There's so much more to being a groundhog than just putting on a show once a year, and Groundhog has decided it's time to tell the world the Hog truth. With the help of a few of his fans, Groundhog is ready to tell everything about himself, from how loud he can whistle (loud), to how fast he can run (not fast), to how many things he uses his teeth for (a lot). Groundhog may be full of himself, but chances are good that, by the end of this book, you'll agree he's pretty wonderful! From the illustrator of the Junie B. Jones books and the author of the Melvil & Dewey books comes a funny, fact-filled look at what happens when one very proud groundhog speaks out.
Like many celebrities, Groundhog thinks he's gotten a raw deal from the media. "Yesterday I was big news, a star, king of the mound! Everyone wanted my weather report. Today... nothing!" With help from an adoring documentarian and fellow groundhog, the star of February 2 makes his case for deeming all of February "Groundhog Appreciation Month." Swallow (It Only Looks Easy) has marshaled a host of impressive tidbits about the groundhog (aka woodchuck or whistle pig); even more important, she brings them to life with factual yet funny analogies ("My head is like a submarine periscope-my eyes, ears and nose are set up high so I can see what's around" or "We're not all that quick, as animals go. But we can run as fast as an average fourth-grader") and a snappy conversational tone. Two bystanders, a crow and squirrel, offer running commentary ("He's already the only animal with a national holiday... unless you count the turkey," observes the crow. "But look where that guy ends up at the end of the day," says the squirrel). Brunkus will be known to many readers as the illustrator of the Junie B. Jones books-and they may even recognize the same combination of spunk and vulnerability that's made the heroine so visually memorable. A nifty way to open up the idea of a minor but fun holiday. Ages 5-up. (Nov.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.