{"id":4313993799,"title":"Groundhog's Runaway Shadow","handle":"groundhogs-runaway-shadow","description":"\u003c!-- - - - - - - - ENTER AUTHOR\/ILLUSTRATOR INFO BELOW - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eWritten \u0026amp; Illustrated by: \u003ca href=\"http:\/\/charlesbridge.myshopify.com\/pages\/david-biedrzycki\" title=\"David Biedrzycki bio\"\u003eDavid Biedrzycki\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - ENTER HEADING BELOW - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003eSometimes the groundhog sees his shadow. Sometimes he doesn't. Why??\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - ENTER DESCRIPTION BELOW - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ePhil is your typical groundhog: hard-working, short-sighted, and a bit boring. But his shadow, who follows his every move, wants more. One night, fed up with TV reruns, Phil's shadow rebels and runs away. The world is full of wacky and wonderful adventures for a shadow on his own! But what's a shadow without his groundhog, and what's a groundhog without his shadow?\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eA funny, heartwarming story of friendship.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/charlesbridge.blogspot.com\/2018\/04\/charlesbridge-unplugged-4-david.html\" target=\"_blank\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\"\u003eListen\u003c\/a\u003e to David talk about his books on Charlesbridge Unplugged.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - - - ENTER RECOMMENDATIONS BELOW - - - - - - - -- - - --\u003e\n\u003cdiv class=\"recommended-books\"\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eIf you like this book, you’ll enjoy these:\u003cbr\u003e\u003ca href=\"http:\/\/charlesbridge.myshopify.com\/products\/me-and-my-dragon-scared-of-halloween\" title=\"Me and My Dragon: Scared of Halloween\"\u003eMe and My Dragon: Scared of Halloween\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003ca href=\"http:\/\/www.charlesbridge.com\/products\/groundhogs-dilemma\" title=\"Groundhog's Dilemma\"\u003eGroundhog's Dilemma\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003ca href=\"http:\/\/www.charlesbridge.com\/products\/gabe-and-goon\" title=\"Gabe and Goon\"\u003eGabe and Goon\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - - - START OF TABS - - - - - - - -- - - --\u003e [TABS]\n\u003ch5\u003eLook Inside\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cimg class=\"cvr-border-gray\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\" src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0750\/0101\/files\/groundhogs-runaway-shadow-spread.jpg?14968034928844906658\"\u003e\u003c!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --\u003e\n\u003cscript type=\"text\/javascript\" async=\"\" defer data-pin-shape=\"round\" data-pin-height=\"32\" data-pin-hover=\"true\" src=\"\/\/assets.pinterest.com\/js\/pinit.js\"\u003e\u003c\/script\u003e\n\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - - - ENTER AUTHOR BIO BELOW - - - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003eAuthor \u0026amp; Illustrator\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eDavid Biedrzycki, author \u0026amp; illustrator\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eDavid Biedrzycki has been creating illustrations for book publishers, advertising agencies, magazines, and design firms since 1980. His art has graced the cover of\u003cem\u003e KidSoft\u003c\/em\u003e magazine, New England Aquarium billboards and children's software packaging, such as \"The Amazon Trail\" and \"Odell Down Under.\" His clients include Celestial Seasonings®, After the Fall Juices(tm), IBM, and Newsweek.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ca href=\"http:\/\/charlesbridge.myshopify.com\/pages\/david-biedrzycki\" title=\"David Biedzrycki bio\"\u003eRead more\u003c\/a\u003e about David.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - ENTER AWARDS \u0026 HONORS BELOW - - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003eAwards \u0026amp; Honors\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eBank Street Best Children’s Books of the Year 2016\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - ENTER REVIEWS BELOW - - - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003eEditorial Reviews\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cblockquote\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003ci\u003eKirkus Reviews\u003c\/i\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eA groundhog mutiny! Will Phil's shadow ever return? Phil Groundhog is so fast the only thing that can keep up with him is his shadow. When he was little, doing everything together was fun for both of them. But now that Phil's grown up, he's left behind childish things, carrying a briefcase and wearing a tie. \"Shadow, not so much.\" When Phil plays the accordion, Shadow wails out on a trumpet, not always on key. At a nice restaurant, Shadow fills the air with burps. Finally, Phil loses his temper and tells his shadow to \"just go away!\" Shadow is crushed, then angry, then realizes that he's always wanted to travel; off he goes. But while Shadow is checking out the pyramids, Phil is searching high and low to find him. He posts signs and puts an ad in the newspaper, to no avail. One day Phil sees an article about a mysterious shadow near the Eiffel Tower. Meanwhile, after all the initial excitement, Shadow realizes that he's lonely too. Phil and Shadow find each other for a buoyant musical reunion, Phil on accordion and the shadow on trumpet. Biedrzycki's fable on friendship comes to hilarious life with his bold, colorful, loopy illustrations, done in Adobe Photoshop. His judicious mix of panels and full-bleed spreads expertly controls the book's pacing. Delightful.