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Outstanding in the Rain

Outstanding in the Rain

Fall 2015 Picture Books
Ages: 3 - 6 yrs.
ISBN: 9780316366274
Hardcover Price: $18.00

Artist/designer Frank Viva ("Along a Long Road," "A Long Way Away") has created an off-beat treat with this playful celebration of oronyms (sequences of words followed by other sequences of words that are different, but sound the same). A little boy's Coney Island birthday trip with his mom starts and ends with ice cream, and along the way includes mishaps, carnival rides, lunch, birthday cake, fireworks, rain and a train. With a five-color palette suggesting ice cream-flavors (chocolate brown, red, cream, orange and blue), and with hand-drawn text and a striking graphic design, Viva signals his word play with cut-outs so that with a turn of the page "ice cream" becomes "I scream," "fork handles" becomes "four candles," "an ice man" turns into "a nice man," etc. Where Viva places the cut-outs (in a window, a wide smile, an umbrella and so on) adds to the fun.

Lynne Heffley   ©2015 Parents' Choice
A freelance writer and editor for the arts and non-profit organizations, Lynne is a former staff writer for the Los Angeles Times, where she established the paper's first weekly children's arts and entertainment beat.

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