In this sequel to Brownie Groundhog and the February Fox (2011), the two pals meet a new friend, Bunny, and together, the three animals enjoy a winter celebration.
Brownie Groundhog just wants a long winter’s nap after a December picnic with her friends the fox and Bunny. The fox is bereft at the loss of Brownie’s companionship, so he visits her tree-trunk home to borrow her red scarf while she is sleeping. A comical series of misinterpreted questions from the fox and mumbled responses from Brownie ensues, and the fox loads up on all sorts of supplies from Brownie’s well-stocked cupboards to create a surprise for his beloved friend. A decorated tree outside, musical entertainment, presents and a candlelit supper appear as if by magic, all planned to astonish Brownie, who is woken by the noise. She’s cross, but she forgives the fox when she sees the “wintry surprise holiday feast.” A hip design with lots of white space and appealing illustrations using a palette of cool hues complement the snappy dialogue and clever humor. (“[D]on’t eat Bunny. She’s company.”) 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. (Picture book. 3-8)