Picture Book Review–Hot City

Another picture book review by Jean Matthew Hall.

51LZgJLCeOL._AC_US218_The picture book Hot City by Barbara Joosse was published in 2004 by Philomel. It was illustrated by R. Gregory Christie.

In the summer many of us turn our thoughts toward beaches, pools, parks and lakeside vacations. But what do you do in the city on hot summer days?

Hot City follows a pair of siblings through a lazy day of sizzling sidewalks, snow-cones and city buses to the cooooolest place in town—which happens to be one of my favorite places, too.

If you and your kiddos are city dwellers you’ll especially enjoy this little journey with two self-reliant children. If you live in the suburbs or in a rural area you might enjoy reading Hot City and then discussing how your summer agenda is different from that of the main characters in this picture book.

I enjoyed the rhythmic text. But, the illustrations did not really strike a chord with me. It’s a good thing that not everyone shares my tastes, or what a boring world this would be! Discussing  Christie’s style might open up a great conversation between you and your kids about art.

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