A Greyhound, a Groundhog
What do a greyhound and a groundhog have in common? Absolutely nothing except their names are both fun words to play with, and play with them mightily does author Emily Jenkins. She rhymes and twirls and twists the words around each other and adds more rhyming words and playful words to make a rollicking text. Then illustrator Chris Appelhans not only adds illustrations to this fun text but whirls and swirls the words around the illustrations to suggest movement and makes the text part of the illustrations. The greyhound and the groundhog, the unlikeliest of friends, spend time together romping through a meadow, finding fun in simple things such as a hollow log and a flock of butterflies. This is a book that absolutely begs to be read aloud and will become a favorite of the younger set because of the spectacular wordplay and message of the unmitigated joy to be found in friendship and play. The book ends with the two friends happily asleep after their time of playful fun. This book will be a welcome read-aloud for parents and teachers and will elicit cries of “Read it again!” from little ones.
Schwartz & Wade
Emily Jenkins • Chris Appelhans, Illustrator