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Illustrated by Sam Usher



About the Book

Sam and Granddad brave the rain and floods and have the best adventure ever!

Sam wants to go out, but it's pouring rain, so Granddad says they need to stay inside until the rain stops. Sam drinks hot chocolate and reads his books and dreams of adventures while Granddad does some paperwork. When Granddad needs to mail his letter, it’s time to go out—despite the rain and floods—and Sam and Granddad have a magical adventure. The follow-up to the acclaimed Snow, this is the second title in a four-book series based on the weather from creator Sam Usher.

Product Details

On sale: March 28, 2017
Age: 3-7 years
Grade: Preschool - 2
Page count: 40 Pages
ISBN: 9780763692964
Reading level: Fountas/Pinnell: J

Author Bio

Sam Usher’s first book, Can You See Sassoon?, was long-listed for the Kate Greenaway Medal and short-listed for the Red House Children’s Book Award and the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize. Snow, the companion book to Rain, was long-listed for the Kate Greenaway Medal. He lives in England.


Young readers will feel exhilarated by this altered reality, etched out brilliantly with lithe linework and gorgeous washes of color. When Granddad and the boy climb aboard a boat and encounter a carnival boat party, readers will revel in the expansive, exciting scene: goofy gondoliers, bouncing musicians, jingling jesters, a picnicking king and queen, a dark-skinned family enjoying teatime, flapping flags and pennants, soaring polka dots and stripes. Bright, colorful joy for the rainiest of days.
—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Written with simplicity for the very young, the text supports the wonder of imagination in children of all ages and the understanding of special family relationships between generations. A first purchase recommendation for all libraries.
—School Library Journal (starred review)

The simple story line is made magical by Usher’s watercolor-and-ink artwork, a mix of Bob Graham and Quentin Blake, but his charming elaborations give the pictures a feel all their own. This is especially true in the spreads that capture the blurry, mesmerizing moments of rain—and the sunshine moment when you step outside.
—Booklist Online

Usher is a storybook wizard, using simple first-person language to tell a story that resonates with children.