Thursday, August 1, 2013
Author: Linda Ashman
Illustrator: Christian Robinson
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Publication Year: 2013
Location: Knox County Public Library- Lawson McGhee
Awards: Kirkus starred review
Summary: A grumpy man who's mad about the rain lives next door to a boy who's excited about it. The engaging paint and collage illustrations use a dark palette for the man contrasted with a bright one for boy. The man hates his galoshes and overcoat while the boy is excited to don his rain gear. The two characters move through their days, interacting with those around them and spreading their moods to everyone. When they meet at a cafe, the boy's acts of kindness infect the man and his spread suddenly becomes bright too.
Classroom Ideas: The theme of the power of attitude is told subtly but can be understood by even the youngest reader.