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