A Greyhound, a Groundhog
A Greyhound, a Groundhog

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Annotation: This read-aloud book features a tongue twister involving a little round greyhound and a little round groundhog who work themselves into a frenzy as they whirl around and around one another.
Catalog Number: #140438
Format: Perma-Bound Edition from Publisher's Hardcover
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Common Core/STEAM: Common Core Common Core
Publisher: Random House
Copyright Date: 2017
Edition Date: 2017
Illustrator: Appelhans, Chris,
Pages: 40
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 0-553-49805-3 Perma-Bound: 0-605-97614-7
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-553-49805-9 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-97614-6
Dewey: E
LCCN: 2016000753
Dimensions: 24 x 27 cm.
Language: English
Horn Book
A greyhound and groundhog frolic playfully in this wonderfully illustrated, lyrical tongue-twister of a picture book. "A round hound, a grey dog, a round little hound dog. / A greyhog, a ground dog, a hog little hound dog." The words are as spare as the pencil and watercolor brushstrokes, and both--like the delightful butterflies the animals encounter--are quietly astounding.
Publishers Weekly
Dedicated to picture book icon Ruth Krauss, this elegant pas de deux between two unlikely creatures recalls the sense of uninhibited play that Krauss brought to her own work. -A hound./ A round hound./ A greyhound,- Jenkins (Toys Meet Snow) starts, accompanied by Appelhans-s watercolor of a curled-up dog, its abstract form captured in a few graceful strokes.
School Library Journal Starred Review
PreS-Gr 2&12; 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&12;and an equally limited selection of consonant and vowel sounds&12;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&12;fully facing readers for the first time&12;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&30;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.&12; Jill Ratzan, Congregation Kol Emet, Yardley, PA
Starred Review for Kirkus Reviews
Friendship blossoms between canine and rodent in this paean to the sheer joy of being alive. A greyhound and a groundhog are startled to meet, one waking from a nap and the other popping out of a burrow. Before long, however, they are frolicking together, romping about and running through meadows before finally collapsing in satisfied fatigue. Jenkins’ playful text (“A round hound, a grey dog, a round little hound dog. / A greyhog, a ground dog, a hog little hound dog”) has a catchy rhythm that begs to be read out loud. The text dances across the page, perfectly in sync with the watercolor pictures; on one page the line “and a sound” hovers beside the splash created by the greyhound’s foot, its curvature visually echoing the arc of the water. By varying perspective and distance, Appelhans creates dynamic, high-energy illustrations that maintain interest despite featuring only two characters against a plain, minimalist background. Readers look down on the two friends from above as they spin in giddy circles and see them in comical close-up as a butterfly flits past. Groundhog bursts from the end of a hollow log, paws outstretched, about to soar above the heads of readers, who have a ground-level view of the action. This delightful story is a feast for the eyes and ears, and it will hold up well to repeated demands from eager young listeners. (Picture book. 2-6)
Starred Review ALA Booklist
*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.
Reading Level: 2.0
Interest Level: P-2
Lexile: AD200L
Guided Reading Level: J
Fountas & Pinnell: J

"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

Winner of the 2018 Zena Sutherland Award for Best Text

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

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