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|Greyhound, a groundhog|
Author: Jenkins, Emily
A tongue twister featuring a little round greyhound and a little round groundhog who work themselves into a frenzy as they whirl around and around one another.
Kirkus Reviews (+) (10/01/16)
School Library Journal (+) (11/01/16)
Booklist (+) (11/15/16)
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (01/17)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 11/01/2016 PreS-Gr 2—In a picture book that demands to be read aloud, a greyhound and a groundhog spin in visual and verbal circles. A limited gray and brown watercolor palette—and an equally limited selection of consonant and vowel sounds—characterize this phonologically clever, fundamentally joyful, and subtly unified picture book. Words, text, and creatures begin in simple lines (the words "A hound. A round hound" are printed in a straight line above a sleeping greyhound on the first page), but all three increasingly start to rotate (the sentence, "The ground and a hog and some grey and a dog" later curves around the page, accompanied by a whirling, tongue-lolling canine). Just as readers grow accustomed to the muted colors and tongue twisters ("Around, round hound/Around, groundhog!"), both begin to change: "around and around" becomes "and astound" as the greyhound—fully facing readers for the first time—notices one butterfly, and then more, come into the visual field, bringing with them the latent pinks, blues, and purples that an observant viewer will have seen hiding in the grays all along. The butterflies soon fly off the edge of the page, but the amazement lingers as the eponymous animals, finally worn out, settle in for a nap…accompanied by newly restraightened, resimplified text. VERDICT A lovely, lyrical paean to the natural order, with an element of wonder and grace. Perfect for one-on-one and group sharing.—Jill Ratzan, Congregation Kol Emet, Yardley, PA - Copyright 2016 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Bulletin for the Center... - 01/01/2017 Playful tongue-twisting text cues the action when a greyhound (“a round little greyhound”-or is it “a grey little round hound”?) meets a groundhog (“a found little roundhog” or “a brown little groundhog”). They take off in circular chase (“Around and around and around and around”) until they flush a flock of butterflies and gallop off in pursuit across a bog and into happy collapse. While the end isn’t quite as clever as the frenzied windup, the chiasmic wordplay is smart and entertaining while still being pitched appropriately to young listeners. The watercolor illustrations have the fluid movement of Meilo So’s animals with a touch of Chris Raschka’s jubilant anarchy, moving easily from still geometry to kinetic free-for-all. The word and animal antics will be a hit with kids who relished Gravett’s Orange Pear Apple Bear (BCCB 6/07). DS - Copyright 2017 The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois.
Booklist - 11/15/2016 *Starred Review* With impressive economy of language, Jenkins (Toys Meet Snow, 2015) crafts an energetic, guileless story about the camaraderie between a greyhound and a groundhog. Much as Emily Gravett did in Orange Pear Apple Bear (2007), Jenkins uses a handful of words (round, ground, hog, dog) that she combines, splices, and rearranges on each page. On one spread, the groundhog watches as the greyhound chases its tail in a circle: “A groundhog, a greyhound, / a grey little / round hound.” This repetition is ideal for young readers and listeners, who will also be swept up by the abundant wordplay. As the two start to run in gleeful, dizzying circles, the text becomes jumbled into nonsensical phrases that pleasurably trip off the tongue. Words arc and swoop over the pages, mimicking the animals’ antics, until an awe-inspiring moment stops them in their tracks. This simple story is elevated by Appelhans’ watercolor-and-pencil illustrations, which capture the dog and hog’s joie de vivre with dynamic streaks and swooshes. In moments of stillness, readers can appreciate the greyhound’s graceful lines and dappled, opaline coat, or the coconut-shaped groundhog’s cheery grin. This unusual duo will make a heartwarming addition to any read-aloud collection. - Copyright 2016 Booklist.