Macmillan Childrens Publishing Group


A Picture Book

Emily Jenkins; Pictures by Pierre Pratt

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)



Dumpling is a dog of enormous enthusiasm, excellent obedience skills – and no sense of smell. She doesn't care about flowers, garbage, or any of the other smelly things most dogs enjoy. As a result, Dumpling has no dog friends. With a useless nose, she can't relate. Dumpling is lonely . . . until she and her people move to the country. And then the good dog has to choose between obedience and friendship – with a skunk!

Ridiculous, touching, and a little bit disgusting, Skunkdog, with its lively storytelling and comic pictures, will spark conversations and giggles.

CCBC Choice (Univ. of WI), School Library Best Books of the Year, School Library Journal Best Books of the Year, Parents' Choice Honor Books, Wyoming Buckaroo Book Award Master List (Wyoming Library Association), Wyoming Buckaroo Book Award Master List


Praise for Skunkdog

“Pierre Pratt's pictures of the befuddled, oblivious Dumpling are utterly endearing.” —The Wall Street Journal

“Children will instantly relate...Important themes of loneliness, tolerance, friendship, and family emerge from this funny story. It will enrich storytime and linger long in the minds of young readers and listeners.” —Starred, School Library Journal

“The relatively long story has a strong narrative voice with rich language . . Pratt's paintings use bold strokes and deep hues against the background of brilliant green grass, with blurry shadows adding a dreamlike quality to Dumpling's story.” —Kirkus Reviews

“The lessons about loneliness and the, well, dogged pursuit of companionship are charmingly realized without any heavy-handedness, and young listeners are sure to enjoy the humor in clueless Dumpling's smelly predicament.” —Booklist

“This newest dog-driven story from Jenkins and Pratt proves again that author and illustrator are brilliantly simpatico.” —Starred, Publishers Weekly

“Jenkins . . . spins the tale nicely.” —Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

Reviews from Goodreads

About the author

Emily Jenkins; Pictures by Pierre Pratt

EMILY JENKINS, who lives in Brooklyn, New York, and PIERRE PRATT, a Hans Christian Andersen Award nominee who lives in Montreal, Quebec, previously chronicled the doggy escapades of FudgeFudge and Marshmallow in That New Animal, a Boston GlobeHorn Book Award Honor Book and a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year.

Pierre Pratt

Emily Jenkins

Photo by Heather Weston

From the Publisher

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

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