|Groundhog's runaway shadow
Author: Biedrzycki, David
Little Phil Groundhog and his shadow do everything together, but when they grow up the more adventurous shadow wants to travel, so he leaves--but neither is happy, so Phil goes searching for his friend.
|Accelerated Reader Information:
Interest Level: LG
Reading Level: 2.70
Points: .5 Quiz: 186698
Kirkus Reviews (10/01/16)
School Library Journal (12/01/16)
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School Library Journal - 12/01/2016 PreS-Gr 2—As Phil the groundhog matures, he has less and less appreciation for his shadow. Once a welcome companion who helped Phil through the tricky parts of growing up, Shadow wants different things, and as adults, the two go their own ways. Shadow is eager to have adventures, and Phil loves his ever more placid life. Their time apart affords them each a new perspective, and their reunion (after a frantic search) is no surprise; friends need each other. Those who have outgrown a friendship will recognize themselves in the characters. Older readers might even see a bit of the typical re-creation of self that occurs in adolescence. Biedrzycki's soft-edged digital drawings of goofy animals alternate between full-page spreads and episodic comic panels that help convey the passage of time and change in setting. VERDICT A fun read-aloud with a subtle life lesson for Groundhog Day and beyond.—Lisa Lehmuller, Paul Cuffee Maritime Charter School, Providence - Copyright 2016 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.