HOT-CHA-CHA! by Josephine Nobisso

HOT-CHA-CHA!

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KIRKUS REVIEW

The recovery of the lost key to the playground gates leads to a spontaneous, exuberant outpouring of fun. Unlocking the playground, Maria and her friends immerse themselves in pure revelry, replete with swinging, double-dutch jumping, hula-hooping, and roller-skating. Adults as well are drawn to the festivities and soon a mother is spied skate-boarding with abandon. The infectious rhythm of Nobisso's rhymes move the tale through the fundamental questions at the heart of storytelling--the who, what, why, when, where, and how of a story: ""Why'd she flaunt the key from the cookie jar?/To be fresh?/To be shockin'?/To be ha-ha-har?"" Holub's vibrant, color-laden illustrations complement the rousing tale. Each gaily colored spread features a happy array of children laughing and interacting, united in play. The book successfully conveys the undiluted rapture of an afternoon well spent at the playground.

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 1998
ISBN: 0940112183
Page count: 36pp
Publisher: "Winslow (770 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach, FL 33483)"