Must Read Children’s Book: Rain!
For the grumpy man, a rainy day is cause for complaint, but for the boy, it is undiluted joy. The man dons his “nasty galoshes” and “blasted overcoat,” while the boy is delighted to put on his rain gear. The boy happily and energetically responds to the greetings of his neighbors as he hops like a frog into the puddles. The man snaps at everyone and harrumphs his way through the streets. At the aptly named Rain or Shine Café, they bump into each other, and the boy’s cheerfulness is rebuffed. But he is not about to let this setback ruin his enthusiasm. An act of kindness and a bit of role playing lead to a change of heart, a happier outlook and a big splash.
The simple text and illustrations are beautifully constructed and perfectly complementary. Ashman sets up the collision of disparate perspectives and imparts the essence of the tale in just a few well-chosen phrases. Robinson’s paint-and-collage digital renderings fill the city setting with crisp details. Altogether delightful!
About the Author: Linda Ashman’s children’s books have been named to the “best of the year” lists of the New York Times, Parenting Magazine, Child Magazine, New York Public Library, the Bank Street College of Education, the IRA/CBC and more. She lives in Chapel Hill, NC with her husband, son, and their two dogs.