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One rainy day in the city, an eager little boy exclaims, “Rain!” Across town a grumpy man grumbles, “Rain.” In this endearing picture book, a rainy-day cityscape comes to life in vibrant, cut-paper-style artwork. The boy in his green frog hat splashes in puddles—“Hoppy, hoppy, hoppy!”—while the old man curses the “dang puddles.” Can the boy’s natural exuberance (and perhap One rainy day in the city, an eager little boy exclaims, “Rain!” Across town a grumpy man grumbles, “Rain.” In this endearing picture book, a rainy-day cityscape comes to life in vibrant, cut-paper-style artwork. The boy in his green frog hat splashes in puddles—“Hoppy, hoppy, hoppy!”—while the old man curses the “dang puddles.” Can the boy’s natural exuberance (and perhaps a cookie) cheer up the grouchy gentleman and turn the day around?


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One rainy day in the city, an eager little boy exclaims, “Rain!” Across town a grumpy man grumbles, “Rain.” In this endearing picture book, a rainy-day cityscape comes to life in vibrant, cut-paper-style artwork. The boy in his green frog hat splashes in puddles—“Hoppy, hoppy, hoppy!”—while the old man curses the “dang puddles.” Can the boy’s natural exuberance (and perhap One rainy day in the city, an eager little boy exclaims, “Rain!” Across town a grumpy man grumbles, “Rain.” In this endearing picture book, a rainy-day cityscape comes to life in vibrant, cut-paper-style artwork. The boy in his green frog hat splashes in puddles—“Hoppy, hoppy, hoppy!”—while the old man curses the “dang puddles.” Can the boy’s natural exuberance (and perhaps a cookie) cheer up the grouchy gentleman and turn the day around?

30 review for Rain!

  1. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    A very cute book about rain as viewed by a little boy (yay! frog boots!) and an old man (grumpy!). Their different perspectives -- until they meet, of course -- are illustrated by Christian Robinson.

  2. 5 out of 5

    m.

    read this for volunteering today and it was SO cute ❤️ just had to get that off my chest...

  3. 5 out of 5

    Tasha

    The perfect book to lift your spirits on a soggy spring day! When an older man wakes up and sees the rain, he is not happy. But when a little boy looks out at the same rain, he’s delighted. The older man grumbles through his preparations to go outside, while the little boy puts on his green boots, green coat and frog hat still happy with the gloomy weather. The old man grumbles about puddles, while you can see the joy of the child. They end up in the same café, the old man still grumpy with his The perfect book to lift your spirits on a soggy spring day! When an older man wakes up and sees the rain, he is not happy. But when a little boy looks out at the same rain, he’s delighted. The older man grumbles through his preparations to go outside, while the little boy puts on his green boots, green coat and frog hat still happy with the gloomy weather. The old man grumbles about puddles, while you can see the joy of the child. They end up in the same café, the old man still grumpy with his day and the young boy happy with cocoa and cookies. When the two bump into each other, it seems like the grumpiness rubs off on the little boy. But then he notices that the older man left his hat behind, and with a little joke and a shared cookie, a day is brightened. Ashman has written this book very simply, just in snatches of dialogue. Despite the simplicity, the mood of each character is clear in their words. It is made even more clear by the cut-paper illustrations that display each person’s mood with just a few lines. Readers will notice that the pages with the older man have others with grumpy faces while the pages with the the child have others with smiles. A book that is sure to have readers jumping merrily in puddles and dancing in the rain, this is an inspiration to look on the bright side of things and share your happiness. Appropriate for ages 3-5.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Erin

    Rain is the parallel stories of a cranky old man and a happy little boy who both wake up to discover a rainy day. They react very differently to their circumstances, and when they eventually cross paths the boy's sunny attitude rubs off on the cranky old man and turns his day around. There's not a ton of text in this book, making it suitable for a wide age range. Most of what's going on is interpreted through the drawings, and the facial expressions convey a wide variety of emotions. Our 3 year o Rain is the parallel stories of a cranky old man and a happy little boy who both wake up to discover a rainy day. They react very differently to their circumstances, and when they eventually cross paths the boy's sunny attitude rubs off on the cranky old man and turns his day around. There's not a ton of text in this book, making it suitable for a wide age range. Most of what's going on is interpreted through the drawings, and the facial expressions convey a wide variety of emotions. Our 3 year old could easily see how unhappy everyone was to be around the cranky old man, so we were able to talk about how being cranky can make other people feel bad too, and that being happy can do the same thing. Sounds heavy, but he loves this book and it's been on a nightly rotation with us for 3 renewals from the library. I also appreciate that it's one of the only multicultural books I've seen where that is NOT the main focus of the book.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Mid-Continent Public Library

