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Children's Fiction Humorous Stories

The Imposter

illustrated by Kelly Collier

Initial publish date
Nov 2023
Humorous Stories, General, Mammals
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Nov 2023
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 4 to 8
  • Grade: p to 3


A laugh-out-loud tale about a skunk who longs for a family, perfect for fans of Gaston and Wolfie the Bunny.

Skunk wants to be a dog. EVERYONE loves dogs. And every dog seems to have exactly what he’s looking for: a home and a family.

When Skunk sees a “lost” poster for Max the dog, he wonders if he can pass himself off as the missing pet. He enlists the help of three neighborhood critters—a racoon, a cat, and a squirrel—who train him in the art of being a dog with hilarious results. But, uh-oh, there’s just one thing Skunk didn’t account for . . .

Will it prevent him from finding a home where he belongs?

  • Perfect for animal lovers.
  • Message of acceptance and found family, plus lots of humor.
  • A gateway graphic novel: speech bubbles and paneled art sprinkled throughout will prime visual literacy.

About the author

Kelly Collier has been drawing since she was little, and studied illustration in college. She is the author-illustrator of A Horse Named Steve, Team Steve and The Imposter, and the illustrator of Sloth and Squirrel in a Pickle and the Izzy series. She has an identical twin sister and an older brother. The idea for Steve the Horse came from a doodle she did to fill a small empty frame at home. Kelly lives in Toronto, Ontario, with her husband and daughter.

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Editorial Reviews

"Collier’s artwork blends cartoonish humor with moments of tenderness; this is a funny but sweetly told tale of found family." — Kirkus Reviews

"The sweet story of found families is thankfully given a little bite with the squirrel, cat, and racoon trio, who are all clearly living their best human-less lives. Digital illustrations cleverly balance full, saturated spreads with more focused vignettes, giving readers a sense of the comings and goings of the neighborhood while highlighting Skunk and pals’ shenanigans." — Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

"Collier delights readers with a tale about a skunk trying to find a family. Jovial digital illustrations, humorous facial expressions and dialogue add buoyancy to this tender tale." — Booklist

"With Collier’s playful yet adorable pictures to bring the characters to life, this book will find a home among animal lovers and humor fans alike." — School Library Journal

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