Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4
Genre: Picture book
What did you like about the book? This is a sweet book about the loving relationship between a boy and his Jjajja (grandfather) and how stories can make a long rainy day come alive. Throughout the long rainy day, a young boy wishes he could ride a supernova or cross the ocean to Zanzibar. His Jjajja helps him see that everything they do together can be the basis for a story, real or imagined. Digitally finished pastel artwork evokes the moods and locale of the story, and the little boy’s eyes are so expressive as we see him enjoy the people and places his grandfather tell him about. Although the setting is Uganda, the theme is universal.
To whom would you recommend this book? This is a lovely one to share when you want to talk about storytelling, take a virtual trip to another place, or for multicultural units. Especially nice for kids and their grandparents.
Who should buy this book? Elementary school and public libraries
Where would you shelve it ? picture books
Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Stephanie Tournas, Robbins Library, Arlington, MA
Date of review: July 25, 2018