunk and Badger are kind to each other and their friends, and accept each other's quirks.
Violence & Scariness
Some mild danger but it creates tension in the story, not fear.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Egg Marks the Spot, the second wonderful book in the Skunk and Badger series from Amy Timberlake and Jon Klassen, is a twisting adventure full of whimsy and heart, with plenty of surprises for the quirky friends. There's a lot of geology information tucked into the conversations between the animals, which pairs interesting facts with funny, well-written dialogue. There are some lovely themes about the value of friendship and the ways that relationships change over time, and how to think about mementos and the reasons we keep things.
Is It Any Good?
Jon Klassen packs such emotion into a raised eyebrow or a small smile that readers can feel the outsized impact of author Amy Timberlake's witty, intelligent dialogue between friends. Egg Marks the Spot focuses on friendship while centering the adventure and antics the zany cast of characters dives into. There's a ton of information about rocks and geology, but it never feels overwhelming because it's simply Badger's hobby, his Important Rock Work. The characters on the pages reflect the ways many friends and families interact: with a mixture of love and animosity and outrage and bemusement and exasperation and support, often simultaneously. The story moves at a fast pace, engaging more advanced readers to race through the story and pulling emerging readers into the plot.
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