Janet Squires Books   Home of the Gingerbread Cowboy

Move over, Punxsutawney Phil and make way for Gulliver! Did you know that February 2nd brings the most-watched weather forecast of the year? And it’s the only one led by a rodent. The legend goes that on this morning, if a groundhog can see its shadow, there will be six more weeks of winter. If it can’t see its shadow, spring is on the way. Here’s a new and charming book by acclaimed author Janet Squires. Just Like Gulliver is the perfect blend of young Gulliver discovering his shadow and Groundhog Day history. It’s an enjoyable read with engaging illustrations for preschool and elementary age children. There’s a bonus at the end of the story with facts about groundhogs and how Groundhog's Day came to be.

          -- Rancho Tranquilo, September 2016

​REVIEWS:

A delightful, infectiously cheerful, Southwestern rendition of a familiar story. Phrases used to describe biscuits, such as "plump as pillows, soft as clouds and tasty as a big Texas Barbecue," just roll off the tongue ..." The lively text demands to be read aloud ... A fresh version of an old favorite.
          — School Library Journal, August, 2006

Sure to delight youngsters, as well as introduce them to the flora, fauna and geography of the west ... A welcome change of setting for the Gingerbread Man, sure to find a spot on the library shelf.
          — Kirkus Reviews, July, 2006

The Gingerbread Cowboy -- can run from the rancher's wife, he can dash past the javalinas and he can giddyup right by the cattle grazing on the mesa.  But what happens when he meets a coyote sleeping in the sun?

REVIEWS:


"Charmingly written and delightfully illustrated ... "Just Like Gulliver" is a picture book for young readers ages 4 to 7 that shares the adventure of a young groundhog who is frightened of his shadow until a fun-filled journey through the woods and farms surrounding his burrow allows him to discover his courage on Groundhog Day. Thoroughly entertaining from beginning to end, "Just Like Gulliver" is especially recommended and certain to be an enduringly popular addition to family, preschool, elementary school, and community library picture book collections."

        -- Midwest Book Review, December 2016

New Release !

The adventure of a young groundhog who is frightened of his shadow until a fun-filled journey through the woods and farms surrounding his burrow allows him to discover his courage on Groundhog Day.

An author's note provides factual information about Groundhogs.

Cross curriculum connections for: Folklore, Shadows, Groundhog Day, and Groundhogs.