    With minimal text and beautiful illustration, the reader follows an old man and a young child through a rainy morning in the city. Enjoy this one now by checking out a copy on Mymcpl.org or searching for it on Overdrive! - Reviewed by Stephanie at MCPL Reading Rocket

  6. 5 out of 5

    Luisa Knight

    A cute book about rain and the opposites of being nice and being grumpy. Ages: 2 - 4 Cleanliness: the words "blasted" and "dang" are used. #rain **Like my reviews? I also have hundreds of detailed reports that I offer too. These reports give a complete break-down of everything in the book, so you'll know just how clean it is or isn't. I also have Clean Guides (downloadable PDFs) which enable you to clean up your book before reading it! Visit my website: The Book Radar. A cute book about rain and the opposites of being nice and being grumpy. Ages: 2 - 4 Cleanliness: the words "blasted" and "dang" are used. #rain **Like my reviews? I also have hundreds of detailed reports that I offer too. These reports give a complete break-down of everything in the book, so you'll know just how clean it is or isn't. I also have Clean Guides (downloadable PDFs) which enable you to clean up your book before reading it! Visit my website: The Book Radar.

  7. 5 out of 5

    The Library Lady

    A grumpy old white man and a happy brown skinned kid both emerge from the same fancy city apartment building and into the rain. The man complains about everything, the kid enjoys everything, but what will happen when their paths cross? Can you guess? Predictable as can be, but with so much charm who cares? This won the Ezra Jack Keats award, and the child here is a fitting successor to Keats' Peter. A grumpy old white man and a happy brown skinned kid both emerge from the same fancy city apartment building and into the rain. The man complains about everything, the kid enjoys everything, but what will happen when their paths cross? Can you guess? Predictable as can be, but with so much charm who cares? This won the Ezra Jack Keats award, and the child here is a fitting successor to Keats' Peter.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    On a rainy day, a young boy and an older man react in totally different ways to the rain. A great example of how attitude plays a huge part in how we experience the world around us. This will be a useful picture book to discuss perspective and will make a fun book to act out.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Alana Abbott

    Scholastic sent Rain! with my child's book order as a replacement for a book I ordered that wasn't in stock. I have never been more delighted to not get my order. Rain! is the story of a little boy who loves the rain, an old man who hates it, and the way that a brief encounter (and a smile) can change the direction of a whole day. I don't frequently laugh out loud at the end of a picture book (Mo Willems's Elephant and Piggie books are the notable exceptions), but this one had me laugh with joy Scholastic sent Rain! with my child's book order as a replacement for a book I ordered that wasn't in stock. I have never been more delighted to not get my order. Rain! is the story of a little boy who loves the rain, an old man who hates it, and the way that a brief encounter (and a smile) can change the direction of a whole day. I don't frequently laugh out loud at the end of a picture book (Mo Willems's Elephant and Piggie books are the notable exceptions), but this one had me laugh with joy at the end. It's a delightful read with a fairly simple vocabulary that's likely to make children giggle along with their parents by the end. Also, kudos to illustrator Christian Robinson for the beautifully diverse cast and the modern African American boy who stars as the rainy day hero. This is a great selection for #WeNeedDiverseBooks campaigns.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Samantha

    It's a rainy day in the city and the story follows a grumpy old man and a cute little boy who end up at the same cafe. Both moods can be infectious, but the little boy's cheeriness wins the old man over when he returns his hat and offers him a cookie. Paint and collage illustrations give each page a lot of visual texture. The faces of the characters are so simple yet very well depicted. It was quite fun to spend a moment in this rainstorm as seen through two perspectives. It's a rainy day in the city and the story follows a grumpy old man and a cute little boy who end up at the same cafe. Both moods can be infectious, but the little boy's cheeriness wins the old man over when he returns his hat and offers him a cookie. Paint and collage illustrations give each page a lot of visual texture. The faces of the characters are so simple yet very well depicted. It was quite fun to spend a moment in this rainstorm as seen through two perspectives.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Tracie

