Wednesday, April 10, 2013


by Linda Ashman, illustrated by Christian Robinson
Houghton Mifflin, 2013.  Unpaged. Picture book

     Rain is just one thing but it evokes different reactions.  In this simple and charming picture book Grumpy Old Guy and Happy Young Boy both exclaim at the "Rain!"  Grumpy Old Guy is mad; Happy Young Boy is glad, glad, glad!  The two make their way through the rainy day until they meet at the Rain or Shine cafe. GOG has coffee, black.  HYB has hot chocolate and a cookie.  When GOG leaves his hat behind, HYB chases him down.  They trade hats.  Grumpy Old Guy looks surprisingly perky in Happy Young Boy's frog hat--his mood and his tune are changed and he jumps in a puddle on his happy way home.  A fun and un-pushy book about choosing to be happy, no matter what.

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