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/blockquote\u003e\n\u003cblockquote\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003ci\u003ePublishers Weekly\u003c\/i\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ePunxsutawney resident Phil, a furry brown groundhog, and his shadow have been constant companions but are growing apart, both in terms of personal proclivities (\"Phil loved scary movies. Shadow, not so much\") and all-around outlook (\"Phil liked to be on time. Shadow liked to stop and smell the roses\"). Biedrzycki (\u003ci\u003eBreaking News: Bears to the Rescue\u003c\/i\u003e) maximizes the differences between Phil and Shadow by giving the groundhog and his fellow animals an almost three-dimensional roundness, setting them in a carefully detailed and brightly colored world. Shadow, meanwhile, is rendered in flat, fuzzy-edged, gray-blue silhouettes, though that doesn't stop him from flirting with a rabbit on the subway or letting loose a giant burp while Phil quietly eats dinner. After matters come to a head, Shadow decamps to explore the world, eventually leading a remorseful Phil to seek out his absent companion. The somewhat drawn-out story can seem more like a platform for Biedrzycki's comic vignettes of Shadow's outsize behavior, but the Groundhog Day references are kept to a minimum, making this a story that could be enjoyed any time of year.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/blockquote\u003e\n\u003cblockquote\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eSchool Library Journal\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eAs Phil the groundhog matures, he has less and less appreciation for his shadow. Once a welcome companion who helped Phil through the tricky parts of growing up, Shadow wants different things, and as adults, the two go their own ways. Shadow is eager to have adventures, and Phil loves his ever more placid life. Their time apart affords them each a new perspective, and their reunion (after a frantic search) is no surprise; friends need each other. Those who have outgrown a friendship will recognize themselves in the characters. Older readers might even see a bit of the typical recreation of self that occurs in adolescence. Biedrzycki's soft-edged digital drawings of goofy animals alternate between full-page spreads and episodic comic panels that help convey the passage of time and change in settling. 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Sometimes he doesn't. Why??\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - ENTER DESCRIPTION BELOW - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ePhil is your typical groundhog: hard-working, short-sighted, and a bit boring. But his shadow, who follows his every move, wants more. One night, fed up with TV reruns, Phil's shadow rebels and runs away. The world is full of wacky and wonderful adventures for a shadow on his own! But what's a shadow without his groundhog, and what's a groundhog without his shadow?\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eA funny, heartwarming story of friendship.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/charlesbridge.blogspot.com\/2018\/04\/charlesbridge-unplugged-4-david.html\" target=\"_blank\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\"\u003eListen\u003c\/a\u003e to David talk about his books on Charlesbridge Unplugged.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - - - ENTER RECOMMENDATIONS BELOW - - - - - - - -- - - --\u003e\n\u003cdiv class=\"recommended-books\"\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eIf you like this book, you’ll enjoy these:\u003cbr\u003e\u003ca href=\"http:\/\/charlesbridge.myshopify.com\/products\/me-and-my-dragon-scared-of-halloween\" title=\"Me and My Dragon: Scared of Halloween\"\u003eMe and My Dragon: Scared of Halloween\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003ca href=\"http:\/\/www.charlesbridge.com\/products\/groundhogs-dilemma\" title=\"Groundhog's Dilemma\"\u003eGroundhog's Dilemma\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003ca href=\"http:\/\/www.charlesbridge.com\/products\/gabe-and-goon\" title=\"Gabe and Goon\"\u003eGabe and Goon\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - - - START OF TABS - - - - - - - -- - - --\u003e [TABS]\n\u003ch5\u003eLook Inside\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cimg class=\"cvr-border-gray\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\" src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0750\/0101\/files\/groundhogs-runaway-shadow-spread.jpg?14968034928844906658\"\u003e\u003c!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --\u003e\n\u003cscript type=\"text\/javascript\" async=\"\" defer data-pin-shape=\"round\" data-pin-height=\"32\" data-pin-hover=\"true\" src=\"\/\/assets.pinterest.com\/js\/pinit.js\"\u003e\u003c\/script\u003e\n\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - - - ENTER AUTHOR BIO BELOW - - - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003eAuthor \u0026amp; Illustrator\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eDavid Biedrzycki, author \u0026amp; illustrator\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eDavid Biedrzycki has been creating illustrations for book publishers, advertising agencies, magazines, and design firms since 1980. His art has graced the cover of\u003cem\u003e KidSoft\u003c\/em\u003e magazine, New England Aquarium billboards and children's software packaging, such as \"The Amazon Trail\" and \"Odell Down Under.\" His clients include Celestial Seasonings®, After the Fall Juices(tm), IBM, and Newsweek.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ca href=\"http:\/\/charlesbridge.myshopify.com\/pages\/david-biedrzycki\" title=\"David Biedzrycki bio\"\u003eRead more\u003c\/a\u003e about David.