a picture book; illustrations by Pierre Pratt. FSG/Frances Foster, Spring 2008

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 items most dogs enjoy.

As a result, Dumpling has no dog friends. With a useless nose, she can't relate.

She is lonely.

When her people move to the country, however, Dumpling finds her first friend – a skunk. She can't smell anything, so she doesn't care.

But the people try to force Dumpling to stay away from that "yucky stinky skunk" -- and the good dog has to choose between obedience and friendship.

Ridiculous, touching, and a little bit disgusting, Skunkdog will spark conversations and giggles.

Emily Jenkins and Pierre Pratt previously chronicled the doggy escapades of FudgeFudge and Marshmallow in That New Animal.

What People Say about Skunkdog:

"Children will instantly relate to the pup's skunk encounters and share stories of their own. Important themes of loneliness, tolerance, friendship, and family emerge from this funny story. It will enrich any storytime and linger long in the minds of young readers and listeners."  —School Library Journal, starred review

"This newest dog-driven story from Jenkins and Pratt proves again that author and illustrator are brilliantly simpatico...a touching tribute both to the hunger for connection and to the vitality of the human-dog bond...Dumpling's eager eyes, vigilant ears and sausagelike physique are like a valentine to all things doggie."  —Publishers Weekly, starred review