Picture Book Review: Rainy Days

Rainy Days by Deborah Kerbel

Rainy Days
by Deborah Kerbel (Goodreads Author), Miki Sato (Illustrator)

5 out of 5 stars

Children play outdoors in the rain, or stay indoors if there is thunder and lightning. They rescue worms from the sidewalks, and sail little paper boats in the streams created by the rain. The children make “rainy soup” in buckets, and even paint with mud. As long as they have their rainboots, coats, and umbrellas, they can have fun in the rain!

The mixed-media art style is absolutely phenomenal. The bright colors are attractive, and every page is so beautiful! I love that you can see the different layers in the artwork. You can almost feel the texture of the tissue paper, cardboard, and fabric on the page. My favorite things are the little beads that look like raindrops! There are so many tiny details in each scene that I could spend several minutes looking at each page. I am literally in awe of this gorgeous art!

The text is simple, but enchanting. The story is told in rhyming couplets for each page, and it brings me back to a simpler time in childhood. I am very picky about rhyming text in children’s books, and I was so delighted with the polished style of this story. The rhymes are good and the rhythm makes sense. The text flows along naturally, and is a delight to read out loud!

This is not a board book, but the pages and the cover are very sturdy and thick, just right for little hands. This charming book will remind both adults and children that there is joy to be found in simple happy things… like a rainy day.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a free and honest review. All the opinions stated here are my own true thoughts, and are not influenced by anyone.

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