Published by Knopf Books for Young Readers
Summary: “City summer, steamy sidewalks/concrete crumbles, sirens screech.” Walking through the city with his owner, this dachshund is truly a hot dog! Finally, he goes on strike, lying down in the middle of a busy street. His owner scoops him up, hails a taxi, and heads to the train. Before he knows it, the dog is cooling off on “an island…wild and long and low.” The two have a refreshing afternoon there before heading back to the city where dusk has brought a welcome coolness. Time for dinner and then “ready to leap into a deep ocean sleep” where he dreams about the seal he met on the beach. 40 pages; ages 3-8.
Pros: An idyllic summer book where the illustrations perfectly capture the sweltering heat of the summer and the cool relief of a trip to the beach. The words and illustrations transition from short phrases and hot colors to longer descriptions and cooler colors. Not to be ruled out for Caldecott recognition.
Cons: These two take a day trip from what appears to be New York City on a sweltering summer day to an island that appears to be populated only by seals, so we must definitely classify the story as a fantasy.