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Grab a raincoat, pull on some boots, and head out the door for a joyful celebration of splish-sploshing in puddles. Squelch!
Yippee! Here comes the rain! Three families meet up in front of their high-rise apartment building, all with the same idea. The children can’t wait to stimp-stamp-stomp through the muddy puddles until their boots overflow—then snuggle with the grown-ups on the couch as their soggy socks dry. Emma Perry’s buoyant text summons the thrill of being outdoors regardless of the weather, while Claire Alexander’s lively watercolors capture the children’s exuberant play amid the splashing drops.
About the Author
Emma Perry is a children’s book author and a primary school teacher. She is also the founder of the children’s book review site My Book Corner and runs International Book Giving Day. Her picture books include I Don’t Like Books. Never. Ever. The End., illustrated by Sharon Davey, and This Book Has Alpacas and Bears, illustrated by Rikin Parekhi. Emma Perry lives in Bath, England, with her husband, two children, and two cats.
Claire Alexander is the author-illustrator of The Think-Ups! and A Little Bit Different and the illustrator of Humperdink Our Elephant Friend and The Snowbear, both written by Sean Taylor. Claire Alexander teaches classes on picture book writing and illustration online and at the House of Illustration in London. She lives in London.
This book delivers frolicking tots gamboling in said puddles—there’s mud, too—and offers up examples of delicious onomatopoeic words readers and listeners will delight in repeating as they mimic the kids’ activities. . . . This exuberant British import, written in staccatolike prose emulating the rapid patter of raindrops, is a rainy-day winner. The colorful, energetic digital illustrations appropriately resemble watercolors. . . . Jump right into this joyful charmer.
Rather than wishing the rain away, these young protagonists find that outside amid the elements is a fine place to play, especially when accompanied by clothes that keep them dry, despite the downpour. It’s a child-led adventure with a community focus that ends with everyone warm and dry.
Engaging illustrations, created digitally, show the enthusiasm and joy the children—dressed in vivid orange, royal blue, and pink jackets along with colorful boots—feel as they jump in puddles and run amok. Their antics brighten up the dreary, wet day established in the front endpapers, bolstered by sound effects sprinkled throughout the text. . . a great selection for beginning readers. Readers will get a kick out of watching, and perhaps envying, the children acting like children and getting wet and muddy to their hearts’ desire.
Alexander’s digital watercolor illustrations make a splash in Perry’s picture book full of outdoor rainy entertainment. . . . Caretakers and children will want to grab a warm drink and get comfy on the couch to read this on a rainy day.
—The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
Emma Perry’s ode to puddle-jumping youngsters is nothing less than joyful.
—The Virginian Pilot