From Publishers Weekly
A boy and some imaginary animal playmates have fun despite the weather. "This delectable rainy-day adventure showcases McPhail's singular ability to blend fantasy and reality," said PW in a starred review. Ages 2-5. (Mar.)
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From School Library Journal
PreSchool-K?A puddle and a few imaginary friends create a rainy-day adventure for a little boy. While attempting to sail his toy boat across the puddle, the young narrator encounters an unruly frog who hijacks the boat and recklessly crashes it into a turtle floating on his back and drinking tea. The protagonist is unable to retrieve his boat since his mother told him to stay out of the puddle. A giant alligator kindly offers to rescue it, but crushes it in his powerful jaws. An elephant drinks up the water and sprays it all over the other animals. The sun comes out, the puddle dries up, and everyone departs. Back at home, the child's mother has a hot bath waiting for him, and he happily sails his boat in peace. McPhail's sweet, watercolor illustrations are presented as vignettes against white backgrounds. The text is evenly distributed under each picture, so readers can easily follow along. A good choice for snuggling or quiet time.?Susan Garland, Maynard Public Library, MA
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