A Greyhound, A Groundhog

A Greyhound, A Groundhog

Book - 2017 | First edition.
Average Rating:
Rate this:
"But what Emily Jenkins and Chris Appelhans' lyrical collaboration is really about is the intoxicating thrill of friendship, and boundless joy of play..." - The New York Times

A "merry read-aloud." - The Wall Street Journal

From a heavyweight author and illustrator duo comes a delicious tongue twister of a picture book that features a little round greyhound and a little round groundhog.

With very spare, incredibly lively language, this is an entertaining read-aloud, with two amazing--and oh-so-adorable--characters at its heart.

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 one another. ( Around, round hound. Around, groundhog! ) The pace picks up ( Around and around and astound and astound! ), until they ultimately wear themselves out.

"Jenkins's masterful text is deceptively simple." --NPR on Toys Meet Snow by Emily Jenkins

"Appelhans, whose career up to now has been in animated films such as Coraline, is a revelation." -- Booklist, Starred, on Sparky!, illustrated by Chris Appelhans

"Appelhans makes an auspicious picture book debut with strikingly beautiful watercolor and pencil illustrations. His style, reminiscent of Jon Klassen's, incorporates a muted color palette, but with a slightly softer, rounder quality, while also weaving in visual deadpan humor." -- The Horn Book
Publisher: New York : Schwartz & Wade Books, [2017]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780553498059
Branch Call Number: JP Jenki
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : chiefly colour illustrations ; 24 x 28 cm
Additional Contributors: Appelhans, Chris - Illustrator


From Library Staff

VaughanPLKarenL May 16, 2017

Delightful illustrations and definitely meant to be read aloud! What a treat!

From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment

JCLBeckyC Aug 23, 2017

The tongue-twister text is certainly fun to read aloud, but it's the beautiful illustrations rendered in watercolor and pencil that gets me going. Great gift idea for new parents or any art-aficionado child who'd appreciate looking at this book over and over again.

forbesrachel Jun 10, 2017

What starts as a simple pair of statements, turns into a dizzying, laugh-out-loud, tongue twister as a greyhound and groundhog play with one another. Even experienced readers will likely stumble as repeating words become ever more tangled; the infectious fun and increasing pace nudges you to go faster too. To prevent an oral presentation from devolving into an utter mess, the author regularly introduces new vocabulary for the mind to grasp, and changes up the meter every few pages. The illustrations themselves follow the same pattern as the words, starting out with a simple image on a cream background, then flowing into a whirlwind of form and beautiful watercolours, before finally ending with a quieter page, matching the exhaustion of these two friends. A Greyhound, A Groundhog is just a fun, rhyming read aloud with some very pretty pictures, perfect for eliciting a few laughs out of any young one.

VaughanPLKarenL May 16, 2017

Delightful illustrations and definitely meant to be read aloud! What a treat!

JCLEmilyD Mar 18, 2017

This book is meant to be read-aloud accompanied with lots of giggles! The illustrations are done in beautiful watercolor. A joy to read and look at!

Feb 27, 2017

Lots of rhyming, alitteration, simply watercolor pictures, and interesting placement of the text! I really enjoyed this sweet story.

MissLacie Feb 16, 2017

Great read aloud- just make sure to practice ahead of time

Age Suitability

Add Age Suitability

There are no age suitabilities for this title yet.


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.


Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number


Subject Headings


Find it at VPL

To Top