HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Book: Skunk-Guy, Skunk On The Run: A Severely Sinister Story
Author and Illustrator: Michael Wilhelm
Publisher: Lulu Publishing, 2010
Related website: http://www.skunk-guy.com (series)
Language level: 2
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Reading level: Ages 8-13
Rating: ***** 5 stars (EXCELLENT)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Wilhelm, Michael. Skunk-Guy, Skunk On The Run: A Severely Sinister Story (published in 2011 by Lulu Publishing). Have you ever heard the statement, “When the hunter becomes the prey”? Fourteen-year-old Norman Flinch has a new superpower of smell bestowed upon him as the result of an odd mowing accident involving a lost alien toy filled with space goo, so he becomes The Stinking Stalker, aka Skunk-Guy, who patrols the streets of Ft. Wayne, IN, at night to fight crime and reports on his efforts by calling WIFF radio host Rina Wells. But now The Stinking Stalker finds himself stalked by an unseen menace which has Skunk-Guy jumping at shadows. Someone, or something, is after him, but he doesn’t know who, where, or even why. Then suddenly a scheme is hatched to stop Skunk-Guy so that he will never prowl again.
Who is behind all this? Jumpin’ crud! Is it a new super-villain, or a secret government task force, or even something out of this world? And who are those little guys claiming to be from the government and asking everyone involved about The Stinking Stalker? The saga of Skunk-Guy, which began in Norman and The Stinking Space Goo and continued in The Sensational Slime Saga, though fictional and fantastic, does strangely enough have some basis in reality. Author Michael Wilhelm was terrified of skunks as a child. However, in junior high, he decided to face his fear and do a science report on the smelly creatures. As a result, he became fond of them and decided to create a character that would elevate the animals to epic proportions.
For several months, Skunk-Guy could be seen around town. One day on her way to the WOWO radio station, Carol Ford, the late night DJ at 11:00 pm, spotted Skunk-Guy on the street prowling around, and excitedly invited him to call her on the air to fill her, and the rest of the city, in on his latest escapades. He became a semi-regular from that point on. It was, at this time, that the formation of the Skunk Scouts occurred. On her birthday (she neglected to say which one) Carol Ford was sworn in, on the air, as the first official Skunk Scout. These events form the basis for the story in Skunk on the Run. There are a couple of common euphemisms (gee, heck), but nothing inappropriate for kids of all ages, especially those who enjoy humorous tales about superheroes, space aliens, and mysterious goings-on. Which leaves only one other question—will there be any more Skunk-Guy adventures?