Sydney the Skunk is conent to stay in holed up in their burrow, but his best friend, Taylor the Hedgehog, has other, more adventurous plans. This is an absolutely charming tale of how best friends can inspire us to do big, exciting things and are there to comfort us when our big plans don't turn out as expected. Hocking's spirited illustrations add to the delight of this story, and have me seriously considering a jaunty scarf trend in the Fall.— From Michelle's Picks
Best-selling author Jacqueline Davies tells the story of two unlikely friends: Sydney and Taylor, a skunk and a hedgehog who strike out to discover the great unknown, despite how afraid they are of it. Charming illustrations and a laugh-out-loud story make this chapter book perfect for fans of the Mercy Watson and Owl Diaries series.Sydney is a skunk and Taylor is a hedgehog, but no matter how odd the pairing may seem, their friendship comes naturally. They live happily in their cozy burrow . . . until the day Taylor gets his Big Idea to go see the Whole Wide World. From mountains taller than a hundred hedgehogs, valleys wider than a thousand skunks, to the dangers that lie in the human world, Sydney and Taylor wanted to see it all. With a map and a dream, they bravely set off, soon discovering that the world is much bigger than they realized.
About the Author
Jacqueline Davies is the talented writer of several novels and picture books, including The Lemonade War series, the Sydney & Taylor series, and The Boy Who Drew Birds. Ms. Davies lives in Needham, Massachusetts, with her family.
Deborah Hocking has illustrated many children’s books including Build, Beaver, Build! Life at the Longest Beaver Dam, The Great Henry Hopendower, and Max Explains Everything: Grocery Store Expert. When she’s not drawing, you can find her taking her sweet spotted pup for a hike, renovating her 100-year-old cottage, or exploring the beautiful Pacific Northwest. She lives in Portland, Oregon.
★ “With a nod to The Wind in the Willows… Davies sends an odd-couple pair of animal burrow mates out to explore the “whole wide world.”—Booklist, STARRED review "An enduring friendship wins the day in this chapter-book adventure."—Kirkus —