From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 3–Innovative illustrations add depth and texture to an evocative text. It's a sunny summer day, but close friends Kishi and Renée are on the outs and stubbornly refuse to play together. Their tempers flare right along with the temperature, but eventually the sweltering midday heat subsides and both are lured from their porches by a vigorous game of double Dutch. By the time the ice-cream man turns the corner, all is forgiven and forgotten. Steptoe's found-object and cut-paper collages highlight facial features and depict oppressive summertime weather to perfection. The characters' full, pouting lips and clingy, perspiration-drenched clothes are made of sheer crepe paper; faces, eyelids, and limbs are cut from cardstock; and substantial twists of raffia and twine become jump ropes and dreadlocks. The images are busy without being cluttered. English's simple narrative consists mostly of two to three sentences per page and ends on a gratifying note. This book cheerfully illustrates the significance of a short memory in a lasting friendship.–Catherine Threadgill, Charleston County Public Library, SC
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K-Gr. 2. Hot Day
is the story of two girls having a "never-going-to-be-friends-again day." Mired in stubborn silence on a hot summer day, Kishi and Renee refuse to do anything together--not even when Mr. Paul asks for help in his garden or when Miss Johnson suggests they make lemonade. The glue needed to put this duo back together comes in the form of a red-hot game of double-dutch, a siren's song to the eager players. The day's sleights are forgotten as the game kicks into high gear, one chant after another buoying the participants beyond the sticky temperatures. When the ice cream man comes around, a shared blue ice pop strengthens the bonds of friendship anew. English's story is engaging in its own right, but it is Steptoe's stunning, mixed-media illustrations that make the book soar like a champion jumper. Hopefully this summery charmer will prove the first of many collaborations between these two Coretta Scott King award winners. Terry GloverCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved