Skunk and Badger are back for a second adventure together and this time they find much more than they bargained for on a camping trip.
All is good at the brownstone home of Skunk and Badger, they have gotten used to living together at last. Badger has moved his Very Important Rock work into the attic and Skunk busies himself cooking gourmet meals in the kitchen.
When one of Skunk’s previous neighbours, G Hedgehog, arrives in town and makes it known that he wants to steal Skunk’s favourite Book Review pages from The New Yak Times, Skunk calls for an immediate camping trip to escape this terrible news. Badger is all for the trip away with hopes of finding the missing piece for his A-Z rock wall; an agate is needed to replace the one that his mean cousin Fisher stole several years earlier.
With one backpack precisely weighed and the other crammed full to bursting, the two head off to Endless Lake and Badger’s favourite camping spot, Campsite #5. But trouble is soon afoot with the arrival of treasure-hunting Fisher and the appearance of a tiny orange hen who has a secret that will reveal quite the Jurassic prize…
Beautifully written by Amy Timberlake and featuring Jon Klassen’s gorgeous artwork, including three sumptuous colour pages, the adventures of Skunk and Badger has all the best bits of Winnie the Pooh, The Wind in the Willows and The Adventures of Frog and Toad. Two unlikely friends, experiencing the world, overcoming challenges and learning the true value of friendship.
They say opposites attract and this is definitely the case for the two oddball friends who really have nothing in common and whose personalities could not be be more different. Serious and exact Badger, who weighs every single item before packing, is the perfect counterfoil to the life-loving and exuberant Skunk whose packing involves cramming as many heavy items from the kitchen into his yellow backpack as is physically possible.
The far from straight forward camping adventure is a great deal of fun but the real joy is found in the two mismatched mates who bicker like an old married couple. The dynamic duo, who cannot live with each other but at the same time cannot live without each other, effortlessly carry the story and are what make it so enjoyable - Skunk living his best life and embracing every single moment, Badger trying to maintain some sort of sense of order and calm in amongst the madness of it all.
Filled with gentle life lessons and exploring themes of friendship, changing relationships and those things that we hold dear, Eggs Marks the Spot is another wonderfully whimsical tale that deserves to be treasured, just like Badger treasures his rocks and Skunk treasures his time on a Sunday morning with the The New Yak Times Book Review. Best enjoyed with a hot mug of Skunk’s fire cocoa.
With huge thanks to Allen & Unwin for the copy I received in exchange for an honest review.
Recommended for 7+.