Synopses & Reviews
Kids will love this wintry-wonderful follow-up to the popular Brownie Groundhog and the February Fox
Brownie is ready for a long winter's nap. “Just don't wake me up,” she warns. But her friends miss her so much that they can't bear to obey her orders — and they turn Brownie's “do not disturb” into a comic commotion, complete with a stunningly beautiful nighttime surprise. Susan Blackaby has created a fun romp filled with delightful wordplay, enhanced by Carmen Segovia's illustrations featuring splashes of color against a snowy backdrop.
Praise for Brownie Groundhog and the February Fox
“…this story is particularly endearing. Children will find it delightful.” —School Library Journal (starred review)"It is refreshing to find such a beautiful book for this oft-forgotten day of the year. Segovia's acrylic paints and inks elevate the simple-seeming story . . . Blackaby is as tricky as her heroine . . . delivering plenty of chuckles and wordplay. Elegant." —Kirkus Reviews "A promising bedtime selection for younger children." —Publishers Weekly
and#8220;The acrylic paintings are inviting and the spread of the decorated tree is glorious. The ending of this tale of friendship is most satisfying. This book is a natural for a winter celebration that is not attached to Christmas.and#8221; and#8212;School Library Journaland#160;and#8220;A hip design with lots of white space and appealing illustrations using a palette of cool hues complement the snappy dialogue and clever humor . . .and#160;Each animal has its own distinct look and personality: the grumpy groundhog, the dependent, determined fox, and the cheery, polite rabbit attuned to the feelings of others. Quirky, quiet, clever. Watch for more seasonal adventures from this tantalizing trio.and#8221; and#8212;Kirkus Reviewsand#160;and#8220;It's hard to find a winter-setting picture book with bright lights and trimmings, packages, and a feast that doesn't mention Christmas, but Blackaby has done just that . . . Segauia's acrylic paint-and-ink illustrations emphasize blue tones, suggesting a nip in the air, and the use of red and orange add warmth. The fox's chaotic antics also heat up the pages . . .and#160;this is a good choice for a winter storytime without any religious or cultural connotations.and#8221; and#8212;Booklist
About the Author
Susan Blackaby's first picture book, Rembrandt's Hat (Houghton Mifflin) was praised by Publishers Weekly as a and#8220;satisfyingly spontaneous and quirky tale . . . simply 'fedorable.'and#8221; Susan is also the author of Sterling Biographiesand#174;: Cleopatraand#8212;which and#8220;leaves readers fascinated and eager to learn moreand#8221; (School Library Journal)-and a poetry collection, Nest, Nook, and Cranny (Charlesbridge Publishing). Susan lives in Portland, OR.
Carmen Segovia is an award-winning illustrator who lives in Barcelona, Spain. One winter, she chose to sketch a little groundhog that wakes before spring and passes the time by sliding down a snowy hill, and building a and#8220;snow friend.and#8221; The paintings were selected for the Bologna Children's Book Fair Illustrators Exhibition where Carmen's American editor became determined to create a book starring the groundhog. Carmen's first picture book in the US was China Doll (Sterling) by Elza Pilgrim.