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The clever use of rhyming and repetition in this picture book makes it an excellent read aloud, although you might need to practice a few times! The text is deceptively simple and emphasizes sounds and patterns. The illustrations perfectly capture the increasing drama as the greyhound and groundhog go “around and around and around” to the climax “Astound!” Astound, indeed!
~ Eight Cousins, Holiday Picks 2017— From Holiday Picks 2017
"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
About the Author
Emily Jenkins has written many highly acclaimed books for children, including the picture book Toys Meet Snow, a New York Times Notable Book and a Wall Street Journal Best Children's Book of the Year, and the popular, award-winning chapter books that feature the same beloved characters, Toys Go Out, Toy Dance Party, and Toys Come Home. She is also the author of A Fine Dessert, a New York Times Best Illustrated Book of the Year; Water in the Park, a Booklist Editors' Choice and a Bulletin Blue Ribbon Book; and Lemonade in Winter, a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year. Visit the author at emilyjenkins.com. Chris Appelhans was selected as the Children's Choice Illustrator of the Year at the Children's Choice Book Awards for Sparky!, written by Jenny Offill. The book received two starred reviews, including one from Booklist declaring, "Appelhans is a revelation." Chris has also worked on several films, as an illustrator and a production designer for Coraline, an environment designer for Fantastic Mr. Fox, and a visual development artist for The Princess and the Frog.