Cover copyright 2008
A picture book, illustrated by Javaka Steptoe, published by Henry Holt and Company, 2008.
- Cooperative Children's Book Center Choice for 2009
- Finalist for Library of Virginia's Whitney and Scott Cardozo Award for Children's Literature, recognizing excellence in Children's Literature for ages 3-8.
At the park the sky grows dark...
Here it comes! cool drops splash down, scattering the grown-ups. But the children love romping in the rain, until--BOOM!
This joyous rhyming poem celebrates the many delights of a rainy day.
A Fuse 8 Production
Wonder is itself a difficult emotion to capture, but I think that Cotten and Steptoe do a stand-up job of working the book in that direction. For any kid that has celebrated in a warm summer rain, or has wanted to, this is a good little book.
The children in Steptoe's crumpled-tissue collages don't leave the playground when the sky darkens or the rain starts coming down more and more heavily--but come a FLASH! and a BOOM!, it's "Uh-oh. / Time to go. / Hurry, hurry, / scoot and scurry." Superimposed on the art's wrinkled surfaces, the text's short couplets won't be a challenge even for newly emergent readers, and the laughing, brown- and yellow-skinned figures dance through the elongated raindrops with infectiously joyous abandon. The stream of rainy-day tales never seems to abate, but this stands out as one of the simplest, both in language and feeling. (Picture book. 4-6)