City sounds and heat, brought to life with searing oranges, give way to cool, tranquil greens and blues, as a dog and its human sojourn to the beach for fun and relaxation.


From the 2023 Caldecott press release:

In “Hot Dog,” readers are transported to a busy city where everything is just too much. The city sounds and heat are brought to life with the use of searing oranges, then a series of tranquil cool green and blue panels as they sojourn to the beach to run, dig and relax. This is a timeless story of love and friendship between a dog and its person.

“Through changing color palettes and shifting borders, Salati creates a striking background for his narrative of bonding between a very warm dog and his human,” said Caldecott Medal Committee Chair Dr. Robert Bittner.

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