Summer Legs

Anita Hakkinen, Author, Abby Carter, Illustrator Henry Holt & Company $24.95 (1p) ISBN 978-0-8050-2262-9
Hakkinen's debut emphasizes bouncy language at the expense of a discernible plot. While Carter's (Never Babysit the Hippopotamuses!) ebullient watercolor and gouache illustrations suggest a vague story about a family's summertime activities at a vacation cottage, the text is limited to a series of rollicking, rhythmic descriptions: ""Nice to see you summer legs/ Sunshine splashy summer legs/ Busy breezy over easy/ Splendid summer legs."" Despite the lack of development, the verse and the art combine energetically. For example, as Hakkinen rhapsodizes about ""Tingy tangy summer legs/ Sloppy sticky mustard drippy/ Family picnic legs,"" Carter shows the view beneath a picnic table, with a trio of children surreptitiously handing bits of their lunches to a satisfied dog. Ages 4-7. (Apr.)
Reviewed on: 04/03/1995
Release date: 04/01/1995
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