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - ENTER AWARDS \u0026 HONORS BELOW - - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003eAwards \u0026amp; Honors\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eBank Street Best Children’s Books of the Year 2016\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - ENTER REVIEWS BELOW - - - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003eEditorial Reviews\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cblockquote\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003ci\u003eKirkus Reviews\u003c\/i\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eA groundhog mutiny! Will Phil's shadow ever return? Phil Groundhog is so fast the only thing that can keep up with him is his shadow. When he was little, doing everything together was fun for both of them. But now that Phil's grown up, he's left behind childish things, carrying a briefcase and wearing a tie. \"Shadow, not so much.\" When Phil plays the accordion, Shadow wails out on a trumpet, not always on key. At a nice restaurant, Shadow fills the air with burps. Finally, Phil loses his temper and tells his shadow to \"just go away!\" Shadow is crushed, then angry, then realizes that he's always wanted to travel; off he goes. But while Shadow is checking out the pyramids, Phil is searching high and low to find him. He posts signs and puts an ad in the newspaper, to no avail. One day Phil sees an article about a mysterious shadow near the Eiffel Tower. Meanwhile, after all the initial excitement, Shadow realizes that he's lonely too. Phil and Shadow find each other for a buoyant musical reunion, Phil on accordion and the shadow on trumpet. Biedrzycki's fable on friendship comes to hilarious life with his bold, colorful, loopy illustrations, done in Adobe Photoshop. His judicious mix of panels and full-bleed spreads expertly controls the book's pacing. Delightful.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/blockquote\u003e\n\u003cblockquote\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003ci\u003ePublishers Weekly\u003c\/i\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ePunxsutawney resident Phil, a furry brown groundhog, and his shadow have been constant companions but are growing apart, both in terms of personal proclivities (\"Phil loved scary movies. Shadow, not so much\") and all-around outlook (\"Phil liked to be on time. Shadow liked to stop and smell the roses\"). Biedrzycki (\u003ci\u003eBreaking News: Bears to the Rescue\u003c\/i\u003e) maximizes the differences between Phil and Shadow by giving the groundhog and his fellow animals an almost three-dimensional roundness, setting them in a carefully detailed and brightly colored world. Shadow, meanwhile, is rendered in flat, fuzzy-edged, gray-blue silhouettes, though that doesn't stop him from flirting with a rabbit on the subway or letting loose a giant burp while Phil quietly eats dinner. After matters come to a head, Shadow decamps to explore the world, eventually leading a remorseful Phil to seek out his absent companion. The somewhat drawn-out story can seem more like a platform for Biedrzycki's comic vignettes of Shadow's outsize behavior, but the Groundhog Day references are kept to a minimum, making this a story that could be enjoyed any time of year.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/blockquote\u003e\n\u003cblockquote\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eSchool Library Journal\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eAs Phil the groundhog matures, he has less and less appreciation for his shadow. Once a welcome companion who helped Phil through the tricky parts of growing up, Shadow wants different things, and as adults, the two go their own ways. Shadow is eager to have adventures, and Phil loves his ever more placid life. Their time apart affords them each a new perspective, and their reunion (after a frantic search) is no surprise; friends need each other. Those who have outgrown a friendship will recognize themselves in the characters. Older readers might even see a bit of the typical recreation of self that occurs in adolescence. Biedrzycki's soft-edged digital drawings of goofy animals alternate between full-page spreads and episodic comic panels that help convey the passage of time and change in settling. VERDICT A fun read-aloud with a subtle life lesson for Groundhog Day and beyond.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/blockquote\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - - ENTER DOWNLOADABLES BELOW - - - - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003eDownloadables\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: left;\"\u003e\u003cimg alt=\"\" src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0750\/0101\/files\/groundhogs-runaway-shadow-cvr.jpg?3459762862895005446\" style=\"display: block; float: none; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\"\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cdiv class=\"btn-wrapper\"\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0750\/0101\/files\/groundhogs-runaway-shadow-hires.zip?4104\" class=\"product-btn\"\u003eDownload the Cover\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - - - ENTER DETAILS BELOW - - - - - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003eDetails\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eHardcover\u003c\/strong\u003e \u003cbr\u003eISBN: 978-1-58089-734-1\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eE-book\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003cbr\u003e ISBN: 978-1-60734-894-8 EPUB \u003cbr\u003eISBN: 978-1-60734-895-5 PDF\u003cbr\u003eFor information about purchasing E-books, \u003ca title=\"E-book\" href=\"http:\/\/charlesbridge.myshopify.com\/pages\/e-books\"\u003eclick here\u003c\/a\u003e.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eAges: 4-8\u003cbr\u003ePage count: 32\u003cbr\u003e9 x 11 \u003csup\u003e1\u003c\/sup\u003e⁄\u003csub\u003e2\u003c\/sub\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n[\/TABS]"}

