Saturday, February 4, 2012

Children's Book Review: Groundhog Stays Up Late

Groundhog Stays Up Late

Groundhog Stays Up Late
Written by: Margery Cuyler
Illustrated by: Jean Cassels
Published by: Walker & Company, 2005
32 pages

Stubborn Groundhog simply can’t wait until February 2 to wake all his friends up!

Groundhog loves to run and play. When winter comes, Groundhog does not want to hibernate. His friends warn that he’ll be hungry and cold and lonely, but he just won’t listen. Yet he soon discovers his friends were right.

Then he has a brilliant idea! He’ll have an EARLY spring! All his friends will wake up, and they can all have fun together again. But his friends aren’t too happy when they find out Groundhog has played a trick on them.

A great new twist on the groundhog’s annual February ritual, this story is guaranteed to entertain, with a willful hero that children and adults will instantly recognize.

* I'm posting this review a few days late, but we did read this to the kids on Groundhog's Day.  February kind of crept up fast and I didn't have time to put any Groundhog Day books on hold at the library.  This was one of two books available at the library when we went for our weekly visit so I grabbed it.  It isn't very informative about Groundhog's Day.  It's a fictional story about a groundhog that gets bored when all of his friends hibernate for winter, so he decides to play a trick on them.  This book got mixed reviews from my kids. I was out with some friends the night my husband read this to the kids.  The next afternoon I offered to re-read some books to the kids.  My son didn't want me to read this one again but my daughter did.  He sat, unhappily, while my daughter read it to me, so he could hear Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site after! 

Family Rating: 1 thumb up.

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