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The King Who Rained Paperback – September 1, 1988
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About the Author
Fred Gwynne, best known as the television star of The Munsters, was also the author-illustrator of many children's books, including his classic books of humorous homonyms.
Top Customer Reviews
Homophones are words that sound alike but are spelled differently or have multiple meanings, and this book is full of `em!! A little girl explains all the odd things she hears her family say, like "Daddy says he has a mole on his nose". The accompanying illustration has a tall, thin man (who looks profoundly like Mr. Gwynne himself) with a small, brown, furry subterranean mammal perched on his nose. Similarly, the girl's mother is "a little horse" sometimes and asks for the throat spray ("when I bring it to her, she calls me a little deer"). The title of the book itself is a wonderful play on words as well.
Mr. G. has written and illustrated three books of homophones, "The King Who Rained" as well as "A Chocolate Mouse for Dinner" and "A Little Pigeon Toad". He's also written a beautiful and very funny book about a girl taking her mutt dog to a dog show, "Easy to See Why."
All these books by Mr. Gwynne are easy to read and lavishly illustrated with large pictures. They're perfect choices to bring into any classroom to illustrate English homonyms and idiom. When I use them in class, I encourage students to create their own (of course, I also love to tell them a bit about Mr. Gwynne the actor, too!!). This and other works by Mr. G. come highly recommended!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is cute and will help any young leaner or ELL understand some "common sayings" using idioms and figures of speech!Published 1 month ago by Brandy
This is a super fun play on words with pictures. Kids might not appreciate it until they get the pun on words.Published 1 month ago by C - Mama Likes To Read Book Blog
Hysterical! Great for reading with kids...funny for parents and child. Awesome illustrationsPublished 2 months ago by Zipppahead
Isabella, not James: My son received this book as a gift more than 20 years ago. It was always one of his favorites. I bought it this time as a gift. Read morePublished 2 months ago by James R. Clark
One of my favorite children's books. My 18 month old nephew who can't read yet enjoyed the pictures while his father was laughing at the puns.Published 3 months ago by C. A. Kyrias
Loved this book when I was a kid and excited to read it to my nieces and nephewsPublished 3 months ago by Triumphanny