Groundhog's Runaway Shadow

Written & Illustrated by: David Biedrzycki

Sometimes the groundhog sees his shadow. Sometimes he doesn't. Why??

Phil is your typical groundhog: hard-working, short-sighted, and a bit boring. But his shadow, who follows his every move, wants more. One night, fed up with TV reruns, Phil's shadow rebels and runs away. The world is full of wacky and wonderful adventures for a shadow on his own! But what's a shadow without his groundhog, and what's a groundhog without his shadow?

A funny, heartwarming story of friendship.

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David Biedrzycki, author & illustrator

David Biedrzycki has been creating illustrations for book publishers, advertising agencies, magazines, and design firms since 1980. His art has graced the cover of KidSoft magazine, New England Aquarium billboards and children's software packaging, such as "The Amazon Trail" and "Odell Down Under." His clients include Celestial Seasonings®, After the Fall Juices(tm), IBM, and Newsweek.

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  • Bank Street Best Children’s Books of the Year 2016

Kirkus Reviews

A groundhog mutiny! Will Phil's shadow ever return? Phil Groundhog is so fast the only thing that can keep up with him is his shadow. When he was little, doing everything together was fun for both of them. But now that Phil's grown up, he's left behind childish things, carrying a briefcase and wearing a tie. "Shadow, not so much." When Phil plays the accordion, Shadow wails out on a trumpet, not always on key. At a nice restaurant, Shadow fills the air with burps. Finally, Phil loses his temper and tells his shadow to "just go away!" Shadow is crushed, then angry, then realizes that he's always wanted to travel; off he goes. But while Shadow is checking out the pyramids, Phil is searching high and low to find him. He posts signs and puts an ad in the newspaper, to no avail. One day Phil sees an article about a mysterious shadow near the Eiffel Tower. Meanwhile, after all the initial excitement, Shadow realizes that he's lonely too. Phil and Shadow find each other for a buoyant musical reunion, Phil on accordion and the shadow on trumpet. Biedrzycki's fable on friendship comes to hilarious life with his bold, colorful, loopy illustrations, done in Adobe Photoshop. His judicious mix of panels and full-bleed spreads expertly controls the book's pacing. Delightful.

Publishers Weekly

Punxsutawney resident Phil, a furry brown groundhog, and his shadow have been constant companions but are growing apart, both in terms of personal proclivities ("Phil loved scary movies. Shadow, not so much") and all-around outlook ("Phil liked to be on time. Shadow liked to stop and smell the roses"). Biedrzycki (Breaking News: Bears to the Rescue) maximizes the differences between Phil and Shadow by giving the groundhog and his fellow animals an almost three-dimensional roundness, setting them in a carefully detailed and brightly colored world. Shadow, meanwhile, is rendered in flat, fuzzy-edged, gray-blue silhouettes, though that doesn't stop him from flirting with a rabbit on the subway or letting loose a giant burp while Phil quietly eats dinner. After matters come to a head, Shadow decamps to explore the world, eventually leading a remorseful Phil to seek out his absent companion. The somewhat drawn-out story can seem more like a platform for Biedrzycki's comic vignettes of Shadow's outsize behavior, but the Groundhog Day references are kept to a minimum, making this a story that could be enjoyed any time of year.

School Library Journal

As Phil the groundhog matures, he has less and less appreciation for his shadow. Once a welcome companion who helped Phil through the tricky parts of growing up, Shadow wants different things, and as adults, the two go their own ways. Shadow is eager to have adventures, and Phil loves his ever more placid life. Their time apart affords them each a new perspective, and their reunion (after a frantic search) is no surprise; friends need each other. Those who have outgrown a friendship will recognize themselves in the characters. Older readers might even see a bit of the typical recreation of self that occurs in adolescence. Biedrzycki's soft-edged digital drawings of goofy animals alternate between full-page spreads and episodic comic panels that help convey the passage of time and change in settling. VERDICT A fun read-aloud with a subtle life lesson for Groundhog Day and beyond.

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ISBN: 978-1-58089-734-1

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Ages: 4-8
Page count: 32
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