Synopsis from No Brow Press:
Life is lonely for this little raincloud. If only he could find someone who liked rain! Then one day, he stumbles across a young florist who looks rather sad… could they both be looking for the same thing?
About: Ivy and the Lonely Raincloud is a children’s picture book written and illustrated by Katie Harnett. It will be published on 8/15/17 by Flying Eye Books, a children’s imprint of NoBrow Press, hardcover, 32 pages. The genres are children’s book, picture book, and fiction. This book is intended for readers ages 3 to 7 and grades P to 2. According to the publisher’s website, “Nobrow burst into existence in late 2008 as the joint creative endeavour of two friends and ex-St Martin’s alumni: Sam Arthur and Alex Spiro.” They “sought to bring new stories to life, as well as to revive well-worn yarns for new generations of people.” They also “speak with boldness because we are proud: of our team, our collaborators and our fans.” Please see below for more information about the author and publisher.
My Experience: I started reading Ivy and the Lonely Raincloud for my 5 year old son as a bedtime story on 6/12/17 and we finished it that same night. We read it again on 6/17/17. This book is very cute! My son likes how the raincloud ride the subway and ruin a wedding. I like the birds’ view of the street and buildings. I like the multiple pop of colors. I like the meaning of the story: emotions and unexpected friendship.
In this book, readers will follow a raincloud, feeling sad because the sun came out and scared all the other rainclouds away. He has no one to play with and he wants a friend. He attends a wedding but they scream at him to go away. He visits the park but no one there. Then he noticed a girl looking grumpy walking down the street. He thought maybe she is as lonely and needed a friend like him and so he followed her home. He follows her through the market, into the metro, and arriving at her home and all the while she was very angry still. He doesn’t know what to do so he rain on and on all over her flowers. The next day the flowers blooms and the girl was happy!
This book is very well written. My son reads it again on 8/10/17 mostly by himself. He likes the eyes on the rainclouds. He also likes how ugly the girl looks when she’s grumpy. This story is great for kids! It reminds kids to keep trying. The raincloud having no other rainclouds to play with so he went seeking for friends. When he follow the girl, she told him to leave her alone. Instead of giving up trying to find friendship in her, he keeps trying to think of what to do. This book is excellent for kids at school, library, or home and I highly recommend it to everyone!
Pro: emotions, unexpected friendship, illustration, determination
I rate it 5 stars!
About the Author:
Katie Harnett is an illustrator based in the United Kingdom. After graduating from the Illustration BA at the University of the West of England and the MA in Children’s Book Illustration at Cambridge, she now works on picture books, book covers and any other exciting projects that come her way. She is represented by Andrea Morrison of Writers House. (Author photo obtained from Goodreads, info obtained from author’s website, and book photos obtained from Edelweiss).
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***Disclaimer: Many thanks to NoBrow for the opportunity to read and review. Please be assured that my opinions are honest.