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The Adventures of Jimmy Skunk

(The Bedtime Story Books)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  382 ratings  ·  34 reviews
Introduce a new generation to Thornton Burgess'Jimmy Skunk, the good-natured character who is usually left alone because of his potent "perfume."

Like all of Thornton Burgess' characters, Jimmy Skunk's natural instincts are completely accurate, but his personality is easily relatable!

Jimmy Skunk thinks that the old barrel at the top of the hill will be a perfect place for a
Paperback, 128 pages
Published March 1st 2017 by Seagrass Press (first published 1918)
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Jon E
May 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jimmy Skunk threw some perfume in Reddy Fox's eyes. And Reddy Fox was wiping it because some even got in his eyes. And the words said "poor Reddy". Done. ...more
Jonathan Marshall
The Burgess Books

This is a phrase that brings a smile to my face as often as I hear it. As a young child, I would lose myself for hours in the simple world of the wood and pond inhabited by Little Joe Otter, Buster Bear, Grandfather Frog, and terrorized by Farmer Brown's Boy. I can remember the very shelf, even the exact spot in the little library in Felton, CA where these books were kept. I would return practically every week with a new armload to last me until our next trip to the library. Of
Jul 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Read this aloud to the kids but I think I enjoy these as much as they do (maybe more) :). I like these books because it presents habits of these animals in an easy to suggest manner without having to memorize facts.
Tena Mae Holmgren
Feb 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great read

Great read with my 4 year old son. My son is now obsessed with skunks. And keeps reminding me that they eat beetles and eggs
Grace Lynch
Dec 31, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed these fun short stories and would definitely recommend this book for kids!
my 7 yr old gave this a 5. I agree. I liked the way morals were told in an entertaining way. I bet my daughter didn't feel she was being moralized at because she wanted to hear the whole book. I've tried others that had a distinct 'moral' or 'value' and she hates it.(Books that go ... is thankful or ... learns to be honest. blah.

Burgess books are interesting entertaining and a good read. Hopefully the little lessons learned by the animals were also learned and put away in the back of my daughter
4 stars & 4/10 hearts. This is a particularly humorous Burgess book. Jimmy Skunk, Unc’ Billy Possum, & Peter Rabbit bring humour to almost every page. Definitely one of my favourite Burgess books. 

A Favourite Quote: “‘I really don't want to go back there tonight,’ he muttered, ‘but I guess I'll have to. I said I would, and so I'll have to do it. I believe in keeping my word. If I shouldn't and some day he should find it out, he wouldn't believe me the next time I happened to say I would do a thi
Apr 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
We are continuing to love these books. I think the appeal lies in a few things for the kids. They are funny, the illustrations are well-done, and the author does a great job of drawing us into the story and creating believable adventures for the animals that live in the Green Meadow, the Green Wood, and Smiling Pool.
I love the language, and how the stories tell moral lessons without getting preachy. It is woven into the story and, I think, situations that my kids can relate to. Highly recommend
Jul 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved reading allowed this book to my sons who are 3 and 5. Perfect for littles who love animals and parents who want good, quality literature to read to said littles! We are looking forward to reading lots more of these books!
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"I like it. My favorite part is when the skunk sprayed Reddy Fox. That part was the funniest."

~K, age 4
Mar 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of several Thornton W. Burgess books that I remember my dad reading to me and my sister when we were little. Loved them. Later read it on my own.
Apr 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: need-to-buy
This one is a really good one to read as a stand alone if you are only going to read one Burgess book. More action than normal and fun situations. We loved it. Need to buy a copy of this one.
Jul 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love the humor!
Nov 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reading-to-kya
Reading this to my daughter at bed time! Great life lessons and funny situations! Loved it!!
Paige Floyd
Jan 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love all the Thornton Animal books so much!
John Kenworthy
Dec 26, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: children everywhere
Recommended to John by: my father
Thornton Burgess books are guilty pleasures to be sure. I was a somewhat sickly child growing up - missing over a third of my first grade year due to bad ear infections. Like so many bedridden kids before me, I learned a love for reading and writing during those convalescent days. And much of my appreciation therein can be attributed directly to the works of Thornton Burgess. I remember with great fondness my father bringing me an armful of Burgess books from the corner library. They might have ...more
Shawn Thrasher
Aug 04, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Do kids still read Thornton W. Burgess? I still have my beloved childhood set, with a place of honor on a bookshelf at home. My father used to occasionally read a chapter or two aloud at night. I think I developed a love and appreciation of nature and animals from Burgess. Jimmy Skunk is a standard Burgess. A teensy bit preachy, but also cute and funny too. What's interesting about Burgess is that no one is purely good or bad - all the animals have shades of dark and light. In this book, Peter R ...more
Jan 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literature
The Thornton Burgess series in general is quite an endearing series of children's books, which do a fine job of being readable by young readers and having interesting plots and introducing young people to a variety of animals in a semi-anthropomorphized way. This particular entry, "The Adventures of Jimmy Skunk" is excellent, and it's a delightful read for a youngster, or for an older person who is willing to be a child again for the hour or so that it would take to read it. Strictly from a lite ...more
Jun 23, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: juvenile, audiobooks
This one focused much more on Peter Rabbit for the first plot, and more on Ol' Billy Possum for the second plot than it did on Jimmy Skunk. I would have liked to learn more about skunks, but maybe there just isn't much to learn: everyone knows they're mainly nocturnal, and they spray a horrible smell when threatened. But the charm of the characters was still there, and the good lessons for children (don't play practical jokes, karma, and don't lose your temper) were present as well. ...more
Shannon Smith
Sep 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really have no idea why, but Thornton Burgess books are just adored in my household. My 4 year old (who is easily distracted during read-alouds) is riveted by this author. We chose Jimmy Skunk after finishing up Blacky the Crow because it was $1.00 on Amazon (shipped Prime) and all the rest were $2-$3. The chapters are short and you learn a lot about the habits of the actual animals in the process of reading the narrative.
Jul 31, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
We read an absolute boat-load of Thornton Burgess's stories when our two children were little ... they absolutely loved these adventures. One of their favorites was this one about Jimmy Skunk. Thornton Burgess's tales are so sweetly written with enough misadventure to satisfy young appetites !! ...more
Oct 20, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Was overjoyed to find the books of Burgess at My favourite book as a child was The Adventures of Little Joe Otter, so it this was purely a nostalgic read/listen. This book was fun and full of hokey morals and great characters and silly situations. Great stuff.
Jessica Bartolomeo
Awesome book I loved it It was the best book I ever read!!!!!!!!!

Loved it..........just the best book ever, Jimmy skunk obviously was my favourite character,and I have a suggestion you should make a book called the adventures of Peter rabbit.
Dec 30, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great book to read aloud to kids! I like all the books in this series, but, this is my favourite.
Jul 29, 2009 added it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: br
Feb 27, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, childrens
A charming story or collection of stories - not really sure what to call it. My youngest (9yo at the time) absolutely loved it.
Jun 16, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love how the author puts in character lessons throughout the story of the animals. And how Farmer Brown's boy doesn't have a name, but he knows the animal's names. Hah! ...more
Denise Kuntz
Awesome childrens story,narrator does well!
Nov 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: homeschool-past
Great series by Burgess
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Thornton W. (Waldo) Burgess (1874-1965), American author, naturalist and conservationist, wrote popular children's stories including the Old Mother West Wind (1910) series. He would go on to write more than 100 books and thousands of short-stories during his lifetime.

Thornton Burgess loved the beauty of nature and its living creatures so much that he wrote about them for 50 years in books and his


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