For Bixby Alexander Tam (nicknamed Bat), life tends to be full of surprises—some of them good, some not so good. Today, though, is a good-surprise day. Bat’s mom, a veterinarian, has brought home a baby skunk, which she needs to take care of until she can hand him over to a wild-animal shelter.
But the minute Bat meets the kit, he knows they belong together. And he’s got one month to show his mom that a baby skunk might just make a pretty terrific pet.
This book is suitable for readers between 8 and 12 years of age.
The first book in a funny, heartfelt, and irresistible young middle grade series starring an unforgettable young boy on the autism spectrum, from acclaimed author Elana K. Arnold and with illustrations by Charles Santoso.
Elana K. Arnold grew up in Southern California, where she was lucky enough to have her own perfect pet—a gorgeous mare named Rainbow—and a family who let her read as many books as she wanted. She is the author of picture books, middle grade novels, and books for teens, including the National Book Award Finalist What Girls Are Made Of. She lives in Huntington Beach, California, with her husband, two children, and a menagerie of animals.
Charles Santoso has illustrated several picture books, including The Snurtch and I don’t Like Koala – both written by Sean Ferrell, Ida, Always – written By Caron Levis, Peanut Butter & Brains – written by Joe McGee and Spy Guy: The Not-So-Secret Agent – written by Jessica Young. He worked at Animal Logic as a concept artist/art director and was involved in various animated feature film and tv commercial Projects. He currently lives and works in Sydney, Australia.