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Wellington's Rainy Day Hardcover – May 1, 2011

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"Readers will not be surprised at the high level of gross-out they will encounter in Wellington's Rainy Day...Fortunately for the readers, Brooke Kerrigan's soft-coloured illustrations help to mitigate the stomach-turning details of the story. The artist's depiction of the long-eared canine and his feline arch rival, Honey, are quite irresistible, and her detailed pastel pieces perfectly capture the humour and the irony of Beck's story...That warning aside, Wellington's Rainy Day should provide noisy enjoyment for the 4 to 8-year-old set...Highly Recommended." (CM Magazine 2011-04-01)

"Kerrigan's ink and watercolour illustrations add to the offbeat scatological humour...The snappy writing is full of wordplay and would be fun to read aloud—the gross parts are sure to get a reaction." (Resource Links 2011-06-01)

"Kerrigan's comical, softly hued crayon and watercolor cartoon illustrations portray a seemingly clueless hound and a sneaky, fluffy orange cat." (School Library Journal 2011-09-01)

"This picture book's soft, endearing animal illustrations lull readers into a false sense of security, as the words tell a delightfully disgusting story." (Puget Sound Council for Reviewing Children's Media 2011-06-01)

"The rhyme and rhythm of Carolyn Beck's text support the sweeping nature of Wellington's day....The details in Kerrigan's illustrations add charm and whimsy, and children will delight in looking for small details." (CanLit for Little Canadians blog 2012-01-19)

"An interesting book that will appeal to a special audience...The gross factors are handled amazingly well." (BookLinx 2012-01-30)

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Wellington Wallaby Withers was most disgruntled.
Curled in his basket by the hearth, he groaned, "Fire's out, Master Horace. Can't bake my back."
Master Horace was asleep in his chair. Sn-ooo-re.
The maddening smell of freshly made meatloaf hung about the house. "But my bowl," Wellington said, "is empty." And, oh, how his nose smarted! Honey, that sour sneak of a cat, had swatted him again.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 480L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Orca Book Publishers (May 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1554692849
  • ISBN-13: 978-1554692842
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 0.4 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,628,717 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ionia Martin TOP 1000 REVIEWER on November 24, 2012
Format: Hardcover
The first few pages in this book were so cute that I was certain my boys and I were on the right track to finding a decent bedtime story for them that we had not read yet. The first couple of pages had cute illustrations and the story was forming nicely. Then we made the mistake of continuing to read. Seriously? This is classed as an acceptable kids book now? The dog raids the trash, eats his owner's dinner, pukes it up all over the house and then eats the puke and then lies, allowing the owner to think it was the cat's fault. Wow. If there has ever been a poor moral lesson for children, this might be carrying the torch in the parade. I am actually rather disgusted that anyone would think this was appropriate for kinds of any age.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sarah G. on February 9, 2012
Format: Hardcover
The book didn't read very smoothly, felt awkward read out loud. Then there was the gross out factor. This is the first picture book to actually make me gag. The dog barfs all over the place and then eats it all back up. revolting. I would not recommend this book. Glad we just checked it out from the library and didn't buy it.
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Wellington's Rainy Day took me by surprise in a very good way. I was expecting another boring comfort book, but surprise! This book covers some of the most disgusting but typical things that dogs do: drinking from the toilet and, yes, eating their own vomit. I laughed so hard, I nearly hurt myself. My four-year-old loved it as much as I did. In addition, the book's finale involves a cat taking blame for the dog's theft of a meatloaf - the same conniving cat who regularly gets the dog in trouble for things that the dog didn't do. If you appreciate a helping of humor and intelligent subversion in your children's reading habits, Wellington's Rainy Day should be at the top of your list!

Carolyn Beck is a masterful writer, capable of turning even the most mundane and even foul habits of animals into poetry. It takes a brilliant writer to make the squelchy contents of a trash can sound good enough to eat, but Beck somehow makes that happen! In Wellington's Rainy Day and her other stories, she dares to humorously and sensitively delve into topics that other children's writers have more typically shied away from. For readers who don't care for Wellington's gross-out moments, Buttercup's Lovely Day is a lyrical and zen exploration of all the good things a cow encounters during one typical day in a pasture. Dog Breath is a gentle and touching remembrance of a dog in the past tense, which sensitive readers will recognize as a eulogy.
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