Look, It’s Raining

Princeton Architectural. Sept. 2019. 40p. Tr $17.95. ISBN 9781616898281.
PreS-Gr 2–Lazy Sundays become the foundation for investigation and discovery in this story celebrating the beauty and wonder of nature. Camille is at home with her parents one Sunday, and everyone is keeping to themselves. But Camille is bored, and she decides to venture outside, where she finds herself caught in a rainstorm. The creatures she sees are all on their way to a “show,” and Camille’s curiosity inspires her to tag along. What she sees is enough to combat her boredom and to get her and her parents out of their house. Bright, vibrant illustrations bring the feeling of being in Camille’s backyard into readers’ minds. The text accompanying these images is likewise detailed, using elegant simile and metaphor to create a sensory experience. Shorter text and large visuals make this book accessible to young children, but the book’s appeal stretches to older readers, as well. The story’s design leads to an inevitable guessing game about what the “show” really is, culminating in a silent, mesmerizing, and impactful moment. As Camille encourages her parents to venture outside with her, so too does her story inspire readers to discover the “shows” happening in their own backyards.
VERDICT A beautiful pairing of sensory text and illustrations creates a perfect invitation for readers to investigate the world around them.

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