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Groundhug Day
Contributor(s): Pace, Anne Marie, Denise, Christopher (Illustrator)
ISBN: 1484753569     ISBN-13: 9781484753569
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
    OUR PRICE: $16.20  
Product Type: Hardcover
Published: December 2017
* Publisher temporarily out of stock at this time *Annotation: Moose is planning the biggest Valentine's Day party ever and must convince his friend, Groundhog, to stay around to celebrate without hiding from his shadow.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Moose; Fiction.
Woodchuck; Fiction.
Forest animals; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Animals
- Juvenile Fiction | Holidays & Celebrations | Valentine's Day
- Juvenile Fiction | Humorous Stories
Dewey: [E]
LCCN: 2016054232
Academic/Grade Level: Kindergarten, Ages 5-6
Book type: Easy Fiction
Physical Information: 11.00" H x 8.00" W x 0.25" (0.90 lbs) 48 pages
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Contributor Bio(s): Anne Marie Pace ( is the author of Vampirina Ballerina, Vampirina Ballerina Hosts a Sleepover, and Vampirina at the Beach, as well as several other picturebooks. She lives in Charlottesville, Virginia, with her husband and children, most of whom like hugs.

Christopher Denise ( is the illustrator of many critically acclaimed books for young readers including Alison McGhee's Firefly Hollow, Rosemary Wells's Following Grandfather, and Betsy Devany's Lucy Lovey, as well as several in Brian Jacques's award-winning Redwall series. His books have appeared on the New York Times bestseller list and have been recognized by Bank Street College of Education, Parents' Choice Foundation, and the Society of Illustrators Annual Exhibition. Christopher lives in Rhode Island with his wife and three daughters, who all give excellent hugs.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2018 Fall)
The sweet luminosity of Denise's digital illustrations temper the sappiness of Pace's tale of Moose, Squirrel, Bunny, and Porcupine's plan to include Groundhog in their Valentine's Day celebration. But on February 2, even after they convince Groundhog that shadows aren't scary, he still opts to retreat for six more weeks: "it is cold up here." A slight story of possible use for Groundhog Day storytimes. Copyright 2018 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2017 October #3)

February holidays collide in this warm and funny story: Moose is planning a Valentine's Day party and insists that "Everyone has to come." But if Groundhog sees his shadow the next day, "he'll go back into his hole for six more weeks." As Moose, Bunny, Porcupine, and Squirrel debate how to keep Groundhog from seeing his shadow, dawn breaks and Groundhog ventures outside. Denise's digital illustrations have the lushness of oil paintings, and his image of Groundhog staring at his shadow in shock, his robe tied tight and mug of coffee dropped on the fieldstone walkway, is a showstopper. The revelation that Groundhog is scared of shadows sends the story in a new direction (and sets off more bickering). Pace nimbly balances the rewards of trying new things against the necessity of compromise. Ages 3–5. Author's agent: Linda Pratt, Wernick & Pratt. Illustrator's agent: Emily van Beek, Folio Literary Management. (Dec.)

Copyright 2017 Publishers Weekly.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2017 December)

PreS-Gr 2—A Valentine's Day party gives five friends an opportunity to learn about friendship and show each other how much they care. It's just two weeks until Valentine's Day and Moose is planning a big party for all his friends. But when he realizes that Groundhog's Day is in the morning, Moose begins to worry that if Groundhog sees his shadow he'll go back into his burrow for six weeks and miss the gathering. Together Moose and his friends try to find a way to prevent Groundhog from seeing his shadow so that he'll stay above ground and celebrate Valentine's Day with them. The front cover is filled with hearts, pinks, and reds, but within the spreads are composed of neutral and cozy textured hues with many interesting shadows. The softly blended lines add depth and warmth to the fur and quills of the charming animal characters. Groundhog looks appropriately stuffy in his cap, cane, and tweed coat. VERDICT This versatile book is a great choice for storytime or one-on-one enjoyment and the messages of friendship and understanding differences are suitable for year-round enjoyment. A great addition to most collections.—Laken Hottle, Providence Community Library

Copyright 2017 School Library Journal.