And Then Comes Summer – Tom Brenner, illustrated by Jaime Kim


   And Then Comes Summer – Tom Brenner, illustrated by Jaime Kim, Candlewick Press, (9780763660710), 2017

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1- 5 (5 is excellent or a Starred review) 5

Genre:  Picture Book

What did you like about the book?  A joyful celebration of all that summertime brings.  Using a “When…Then” structure in the text, the author takes the reader from the first hints of summer through the Fourth of July and August’s dog days.  The illustrations are filled with children of varied ethnicities enjoying such summer pleasures as the end of school, ice cream treats from a truck, lemonade stands, hide-and-seek, fourth of July  parades and fireworks, trips to the beach and s’mores.  The lyrical text perfectly evokes the joys of summer: “WHEN daylight pushes back bedtimes, and crickets crick-crick in the evening air, and bugs big as thumbs bang against windows…THEN play hide-and-seek until darkness wins.”  This is the perfect book to share during the summer.

Anything you didn’t like about it?  No.

To whom would you recommend this book?  This is the perfect seasonal story for a summer stay time.  A nice one to share at bedtime, too.

Who should buy this book?  Public libraries and elementary school libraries

Where would you shelve it?  Picture Books

Should we (librarians/readers) put this at the top of our “to read” piles?   Yes

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City:  Catherine Coyne, Mansfield Public Library, Mansfield, MA

Date of review:  7/2/17             

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