The children’s book Where Is Smelly Ann Skunk” is a collaboration of two long-time Minnesota friends, Chris Thillen of Minneapolis and Janet Hill of Duluth. It’s a child-sized mystery with a kind-hearted cast of characters from the north woods of Minnesota. We hope your child will enjoy Chris’s whimsical tale and Janet’s detail-filled illustrations. 

Here’s some feedback from happy readers:

"This is my favorite book."  -- Will, aged 6, Minneapolis

"What a cute story about friendship, teamwork, and motherly love. Such enchanting illustrations! The best children’s books, I think, are the ones that have new things to see and talk about with each reading – and this book doesn’t disappoint. From the first page, I was already smitten by the chorus frogs, with their hats and microphone and happy faces. And the bee relaxing in the crook of a tree. Every detail is so lovely and so charming! (Wouldn’t it be fun to have twig tea and sumac juice with one’s acorn pie?) This book will be treasured by children -- and their adults -- for many years to come!"  -- David ( reviewer)

"Our niece (who teaches kindergarten in Sydney) LOVED the book!"  -- Sally G., Ann Arbor, MI

“My two-year-old grandson chimes in with lines from the story when I read it to him, and he knows what a moose is now.” – proud grandma from Minneapolis


You'll find Where Is Smelly Ann Skunk? at these independent bookstores (or ask your local bookstore to order it):

Magers and Quinn in Minneapolis

Red Balloon in St. Paul

Subtext Books in St. Paul

Zenith Books in Duluth

The book is also available at select gift shops: Two Loons in Duluth, Jaques Art Center in Aitkin, MN, and The Art Shoppe at Midtown Global Market, Minneapolis

To order the book online, go to (Books are available through and, but to get the high-quality version with dust cover and illustrated endpapers - -- for the same price -- order through the Etsy link here. You can also request signed copies at this Etsy link.)


Here are some of our favorite pics of kids reading about Smelly Ann Skunk (and a few adult fans, too):

Smelly Ann Skunk even made it to Australia!

This little guy has great taste


Daughter reading to her dear old Dad

Here are a few of Smelly Ann's adorable friends from Wisconsin:

ISBN 978-1-7331098-0-2

Retail price:  $18.95

If you would like us to post a picture of your little reader, please send one to us at We'd love to hear from you, picture or not!

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