Sometimes Rain

illus. by Diana Sudyka. 40p. S. & S./Beach Lane. Oct. 2018. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781481459181.
PreS-Gr 1—Neither rain, snow, wind, nor mud deter four friends (two brother/sister pairs) and their dog from enjoying outdoor adventures year-round, as they delight in everything that nature has to offer. Each season brings its own fun, from splashing in puddles and sledding to building sand sculptures by the ocean and jumping into piles of leaves. Sudyka's gouache watercolor illustrations combine stylized realism with magical whimsy as fluffy clouds become unicorns and frosty breath unfolds into a flock of birds. Vividly detailed, her expansive spreads create a perfect counterpoint to Fleming's minimalist yet expressive rhyming couplets.
VERDICT A perfect pick for storytimes about seasons, nature, and friends. A wonderful choice for most collections.

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