From School Library Journal
Kindergarten-Grade 4–Two African-American siblings sit on the front stoop of their apartment building on a summer day wondering what to do for fun. After spying on their mother and the "blah blah ladies" and trying to cool off with swiftly melting snow cones, Mimi and Joe make their way through the sizzling streets to the sanctuary of the public library. They gratefully drop down into the "smooth and cool" chairs with their books, eager to escape from the heat into the imaginary worlds of princesses and dinosaurs. Eventually, the children reluctantly venture back outside, and as they head for home, Joe aptly sums up their afternoon by stating, "It's good we came. Isn't it." This eloquently told story is boldly illustrated with evocative acrylic paintings in shades of orange, red, and yellow. A few wordless spreads fluidly depict Mimi's imaginary adventure as a fairy-tale princess, as she rides a pink unicorn and foils a robbery. Pair Joosse's outstanding book with Pat Mora's Tomas and the Library Lady
(Knopf, 1997), another tribute to the benefits of visiting the library and the joys of reading.–Linda L. Walkins, Mount Saint Joseph Academy, Brighton, MA
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PreS-Gr. 2. The library is cool, and not just in temperature, when Mimi and her active little brother, Joe, seek refuge there from the "dragon hot" city streets. This time the team who created Stars in the Darkness
(2002), about scary gang violence, tells an inner-city story that's affectionate and fun. First Mimi and Joe pour ice tea and pass cookies for Mama and the "blah blah
ladies." Then the kids slip out, slow and easy, and find the "cooooool" library, where they open the books and travel through time and space. The simple words are physical and immediate, and the gorgeous double-page spreads in Christie's signature painted-collage style show the kids' fabulous fantasy adventures: Mimi is a princess on horseback; Joe rides dinosaurs; and for pages the world is theirs. The contrast between the red-hot city scenes and the excitement the kids find inside books makes a great library poster. Hazel RochmanCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved