While not as clever as Museum Trip or The Red Book, Barbara Lehman’s Rainstorm is nonetheless a beautiful, intriguing book. School Library Journal‘s review: “In a mansion by the sea, a lonely boy finds a mysterious key under a chair. Curious to discover what it opens, he tries each lock until finally he succeeds in opening a large trunk with a ladder inside. As he climbs down the ladder, he finds himself in a passageway beneath the sea that eventually leads him to a lighthouse where a group of children and their dog become his instant friends. . . . This wordless story is straightforward but not predictable. The mystery of the key, the discovery of the passageway, and the obvious enjoyment of the children at play are all pleasantly depicted in brightly colored, simple watercolor, gouache, and ink illustrations.” Giggle factor: not applicable. Adult enjoyment: if you like art. Illustrations: five jelly jars.


~ by kaychubbuck on June 30, 2010.

2 Responses to “Rainstorm”

  1. […] Lehman’s Caldecott-winning The Red Book is presented in the same style as her Museum Trip and Rainstorm. Wordless yet lyrical, it follows the paired adventures of two children — one in a snowy […]

  2. […] Trainstop follows a similar formula to her other wordless picture books, like Museum Trip or Rainstorm, showing how an ordinary day can become extraordinary through an accidental twist of fate […]

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