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Caldecott Honor artist David Shannon captures the chaos that follows an unexpected downpour in this engaging story.
Caldecott Honor artist David Shannon captures the chaos that follows an unexpected downpour in this engaging story.
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  • Caldecott Honor artist David Shannon captures the chaos that follows an unexpected downpour in this engaging story.

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    October 2, 2000
    Raindrops set off a chain reaction of temper tantrums, but a sudden break in the clouds makes the bad moods melt. A series of isolated vignettes begins with a noisy, muddy dog that aggravates its owner, so "the man yelled at the dog and woke up the baby.... The dog barked louder. And still, the rain came down." Outside, a taxi driver beeps at a stopped truck, and in the next frame, the truck driver argues back. One by one, shop owners collide with pedestrians as tension accumulates, all to the refrain, "And still, the rain came down." After this series of intense close-ups, Shannon (No, David!) gives a bird's-eye view of the whole scene: small-town storefronts, bumper-to-bumper traffic and irritable people. But in the next spread, he swings down to street level and captures the moment that "the rain stopped! And so did the noise." The sunshine changes everything, and a second sequence of highly detailed paintings revisits each of the now-cooperative characters. Shannon expertly uses vertiginous angles as he builds suspense, then calms things down with a set of subdued portraits and a view of a quiet afternoon picnic. However, unlike Charlotte Zolotow's similarly conceived The Quarreling Book, which took a child's point of view, here the action is primarily among adults and may not hold readers' attention for repeated readings. Ages 3-up.

  • AudioFile Magazine What can happen on a rainy Saturday? Plenty. What begins with some chickens squawking ends with a block full of frustrated and angry people as one thing leads to another. Bruce Johnson's gentle cadence is reassuring amid the tumult. He reads clearly and slowly so that young readers can follow along as the music and sound effects bring the story to life and give it depth. The upbeat music and Johnson's increasing tempo mimic the story's building tension without making the listener feel tense. An effective moment of silence at the story's climax allows the listener to feel the characters' relief when the sun finally comes out and the day returns to normal. J.K.R. (c) AudioFile 2009, Portland, Maine

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