    In parallel stories that delightfully converge, a young puddle-loving boy inspires a grumpy old man to turn his mood around. As always, Robinson's illustrations are expressive, energetic, and inviting. My 3-year-old loved this. In parallel stories that delightfully converge, a young puddle-loving boy inspires a grumpy old man to turn his mood around. As always, Robinson's illustrations are expressive, energetic, and inviting. My 3-year-old loved this.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Paula

    Ooh I love this little guy! He looks just like an old-style Fisher Price Little People person, with his little round head and little dot eyes and perfect green slicker.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Anthony

    So cute! I love Christian Robinson's illustrations. So cute! I love Christian Robinson's illustrations.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Camden

    Can I just say that I have a billion years of love for Christian Robinson for not giving Asian characters slant eyes? Thank you, Mr. Robinson. This was really cute.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Tonya-Denise Pettaway

    Another wonderful picture book about rain! Some love the rain, while others despise it. This book takes an adoring look at two very different opinions of one of nature’s blessings. A young boy and an old man begin their day in different parts of a city. The young boy is not deterred by the rain while the old man is quite upset by the weather. Throughout the book, the old man continues to display a bad attitude. The young boy, on the other hand, takes great enjoyment in the day and brings a smile Another wonderful picture book about rain! Some love the rain, while others despise it. This book takes an adoring look at two very different opinions of one of nature’s blessings. A young boy and an old man begin their day in different parts of a city. The young boy is not deterred by the rain while the old man is quite upset by the weather. Throughout the book, the old man continues to display a bad attitude. The young boy, on the other hand, takes great enjoyment in the day and brings a smile to the faces of those he meets. When they initially cross paths at a local café, the old man is still grumpy and continues to be curt and rude everyone, including the young boy. The young boy is briefly saddened by the old man’s rudeness. The old man leaves the café and the young boy sees an opportunity to extend kindness to the old man. He takes advantage of it and at first, the old man is quite irritated about being stopped by the young boy. However, the young boy’s selfless gesture melts the old man’s icy demeanor. Isn’t that just like a child? The pictures in the book were done by Christian Robinson. I feel he did a great job in how he portrayed the main characters and those that came into contact with the old man and young boy. It further proves the thought that attitudes are contagious, good ones and bad ones. The story has simple sentences and it is a fun book for early readers. I recommend this book for pre-k to second grade.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie Bange

    It’s a rainy day in the city. An older man wakes up and grumpily proclaims “Rain!” A few blocks away, a young boy rejoices “Rain!” Separately, the two prepare for a jaunt out in the weather, ultimately crossing paths at the Rise & Shine Café. A small courtesy by the boy transforms the man’s mood to a sunny one. Ashman has created a sweet slice of life story about the power of small kindnesses. Use of a bouncy setting for the text punctuates the boy’s zest for life, while the grumpy man’s words a It’s a rainy day in the city. An older man wakes up and grumpily proclaims “Rain!” A few blocks away, a young boy rejoices “Rain!” Separately, the two prepare for a jaunt out in the weather, ultimately crossing paths at the Rise & Shine Café. A small courtesy by the boy transforms the man’s mood to a sunny one. Ashman has created a sweet slice of life story about the power of small kindnesses. Use of a bouncy setting for the text punctuates the boy’s zest for life, while the grumpy man’s words are to the point and straightforward. Robinson’s paint and collage artwork pops from the paper, splashing in puddles and spreading joy in the city. His use of color matches the mood of the story perfectly. A perfect pick for rainy day reading! Recommended for PreS-grade 2.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Tori

    In this book, an old man and a small boy go out in the same rainstorm but have two very different days as the old man views the storm with a negative attitude and the boy has fun with it. In the end, the boy's kindness brings the old man around to a new point of view. Very few words per page, lots to discuss in the pictures. Brilliantly illustrated by Christian Robinson. Used this one for storytime after two weeks of torrential rain in my city (with flooding). Told the kids there was nothing we In this book, an old man and a small boy go out in the same rainstorm but have two very different days as the old man views the storm with a negative attitude and the boy has fun with it. In the end, the boy's kindness brings the old man around to a new point of view. Very few words per page, lots to discuss in the pictures. Brilliantly illustrated by Christian Robinson. Used this one for storytime after two weeks of torrential rain in my city (with flooding). Told the kids there was nothing we could do to change the rain, so we'd have to change our attitudes. Then we colored paper umbrellas. Honestly, one of the best storytimes I've done this season. Paired the book with Singing in the Rain illustrated by Tim Hopgood. They are a perfect pair.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Amy Layton

