Follow Here To Purchase Grandma and the Groundhog

Author: Justin Drazin
Illustrator: Genn Lotish
Publisher: Justin Drazin Publishing
ISBN: 978-0-692-28935-8

There are often things beneath the surface that lead to better understanding,” Justin Drazin writes at the end of his children’s book, Grandma and the Groundhog.

This over-sized thirty-two page hardbound targets preschool to early elementary school-aged children and those that like stories about animals and gardening. With no profanity or violence, it is meant to be a calming bedtime story. Punctuation and capitalization liberties are taken by the author that may confuse beginner readers.

Illustrator Lotish’s colorful full-page designs cover the pages. The illustrations’ medium portrays plenty of detail of a grandma in her house and groundhogs eating from her garden. A green watercolor-looking background is duplicated on the front and back inside jacket as well as all pages that have black font wording, keeping it busy to read the words.

In this short story that is told in rhyme, a grandma is sitting inside her quaint, cozy home, and it is springtime. Looking out her window, she notices a large groundhog stealing the food growing in her garden. When she gets up to go to the window, her book crashes to the floor, causing the animal to hear the noise and scamper away with a tomato in his mouth.

Every day the critter comes in the morning and steals some edibles from the granny’s garden. As the old lady is aware of the thievery, the garden becomes barren. Upset her food is being taken while she is at the market buying more, she wants to have words with the culprit.

The next morning when she goes out to find the groundhog, he is nowhere to be found. For weeks she misses him. When he finally appears, he has a brood of four babies tagging along, enjoying the fresh food in the garden. The grandma realizes that jumping to conclusions is not always right.

Promoting to consider what lies beneath the surface of a person’s actions, topic, or circumstance, the book may be enjoyed by those with grandparents, who have a garden, or love animals such as the groundhog.

Thanks to Bookpleasures and the publicist for furnishing this complimentary book in exchange for a review based on the reader’s honest opinions.