The Lovesick Skunk

By: Joe Hayes
Illustrator: Antonio Castro L.
Is it true that skunks fall in love? Joe Hayes is glad you asked.


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Kids love tall tales. Tales that stretch the truth almost as tall as Joe Hayes himself. Joe was delighted when kids laughed and hooted about his story about The Gum Chewing Rattler. They kept asking him, was that story really true?

Now Joe has written a new story about his early years in Arizona.

Joe, the kid, was a creature of habit. If he decided he liked to do something, he would do it over and over again. Like wear the same t-shirt until it nearly fell apart or use the same pencil until he'd sharpened it down to a nub. He also had a pair of black and white high-top sneakers that he loved to wear. He wore them every day.

"Get rid of those shoes," his mother told him one morning. "They smell terrible!" Did Joe listen? Of course not. That is, not until he met one lovelorn lady skunk, enamored with the one thing that smelled worse than her!

Joe Hayes is one of America's premier storytellers —a nationally recognized teller of tales —true and tall— from the Hispanic, Native American and Anglo cultures of the American Southwest. Watch Joe Hayes tell The Love Sick Skunk in this free, online video, part of the Joe Hayes Storytelling Collection.

2 reviews for The Lovesick Skunk

  1. Los Angeles Times
    Move over Pepé Le Pew: A pair of black-and-white high-top sneakers become the love interest of a skunk— much to the chagrin of the boy who’s wearing them.

  2. New Mexico Magazine
    Joe Hayes’s books are always delightful, perhaps because, as I read them, I can almost hear the warm, inviting voice of this professional raconteur… This story celebrates the best of childhood: playful adventures, best friends, and unlikely tales that parents just never understand.

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