    This was...........so cute.........  With Christian Robinson's usual adorable style and Ashman's means of telling two stories that later convene, this makes for a fun tale of sharing perspectives and finding joy in the smaller things.  With a stark difference between our main characters--an older white grumpy man and a young, excited child of color--the two also have already formed their opinions on the dreary weather and find their own ways to express themselves.  But when their paths align, on This was...........so cute.........  With Christian Robinson's usual adorable style and Ashman's means of telling two stories that later convene, this makes for a fun tale of sharing perspectives and finding joy in the smaller things.  With a stark difference between our main characters--an older white grumpy man and a young, excited child of color--the two also have already formed their opinions on the dreary weather and find their own ways to express themselves.  But when their paths align, one grumpy man's heart begins to warm up a little bit.  It's a hopeful book, suggesting that even the grumpiest person can change their mood with the help of an optimistic child.  Great for children ages 2-4. Review cross-listed here!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Vivian Romero

    Robinson’s vibrant hues combined with Ashman’s simple statements juxtapose the rainy day experiences of a curmudgeon and a free spirited young boy. “Blasted overcoat” versus “It’s raining frogs and pollywogs.” Guess who said what. Let’s just say the one wearing a frog beanie doesn’t exclaim “blasted.” The story takes a turn when these two worlds collide initiated by the kindness of the young boy. During an attempted act of kindness, the young boy forces the curmudgeon to face his dispersal of do Robinson’s vibrant hues combined with Ashman’s simple statements juxtapose the rainy day experiences of a curmudgeon and a free spirited young boy. “Blasted overcoat” versus “It’s raining frogs and pollywogs.” Guess who said what. Let’s just say the one wearing a frog beanie doesn’t exclaim “blasted.” The story takes a turn when these two worlds collide initiated by the kindness of the young boy. During an attempted act of kindness, the young boy forces the curmudgeon to face his dispersal of doldrums. “You?” “You.” A bedtime read that I never tire reading. For more: www.theurbanimagined.wordpress.com

  20. 5 out of 5

    Samantha

    - Cute simple story about young girl cheering up grumpy old man during a rain storm - Shows how one simple act of kindness can turn around anyone's day - Very contrasting illustrations with each character. Bright colors are given to the child whereas more dark and dull colors are given to the old grumpy man until his day is changed. I enjoyed this book because I thought it was super adorable and a simple read but still conveyed a message of encouraging others. One small act of kindness can help cha - Cute simple story about young girl cheering up grumpy old man during a rain storm - Shows how one simple act of kindness can turn around anyone's day - Very contrasting illustrations with each character. Bright colors are given to the child whereas more dark and dull colors are given to the old grumpy man until his day is changed. I enjoyed this book because I thought it was super adorable and a simple read but still conveyed a message of encouraging others. One small act of kindness can help change the attitude of even the grumpiest of people.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Katie

    This book is completely adorable and might make grown-ups feel sheepish about their bad attitudes! A rainy day is compared through two perspectives: that of a little boy, and an old man. While the little boy thinks of all of the fun things he can do, the old man finds lots of reason to be grumpy. Great way to show different perspectives, and the subtle idea that we actually don't *have* to think of things in a certain way - especially a negative one. The end is so utterly cute I don't want to sp This book is completely adorable and might make grown-ups feel sheepish about their bad attitudes! A rainy day is compared through two perspectives: that of a little boy, and an old man. While the little boy thinks of all of the fun things he can do, the old man finds lots of reason to be grumpy. Great way to show different perspectives, and the subtle idea that we actually don't *have* to think of things in a certain way - especially a negative one. The end is so utterly cute I don't want to spoil it. Charming, funny, and earnest.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Aolund

    A sweet, simple story about a grumpy old man, depicted with white skin and a bald head, and a cheerful kid, depicted with brown skin and black hair, who encounter a rainy day with different outlooks. I love the kid's devotion to frogs, rain and friendliness, and the happy ending of the old man learning to be friendlier by the kid's example is sweet. The story is told solely in dialogue, so this might be easier for one-on-one or small group reading than for large group storytime. Age range: 2-5 Th A sweet, simple story about a grumpy old man, depicted with white skin and a bald head, and a cheerful kid, depicted with brown skin and black hair, who encounter a rainy day with different outlooks. I love the kid's devotion to frogs, rain and friendliness, and the happy ending of the old man learning to be friendlier by the kid's example is sweet. The story is told solely in dialogue, so this might be easier for one-on-one or small group reading than for large group storytime. Age range: 2-5 Themes: Rain, Friends, Social Emotional Learning

