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HELLO, DAY! by Anita Lobel Kirkus Star

HELLO, DAY!

By Anita Lobel (Author) , Anita Lobel (Illustrator)

Age Range: 1 - 4

Pub Date: April 1st, 2008
ISBN: 978-0-06-078765-3
Publisher: Greenwillow/HarperCollins

Lobel once again demonstrates that in the hands of a skilled creator, simple is best. Ten farm creatures greet the sunrise with their characteristic voices, e.g., “The Cat said, ‘Meow.’ The Mouse said, ‘Eeeek.’ / The Rabbit said, ‘Pr-pr-pr.’ ” One side of each spread depicts the animal with the apposed, large-type text set against white with the sound in a correlating color. Last is the owl “whoo” welcomes the night. Other picture books have illustrated a similar theme and approach, but few have the panache of Lobel’s palette, flow, composition and brushwork. Her style is a luxurious blend of folk paintings, Monet-like imagery and irradiated color. The toddler set will squeal with delight, point to the animal, echo the sound and then say, “Read it again!” One hopes there’s a companion book for evening just around the corner. (Picture book. 1-4)