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. Volume IX Number 16. . . . April 11, 2003
In the kitchen a fan whirred back and forth, stirring up the soupy air.
My dog nudged my
knee with his nose.
How hot was it?
It was a grueling,
Jane Barclay and Janice Donato have created a delightful companion to the award winning How Cold Was it?. Based on a boy's articulate and creative retelling of a remarkably hot day, this story will immediately captivate readers. The story follows this boy throughout this sweltering day starting from the point where he wakes up in the morning to the moment he ambushes his father with a hose in the afternoon. The simplicity of the tale is a perfect foundation for the use of colour and language. Indeed, this colourful creation draws the reader right into the heat. In fact, you can almost feel it assailing your own skin and wilting your desire to move.
It is a treat to experience a book that is so intelligently composed and fun to read aloud. The carefully selected words that appear in this work are likely to stretch the vocabularies and imaginations of young readers and listeners. The rhythmic language and its creative arrangement are a marvelous complement to the vibrant full-page illustrations. Barclay and Donato have done a spectacular job of maintaining that award winning style that emerged from How Cold Was It?. Valuable in any collection, this book is a must have.
Christina Neigel is the Instruction Librarian for the University College of the Cariboo in Kamloops, BC - "a children's librarian trapped in the body of an academic librarian."
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