From School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-When Brownie wakes up on the second of February, she opens her door, looks out, and scoffs, "Phooey, six more weeks of winter." She does not like waiting. Before she can go back inside, a fox pounces on her, eager for breakfast. But clever Brownie finds a way to keep him busy through lunch and then dinner, spending their time looking for spring. After some skating, they've both worked up an appetite and the fox is tired of waiting, too. By tricking Fox, Brownie's life is spared and a new friendship begins, just as the first sign of spring arrives. Segovia's acrylic and ink artwork captures the clear sky of winter and accentuates the white/gray of a heavy snowfall. Brownie's black/brown fur is set off with a bright red scarf as an equally vibrant Fox stands out against a chilly landscape. The theme of outfoxing a fox is a familiar one, but this story is particularly endearing. Children will find it delightful.-C. J. Connor, Campbell County Public Library, Cold Spring, KY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
In a tale written about a rodent created by the illustrator, a groundhog is irritated that she has just seen her shadow and fends off a hungry but rather weak-willed fox by insisting that it’s not mealtime yet. After wandering over a snowy landscape, skating on an icy pond, and sitting down to a picnic of cocoa and cinnamon toast, the two spot a robin and, heartened by this harbinger, part ways with promises to meet the next day. Placing her two figures (who are depicted nearly the same size) in a spacious, open woodland setting, Segovia gives the episode a cozy air and endows February Fox with particularly expressive ears and Brownie with a long red scarf and a picnic basket full of goodies. Fox’s focus on eating notwithstanding, this is not so much a tale of suspense and trickery as a tongue-in-cheek encounter between two unlikely new friends who discover a shared impatience for spring. Winter-weary children will sympathize—probably enough to forgive Brownie’s credulity-stretching survival. Grades 1-3. --John Peters