PreS-Set in the city on a hot summer day, this joyful book presents a high-energy portrait of a young girl. With her mother at work and her brother at camp, she has "nothing to do" and a case of "the summertime blues" that can only be cured by dancing. From breakfast to dinner, she is in perpetual motion as she and her grandfather spend a busy day playing outside, going to the zoo, and enjoying a rainstorm. The story ends on a happy note as everyone comes home and Momma makes dinner. Both text and illustrations seem to be in motion as the child twirls around on the street, runs through the water from a hose, and bounces on her bed. The large watercolor illustrations are part cartoon and part impressionistic. With washes and bleeds forming backgrounds and highlights, the pictures look like energy itself. The text includes plenty of rhyming words and a catchy beat. A refreshing looseness allows all of this motion, verbal and visual, to be inviting rather than frantic. An upbeat tribute to the vitality and freedom of a preschooler.-Liza Graybill, Worcester Public Library, MA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Nakata's joyously exuberant watercolor illustrations flow gracefully throughout this story of an African-American child's summer day filled with playful dance movements. The unnamed little girl and her grandfather spend the day together, making pancakes, playing on the sidewalk, and visiting the zoo, with some additional solo activities for the child, such as bouncing on the bed and playing dress-up. Each activity inspires a different type of unstructured dancing by the little girl, with her grandfather often joining in. Sometimes the dancing is purely imaginary (hopping like a penguin or twirling up into the clouds in shoes with wings) and sometimes the movements are related to actual dance varieties such as a jig or tap dancing. The hand-lettered text describing the dancing activities is not as agile as it should be for a dance-themed story: sometimes it's hard to read aloud, and sometimes it stumbles in rhyme or rhythm. The story strains for agility and comes across as rather pedestrian, but the bouncy illustrations are full of razzle-dazzle that fulfills the promise of the title. (Picture book. 3-5)