With illustrations that nearly burst from the page, Would You Invite a Skunk to Your Wedding? is the story of little Louie Phewie, a young skunk who is a ring bearer with a problem. You see, Louie is a bit anxious, and when he gets nervous he loses control of his sprayer. Being ring bearer can certainly be stressful, and Louie’s reaction will provide the guests with an unforgettable experience.
Author Ginger Pate tells a simple story of a wedding plagued by misadventure. It is a gentle story — there is no conflict, no villains — and it ends happily. The main character, Louie Phewie, provides plenty of drama, but then what’s a wedding without drama?
Would You Invite a Skunk to Your Wedding? is wonderfully illustrated by Maribeth Blonski in vivid splashes of color. The woodland creatures that populate its pages are made to look so soft and fluffy, readers can almost feel them. Their faces convincingly express a range of emotions, and Blonski has done a particularly good job with Louie Phewie, whose expressions, on close inspection, perfectly mimic those of a pre-school age child.
This is Ginger Pate’s first published children’s book. She formerly taught elementary school in the northeast. In Would You Invite a Skunk to Your Wedding?, she delivers positive messages such as things may go wrong, but that doesn’t mean everything is ruined; friends are friends, warts (sprayers) and all; and the ever-popular can-do.
As I study the delightful illustrations throughout Would You Invite a Skunk to Your Wedding?, I am struck by what a lovely nursery or playroom Blonski’s forest setting would make. She is a freelance graphic designer and illustrator and this is her fourth book for Greene Bark Press (the others are Story of the Christmas Bear, Queen of the Kisses, and Queen of the Kisses Meets Sam Under the Soup Pot). I am interested in seeing more of her work; it has such a joyful quality.
Would You Invite a Skunk to Your Wedding? is recommended for children aged three through six. It makes a nice addition to a pre-schooler’s library. Young children will enjoy the simple story and lively illustrations.
Bottom Line: Would I buy Would You Invite a Skunk to Your Wedding? Yes, for a young child.