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How Hot Was It?
By Carol-Ann Hoyte
A review of How Hot Was It? by Jane Barclay
Published on April 1, 2003
How Hot Was It? Jane Barclay
How Hot Was It? (Lobster Press) A boy tells of his activities and describes the intensity of the heat during a scorcher of a day. Throughout his account, he poses and answers the title question with cumulative rhyming responses such as “It was a muggy, sluggy, hair-teasing, air-squeezing, can’t-get-out-of-bed, both-legs-filled-with-lead kind of hot.” Jane Barclay’s descriptions create striking images. Illustrator Janice Donato succeeds in using expressions and positioning of characters to convey their reactions to the heat and its effects on them. mRb
Carol-Ann Hoyte is the Quebec English-language regional coordinator for TD Canadian Children's Book Week and organizer of monthly mixers for Montreal anglophone children's book authors and illustrators.