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Skunked!: Calpurnia Tate, Girl Vet, Book 1

By Mary Eisenhart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Laughs, science in new Callie series for younger readers.

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It's crazier than a pair of baby skunks in a one-room schoolhouse as Jacqueline Kelly brings Newbery Honor-winning heroine Calpurnia Tate to the early-reader set in a heartwarming, hilarious tale. Skunked! brings plenty of laughs and some age-appropriate science to the story of foundlings Stinky and Winky, their kindhearted 11-year-old rescuer Travis, and smart, spirited Callie, who has to do a lot of creative thinking and talking to keep them all out of trouble. Parental heads up: Callie's grandfather helpfully provides a recipe for a de-skunking concoction that will explode if kept in a jar.

It's a fun read, about the equivalent length of a single chapter in the middle-grade books. Plentiful illustrations add to the fun.

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