  23. 5 out of 5

    Kylie Bean

    A delightful story about a little boy and his mother going out and enjoying their day despite the rain. Meanwhile, a grumpy old man is cranky and annoyed by the rain and is making everyone around him upset. The little boy is able to cheer up the old man by a simple act of kindness. A wonderful lesson on sharing kindness with others and having a positive attitude. Simple text and pictures. The sparse text encourages the reader to discuss the story and pictures more. My three year old loved this s A delightful story about a little boy and his mother going out and enjoying their day despite the rain. Meanwhile, a grumpy old man is cranky and annoyed by the rain and is making everyone around him upset. The little boy is able to cheer up the old man by a simple act of kindness. A wonderful lesson on sharing kindness with others and having a positive attitude. Simple text and pictures. The sparse text encourages the reader to discuss the story and pictures more. My three year old loved this story about “the grumpy old man.”

  24. 4 out of 5

    Hannah

    This was a weird read aloud. I asked a lot of questions about what the kids thought was happening in some of the pictures. I worked hard to make this a very interactive book, and I added some extra dialogue. But I had to give it five stars, because one of the parents told me after story time that she thought this book was an awesome choice for story time for building empathy and emotional intelligence.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Brooke Milone

    This book shows how the old man was mad and grumpy with everyone being out in the rain. The little boy in the book loved it and enjoyed being outside in it. The old man and the boy meet each other at the end of the book and the little boy mocks him. The older man realizes how wrong it was to act that way and started jumping in puddles and enjoying his life. This book was very cute and made me smile when the old man started acting young again!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Katie

    A wonderful book about how one attitude can change another. An older grump of a man looks at the rainy day as a bad thing, while the young lively child loves to play in the rain. When the two meet, the unexpected happens. Recommended for: Reading aloud one on one. Few words, and pictures that tell the story make this one hard for storytime use. Would be great for discussing how your outlook can change a day, or how your mood may affect others.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    This cute book is completely dependent on the illustrations to tell the story. A young boy is super excited about the rain and has fun splashing in puddles and pretending to be a frog. At the same time an older gentleman is grumpy about the rain and is irritable and complaining to everyone. If you are a fan of "picture walking" through a book with kids, this could make a fun read aloud and spark discussions of feelings and attitude. This cute book is completely dependent on the illustrations to tell the story. A young boy is super excited about the rain and has fun splashing in puddles and pretending to be a frog. At the same time an older gentleman is grumpy about the rain and is irritable and complaining to everyone. If you are a fan of "picture walking" through a book with kids, this could make a fun read aloud and spark discussions of feelings and attitude.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Amy Oberts

    Spring-themed storytimes are sure to incorporate the topic of "rain," and this thoughtful story invites readers/listeners to move beyond the literal ramifications of weather to the more complex topics of feelings/emotions/behaviors. Powerful life lessons packed into small pages... Publication Date: 2013 Format: Board book Elements: Urban setting; diverse population Connection/Topics: Weather (rain) and how we respond to it (dress, moods, etc.); how one act of kindness can have a lasting impact Spring-themed storytimes are sure to incorporate the topic of "rain," and this thoughtful story invites readers/listeners to move beyond the literal ramifications of weather to the more complex topics of feelings/emotions/behaviors. Powerful life lessons packed into small pages... Publication Date: 2013 Format: Board book Elements: Urban setting; diverse population Connection/Topics: Weather (rain) and how we respond to it (dress, moods, etc.); how one act of kindness can have a lasting impact

  29. 5 out of 5

    Angela

    On a rainy day, a crotchety man grumbles his way through the morning spreading gloom while a young boy hops through puddles sharing his grin with all he passes. Linda Ashman and Christian Robinson show in this delightful picture book how two different attitudes and mood can run off on the people we come in contact with. No matter the weather, try to spread sunshine.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    Shows parallel stories of grumpy old man upset about the rain and a cute little boy excited about the rain. They literally bump into each other at a coffee shop, and meet up again when the boy hands the man the hat that he dropped. They switch hats, and the old man suddenly becomes playful and happy, pretending to be a frog like the little boy was doing earlier.

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