I was going to save this post until Groundhog Day, but I couldn’t wait that long. A Greyhound, A Groundhog, by Emily Jenkins and Chris Appelhans—this playful tongue twister holds such energy that you want to read it again and again, because it’s a delightful challenge. A delightful dance of wonderful words and whispered watercolours.

The story follows the concept of a greyhound and a groundhog meeting and playing together. Their leaps and bounds through at first a sparse landscape and alongside simple text quickly become a lively romp and whirl through curving sentences and beautiful shades of purples and pinks, oranges and blues. With each turn of the page your own enthusiasm escalates. You’re quite literally out of breath come the end of story time.

Jenkins honours Krauss’ classic, A Very Special House. I wasn’t familiar with this book, but I found a video of it online and now recognise parallels between the two spirited stories—their joy, the thrill you feel when reading, the repetition in text and lyrical nature. A Greyhound, A Groundhog spins you around and around and around and around with its rolling sound, illustrations that astound, it leaves readers spellbound.

  • Published by Schwartz & Wade Books
  • 4-8 years
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