A Greyhound, A Groundhog


Penguin Random House/Schwartz & Wade, Jan 2017.  Illustrated by Chris Appelhans

A delicious tongue twister of a picture book that features a little round greyhound and a little round groundhog. With very spare, incredibly lively language, this is an entertaining read-aloud, with two amazing—and oh-so-adorable—characters at its heart.

When a greyhound meets a groundhog, wordplay and crazy antics ensue. The two animals, much like kids, work themselves into a frenzy as they whirl around and around one another. (Around, round hound. Around, groundhog!) The pace picks up (Around and around and astound and astound!), until they ultimately wear themselves out. 

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What People Say about A Greyhound, A Groundhog:

 "But what Emily Jenkins and Chris Appelhans’ lyrical collaboration is really about is the intoxicating thrill of friendship, and boundless joy of play..." –The New York Times

A “merry read-aloud.” –The Wall Street Journal

A limited gray and brown watercolor palette—and an equally limited selection of consonant and vowel sounds—characterize this phonologically clever, fundamentally joyful, and subtly unified picture book...A lovely, lyrical paean to the natural order, with an element of wonder and grace. Perfect for one-on-one and group sharing.
— School Library Journal  (starred review) 

Dedicated to picture book icon Ruth Krauss, this elegant pas de deux between two unlikely creatures recalls the sense of uninhibited play that Krauss brought to her own work...their adventure celebrates the sounds of words, the lure of rhythm, and the joy of movement.
Publishers Weekly  (starred review)

This delightful story is a feast for the eyes and ears, and it will hold up well to repeated demands from eager young listeners.
— Kirkus Reviews