Linda Davick is the illustrator of several picture books, including the New York Times bestseller 10 Trick-or-Treaters written by Janet Schulman; and We Love You, Rosie! by Cynthia Rylant; as well as her own Say Hello! and I Love You, Nose! I Love You, Toes!. She is also the author and illustrator of the Mimi’s World chapter book series. She lives in San Francisco in a one-hundred-year-old house by the sea.
A cheerful crew demonstrates some of the ways we can greet each other. A passel of multiethnic human children looks straight out of Colorforms with their round heads, google eyes, and broad smiles. Simple shapes in a palette of primary and pastel colors appear against a white background, and each suggested method covers a spread: "With a hug. // With a shake. // With a curtsy. // With a cake." The rhyming text appears in bold black letters that are easy for beginning readers to decipher. Some hellos are up-close and personal, such as a kiss, while others are meant to be sent from afar in a letter. Some are highly energetic: a dance of happiness. A smile offers a more subtle salutation. A few animals appear in this cast, too. A dog may acknowledge us with a wag of the tail, or we may approach a fish with a wiggle of the toes. In the end, youngsters are exhorted to "make someone's day" by saying hello. Skin color modulates from straight-up pink through beiges and tans to dark brown, though the pinky-peach end of the spectrum dominates. An upbeat if not essential celebration of a common courtesy.