A Greyhound A Goundhog by Emily Jenkins and Illustrated by Chris Appelhans

Today I’m happy to share A Greyhound A Groundhog (2017, Schwartz & Wade Books) with you. I really enjoyed this fun children’s picture book. Written by Emily Jenkins and illustrated by Chris Appelhans, A Greyhound A Groundhog will have readers tongue tied and smiling!

I will share this book with the future elementary teachers with whom I work! The book’s inside front cover suggest this book is “full of energy and perfect for reading aloud,” and this is absolutely the case!  This is definitely a book that early readers will enjoy being read and one that they can practice reading aloud. The repetition of the words will help early readers gain confidence – all while enjoying this silly tale of the friendship between a greyhound and a groundhog.

I LOVE how the words and pictures work together to move the book along. Appelhans’s drawings create such movement as he plays around with the animals’ size and playful movements to complement beautifully the zeal in Jenkins’s language. I particularly love the butterfly illustration. There’s also something to say for a really fun – absolutely improbable – story that makes us smile. 🙂

This is certainly a book that belongs on your classroom library shelf or on your home bookcase.

Let me know what you think of A Greyhound A Groundhog in the comments below!

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