Thursday, January 5, 2017

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

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

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.



Thanks to the publisher, one lucky Inspired by Savannah reader will win a copy of this book to share with that special child in their life.  To enter, please complete the entries on the Rafflecopter form below.  Good luck!
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Disclosure: I was sent a review copy from the vendor in order to write up an honest review.  All views shared are mine and mine alone.

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