"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
"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
"Kerrigan's comical, softly hued crayon and watercolor cartoon illustrations portray a seemingly clueless hound and a sneaky, fluffy orange cat." (School Library Journal
"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
"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
"An interesting book that will appeal to a special audience...The gross factors are handled amazingly well." (BookLinx
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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.