Coolest Place in Town

Coolest Place in Town

by Kathy Caple
     
 
Siblings Hank, Dory, and Zoey are hippos who, on the hottest day of the summer, squabble for the coolest place in town. "Caple has real insight into the typical behavior of the young, and unfailingly enhances her themes with empathy spiced with wry humor." -- School Library Journal

Overview

Siblings Hank, Dory, and Zoey are hippos who, on the hottest day of the summer, squabble for the coolest place in town. "Caple has real insight into the typical behavior of the young, and unfailingly enhances her themes with empathy spiced with wry humor." -- School Library Journal

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Caple perfectly portrays the common childhood experiences of ``melting'' on what is surely the summer's hottest day and, even more frustrating, of being pushed around by a bossy older sibling. Hal and Zoey think they have escaped the heat by lugging out their old wading pool. They remain impervious to sister Dory's teasing (``Look at the babies!''), but Dory, knowing a good thing when she sees it, soon tricks them out of the pool and settles in, seemingly immovable--until the boys come up with a wily plan that routs Dory and lets them keep their cool. Children will sympathize with the boys' predicament and relish their deft piercing of Dory's maddeningly superior, blase pose. Caple's snappy dialogue, her simple but clever plot, and her winsome hippo characters have the direct childlike appeal of Marc Brown's Arthur books and James Marshall's George and Martha. Ages 5-8. (Mar.)
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-- Two hippo brothers, Hank and Zoey, are sweltering with the summer heat when they discover a small plastic pool in the basement. It looks like a great way to cool off--until their older (and larger) sister cons them out of the pool, and plants her lumpiness into it. No amount of ingenuity on the part of the younger hippos can budge Dory--until they cunningly invite some passing teenage boys to see their pool. Dory's humiliation is total when she is found languishing in a ``baby pool,'' and she runs into the house with a towel over her head. Hank and Zoey's revenge is sweet as they finally find that their pool is ``the coolest place in town.'' Caple has real insight into the typical behavior of the young, and unfailingly enhances her themes with empathy spiced with wry humor. The story line progresses smoothly from problem to solution through a clear, simple text, leaving readers grinning in triumph. The watercolor, cartoon-style pictures, full of mood and motion, are well executed in pleasing colors. They complement the engaging text, providing that irresistible combination necessary for bringing books and young children together. --Mary Lou Budd, Milford South Elementary School, OH

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780395515235
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
Publication date:
02/07/1991
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.57(w) x 10.32(h) x 0.37(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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