Thursday, January 5, 2017

Book Blog Hop - A GREYHOUND, A GROUNDHOG by Emily Jenkins -- Review and #Giveaway

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An adorable picture book by an award-winning team with simple, lyrical prose, and charming illustrations, perfect for reading-aloud
over and over again! And, a fun book to use for Groundhog Day celebrations.

By Emily Jenkins, illustrated by Chris Appelhans
Schwartz & Wade Books / on sale January 3, 2017
ISBN 978-0-553-49805-9 / 32 pages / $17.99 / $23.99 Can. / Ages 3–7 / Ebook ISBN 978-0-553-49807-3 / $10.99

Reviewers are already praising the book, saying:

«“The text dances across the page, perfectly in sync with the watercolor pictures…
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, starred


"The youngest of readers will have rollicking fun with award winners Emily Jenkins and Chris Appelhans’s A GREYHOUND, A GROUNDHOG (Schwartz & Wade Books / on sale January 3, 2017 / Ages 3–7), a picture book poised to become a classic for this generation. The perfect read-aloud for the pre-reader and early reader sets this is the book for teachers and parents to use when introducing wordplay, and one that kids will want to hear over and over again.

A groundhog, a greyhound, a round little greyhound. A greyhound, a groundhog, 
a brown little groundhog.

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 each other. (Around, round hound. Around, greyhound.)

The pace picks up (Around and around and astound and astound), until they ultimately wear themselves out.

Featuring two adorable animal friends, charming art, and energetic and playful language, A GREYHOUND, A GROUNDHOG will keep kids captivated until the last page. This Jenkins/Appelhans collaboration is sure to be a favorite with children and parents alike, and is perfect for Groundhog Day and every day."


My Thoughts:

I am excited to share this cute new children's book with you by author Emily Jenkins and illustrator Chris Appelhans.  This is my first experience with these two people, but am happy this was the book that introduced me to this author and illustrator.

A Greyhound, A Groundhog is a fun book to read to your child, especially if they are beginner readers, as there is a lot of repetition in the text, making it easy for early and pre-readers to pick up on wordplay as you read through this heartwarming story about two unlikely but oh so adorable animal friends.  Not only is the story easy to follow along and enjoyed by children of all ages, but the illustrations which depict the animals and their surroundings through watercolor make for a beautiful addition to this children's book.  

My girls and I love reading this book and lingering on the pages to admire the amazing detail Chris Appelhans achieved through this watercolor illustrations. He really helped make the story come to live and you really got the feeling that these two friends were running around and around through the pages.  I found myself tiring at the end just looking at them run circles. :-)  I loved watching my girls smile and giggle as I read through the story the first time.  But, the best part was when I saw my 6.5 year old daughter, Savannah, pick up the book the next day and sit with her little sister, to read the book to her without my help.  A Greyhound, A Groundhog has become an instant hit in our house, especially at bedtime. And, I know that when you pick it up and share it with your child it will be a hit with your family, too.

I will definitely be keeping Emily Jenkins and Chris Appelhans on my radar for upcoming children's books, and will be visiting the bookstore to pick up some of their previous work.  They are both truly talented and it shows yet again in this new children's book release, that is a must have for family's in 2017.

About the Author and Illustrator...

Emily Jenkins has written many highly acclaimed books for children, including the picture book Toys Meet Snow, a New York Times Notable Children’s 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. She is also the author of A Fine Dessert, a New York Times Best Illustrated Book of the Year; Water in the Park, a Booklist Editors’ Choice and a Bulletin Blue Ribbon Book; and Lemonade in Winter, a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year. You can follow Emily on Twitter at @elockhart.

Chris Appelhans was selected as the Children’s Choice Illustrator of the Year at the Children’s Choice Book Awards for Sparky!, written by Jenny Offill. The book received two starred reviews, including one from Booklist declaring, “Appelhans is a revelation.” Chris has also worked on several films, as an illustrator and a production designer for Coraline, an environment designer for Fantastic Mr. Fox, and a visual development artist for The Princess and the Frog. You can follow Chris on Twitter at @dairysnake.



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Friday, December 23, 2016

Order Your Crab Pot Trees to Make Decorating Your Front Yard Next Christmas Easy as 1-2-3 + Save 30% Now! @crabpottrees #Christmas #Trees @usfg

Disclosure: I was sent a sample from the vendor in order to write up an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.

We are only 2 days away from Christmas, and people are already talking about Valentine's Day.  I, too, am having my email flooded with emails from PR reps talking about wonderful Valentine's Day gift ideas.  STOP!!! Can't we just enjoy the holidays a little longer.  It seems like as the years go by the holidays are rushed and before we can even enjoy them, stores and companies are already thinking about the next holiday.  Don't you agree?

I remember as a child, we would put the Christmas tree up on December 1st or the first weekend in December.  It wouldn't come down until mid January.  One of my favorite parts of the Christmas season is the tree with its beautiful lights and ornaments.  I love snuggling up with the family on the couch as we watch television, with the Christmas tree all lit up in the background. It is so relaxing.  

Next to the Christmas tree, I love driving around running errands and seeing all the Christmas lights people deck their houses and outdoor trees with.  It really makes the season more magical and fun to share with the family.  Do you still pile into the car and drive around with cocoa in hand enjoying the lights with your family?  I used to do this with my brothers and parents growing up, and now do the same with my two girls.  And, this year, they are old enough to help decorate the outside of our house, so that families like ours who drive around looking for lights will stop and enjoy.  :-)

I was excited to receive a 3 ft. pre-lit tree to add to our display from the kind folks at Crab Pot Christmas Trees yesterday.  The girls had no idea it was coming, and I loved seeing their eyes light up as I got the little tree ready for them to find the perfect spot in the front yard for it.  Once it was placed in the yard, and lit up, we all agreed that our outdoor lights for this year were complete.  :-)

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Forgot to Get Your Furry Friend a Christmas Gift? Send Them a Pet Gift Box for the New Year - Get 50% Off Now! @PetGiftBox

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With only 2 days left until Christmas you are probably going crazy wrapping all the gifts you bought, and realizing that you forgot people and pets on your shopping list?  Not to worry, there are always scratch tickets or gift cards to those people you forgot or couldn't find just the right gift for.  And, for your furry friends you forgot, look no further than Pet Giftbox.  

Our two dogs, Milly and Lily received this holiday box from Pet Giftbox today and loved it.  Check out the goodies they received in this monthly subscription box...

As you can see in the photo above they received a box full of toys and treats that will surely keep them busy this holiday season.  Milly was quick to grab the blue snack ball and wanted to try it out.  So, I filled it with a couple of the mini duck treats from Dog for Dog that was included in the box.

Our 14 year old Silky Terrier/Maltese mix, Lily, only has a couple teeth, so she only eats soft treats.  I was happy to see a peanut butter snack bar from Dog for Dog in the box, as I knew she would like it...and that she did.  She quickly grabbed the piece I gave her and headed to her pillow to enjoy...

I ended up putting the other toys that were included in this month's Pet Giftbox to add to their stockings this Christmas, as they were too busy enjoying the snack ball and peanut butter bar to pay attention to me showing off the other goodies from the box. :-)  

This was the first time we received a Pet Giftbox, but will not be our last. I was so impressed with the quality and assortment of the treats and toys that were sent for our rescue pups, and loved seeing them get excited for their new goodies.  Next month when they receive their next Pet Giftbox, it will feel like Christmas again for them. :-)

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