From School Library Journal
Kindergarten-Grade 2-A gentle mood piece about the relationship of a father and son after a divorce. Nick is visiting at his dad's new apartment and the weather spoils their plans for the day. Still, they make their own fun by splashing in puddles, dodging waves at the cold shore, playing in the stream at the park, and just enjoying being together. Realistic renderings of father and son are set on impressionistic backgrounds. This contrast causes the characters to stand out as though they were photographed through a diffusing filter. Rinaldi varies the layout and angles so that the pictures appear to be "shot" from different heights and perspectives. This reassuring book is a good choice for parents and caregivers seeking stories that deal with divorce or separation.
Roxanne Burg, Thousand Oaks Library, CA
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The text is spare, the illustrations evocative, and the premise will resonate with children whose fathers live elsewhere. A young boy waits anxiously for his father to appear so they can go to the fair. But rain begins falling and plans have to be changed. Without a destination, there's an unspoken awkwardness between father and son until Dad buys Nick some rubber boots, and the boy begins to stomp and splash. They go to a park, follow the stream, look at the sea. There is activity, then there is quiet, as Nick and his father sit together, watching the water, waiting for the sun to break through the overcast sky. Nick tells his father, "I miss you." "Me, too," his dad responds. "All the time." Rinaldi's pictures are an intriguing mix of realism and dreamy scenic backgrounds. Nick and his father look so real they seem to be out of photographs, but they are set against ethereal, impressionistic backgrounds that capture both the physical reality of rain-washed days and the characters' moods, which shift in a way that is reminiscent of clouds making and remaking themselves. A subtle, effective piece. Ilene Cooper
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