A Greyhound, A Groundhog by Emily JenkinsA Greyhound, A Groundhog by Emily Jenkins

A Greyhound, A Groundhog

byEmily JenkinsIllustratorChris Appelhans

Picture Books | January 3, 2017

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"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

From a heavyweight author and illustrator duo comes 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.

“Jenkins’s masterful text is deceptively simple.” —NPR on Toys Meet Snow by Emily Jenkins
“Appelhans, whose career up to now has been in animated films such as Coraline, is a revelation.”Booklist, Starred, on Sparky!, illustrated by Chris Appelhans
“Appelhans makes an auspicious picture book debut with strikingly beautiful watercolor and pencil illustrations. His style, reminiscent of Jon Klassen’s, incorporates a muted color palette, but with a slightly softer, rounder quality, while also weaving in visual deadpan humor.” —The Horn Book
Emily Jenkins has written many highly acclaimed books for children, including the picture book Toys Meet Snow, a New York Times Notable Book and a Wall Street Journal Best Children’s Book of the Year, and the popular, award-winning chapter books that feature the same beloved characters, Toys Go Out, Toy Dance Party, and Toys Come Home....
Title:A Greyhound, A GroundhogFormat:Picture BooksDimensions:32 pages, 9.31 × 11 × 0.35 inPublished:January 3, 2017Publisher:Random House Children's BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0553498053

ISBN - 13:9780553498059


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Delightful! A beautiful book. Wonderfully playful illustrations. Wonderfully playful word play. Find a group of little ones and read this aloud!
Date published: 2017-02-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from playful words, playful dogs, perfect story Friendship can be such a wonderful thing and friends can come in all shapes and sizes. This delightful picture book oozes fun and games and demands to be read aloud to get the full impact of its frivolity. It's truly friendship at its best. Both the reader and the listener will be entertained (and trust me out of breathe) when the simple words, as well as the action-packed illustrations, are blended together to make a perfect playtime experience. An energetic round greyhound meets a rolly-polly groundhog and together they romp and gallop together enjoying the creative spirit of play. As you read it aloud, the speed of the words (and the illustrations) increases until the two friends (and your tongue) are all topsy-turvy. “A groundhog, a greyhound, a round little greyhound. A greyhound, a groundhog, a brown little groundhog.” And so it continues, around and around, the greyhound chases his tail, then he chases the groundhog. Finally after much running and dashing they collapse in a heap on the ground and drift off, both exhausted from a very rigorous, exhilarating workout and both very happy. The words rhyme and weave around their free time encounter. The brilliant intervention of a kaleidoscope of butterflies slows the pace down - a beautiful pause of wonder - and then sets the stage for their well-earned snooze. The watercolour illustrations are masterfully done to portray non-stop action and because of the white background it's only the characters and their movement that are portrayed. Chris Appelhans has captured spot on the joyous act of motion plus comradery. "A Greyhound, a Groundhog" will not disappoint... it is simply magical and I know read over again many times. I highly recommend this book.
Date published: 2017-01-13

Editorial Reviews

"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 TimesA “merry read-aloud.” –The Wall Street Journal"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, 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." — Publishers Weekly, starred review"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"Appelhans's watercolor illustrations are both adorable and artful, and the fluid style beautifully complements Jenkins's story of unlikely friendship, joyful rambunctiousness and wordplay." — Shelf Awareness, starred review"This unusual duo will make a heartwarming addition to any read-aloud collection." — Booklist, starred review