Time for a cozy, comfy, winter read. Brownie Groundhog and the February Fox is a 2011 gem written by Oregon’s Susan Blackaby and painted by Carmen Segovia of Barcelona, Spain. Before this great pairing,Segovia had simple, charming paintings of this fox and groundhog that needed to have a book. An American editor found Blackaby to write the story, the readers’ good fortune.
Brownie Groundhog has a problem. “A small, scrawny fox heard Brownie grousing. His ears twitched. He licked his chops and crouched to pounce.” The fox appears outside her door and announces he will try to eat her for breakfast. Fortunately Brownie Groundhog is a clever one. As Brownie finds ways to put off Fox’s meal, they have a great time together in the snow.
The book is a sure-footed combo of Segovia’s fun snow scenes and Blackaby’s brisk, effortless storytelling. Can Brownie Groundhog keep the February Fox from eating her? I can’t tell you what does get eaten, but I can assure you this book is a tasty snack for the reader.