Sunday Rain by Rosie J. Pova, illustrated by Amariah Rauseher


Sunday Rain by Rosie J. Pova, illustrated by Amariah Rauseher. Lantana, 2021. 9781911373971

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5

Genre:  Picture books

What did you like about the book? Elliot has just moved to a new house. He is immersed in a book, but when the rain stops he goes outside. He notices the nice smells of the damp neighborhood and how the neighborhood kids are playing in the puddles. This is the moment when he figures out how to get to know them: He ROARS, jumps in a puddle, and begins to imagine that he is in a boat filling up with water. The others join him and voilá! – they are all immersed in imaginative play together.

Elliot has brown skin, and his mom is Black and dad is white. I love that he is reading a book about a princess and a dragon. The book is a gentle read about a kid who loves his fantasy books, and uses his own fanciful imagination to engage kids in his new neighborhood. Appealing art in watercolor and charcoal with digital finishing is perfect for this cozy, gentle realistic story.

Anything you didn’t like about it? No

To whom would you recommend this book?  For ages 3-8, especially for families who have experienced a move.

Who should buy this book? Day cares centers, 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? No

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Stephanie Tournas, Robbins Library, Arlington, MA

Date of review: April 23, 2021

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