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  • Paperback: 28 pages
  • Publisher: Holiday House (30 Sept. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 082341874X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823418749
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 21 x 27.9 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,850,382 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Title: Go to Sleep Groundhog! <>Binding: Paperback <>Author: JudyCox <>Publisher: HolidayHouse

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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
The Insomniac Groundhog 15 Mar. 2005
By M. Allen Greenbaum - Published on
Format: Library Binding
This is a clever and very colorful story about a groundhog who just can't seem to get the hang of hibernation. While his peers presumably sleep from autumn until February, this Groundhog keeps waking up-just in time for the holidays he usually misses. In a coup de grace, author Judy Cox's Groundhog has an alarm clock that keeps track of time by months! Each time he wakes up, Cox's narrative repeats the following (changing only the month):

"Groundhog curled up in his warm cozy bed. He closed his eyes. He tossed and turned, but he couldn't get to sleep. Finally he got out of bed. He peered at his clock. Half-past November."

Each new adventure starts with the lines "Groundhog went inside. He saw things he'd never seen before," adding a sense of fresh wonder at his new experiences. At Halloween he sees the costumed children and scarecrows, and a friendly witch flies him back to bed and reads him a story. The next time he wakes up, Autumn, and he sees "tall yellow corn shocks and round orange pumpkins." A turkey flies him home and reads him a story, but not before proclaiming," It's almost winter. You should be in bed, and I should be making myself scarce." At Christmas time, who but Santa himself flies the excited Groundhog back home on his toy-filled sleigh, reading him a Christmas story, and giving him a cookie. On his big day, February 2nd, Groundhog is awakened by the alarm; he has slept very well and can scarcely believe it is time to get up already! Followed by his ever-faithful mouse pal, he goes outside and does his winter prediction duties.

Paul Meisel's depiction of the friendly groundhog and the seasonal colors are appealing, and Cox's narrative premise, complemented by her gentle humor, make this interesting and engaging read. Cox also includes a one-page history of groundhog's day after the story. Bright colors, a casual personal-looking font, and nice glossy paper add to the book's appeal.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A groundhog tale with a unique perspective 31 Dec. 2005
By Corinne H. Smith - Published on
Format: Paperback
In many Groundhog Day stories, the main character sleeps deeply or even oversleeps. Not so here. Groundhog goes to bed on Columbus Day but keeps waking up once a month during the winter. Each time, he thinks that maybe a little walk outside will make him sleepy again. Oh, the things he sees for the first time! Witches and children dressed up in costumes. Turkeys and pumpkins. Colored lights on houses and a man named Santa Claus. At the end of each excursion, someone takes Groundhog home and reads him a bedtime story to put him to sleep. When February comes and it's truly time for Groundhog to awaken, he does so reluctantly. He leaves his burrow, sees his shadow, and then goes back to bed for six more weeks of Winter. (Reading a bedtime story to himself first, of course.) A note on the final page explains the history of the Groundhog Day ritual.

Judy Cox has approached this subject in a unique way. We don't give a second thought to what we would miss out on if we were to hibernate during the winter months. And kudos to her for not giving Groundhog a human name. Paul Meisel's colorful illustrations suit the mood of the storyline and portray Groundhog as a timid but inquisitive and friendly creature. An interesting book for the season. See my Listmania list for more books about Groundhog Day.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Very entertaining 24 April 2004
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Library Binding
This is a very nice book... the illustrations are terrific and the writing is clever and amusing without being too cutesy. It's perfect for my 3-year old and I already plan to make it a birthday gift for friends.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Has the Fun Factor 7 Oct. 2013
By Spudman - Published on
Format: Paperback
This is a fun book that explains the Groundhog Day tradition and a little bit about the groundhog. The story and the graphics are enjoyable and entertaining. The font, which looks like printed handwriting, adds a homey, warm touch to the story. In some groundhog books I've read, the groundhogs look more like chipmunks or squirrels than actual groundhogs. In this book the artist does a good job approximating the groundhog looks, albeit in a cartoonish style.

Looking for a groundhog themed book for a child? This one is worthwhile.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
At Last! A Really Good Groundhog Day Book! 9 Dec. 2004
By Lynn Ellingwood - Published on
Format: Paperback
Finally someone wrote a nice groundhog story that will entertain and interest young readers. It also teaches a sense of time by mentioning other holidays associated with fall and winter. Fun!
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