Synopses & Reviews
Sometimes being small can have its advantages. If youre a little cloud like Cloudette, people call you cute nicknames, and you can always find a good spot to watch the fireworks. But what about when you want to do something big, like help a giant garden grow, or make a brook babble?
This charming book gets at the heart of what it means to make a difference no matter your size. Young children will find much to relate to in Cloudette as they follow her on her pursuit for greatness.
"Lichtenheld, the illustrator of Shark vs. Train, turns in a quieter story about a small cloud and her search for a place to fit in (if the scenario recalls 2007's The Police Cloud, rest assured Cloudette stands on her own). It's not that she isn't popular with the larger clouds 'Everybody called her cute little names' but that she wants to do things like 'make a waterfall fall,' things that are 'big and important.' And bigger clouds have a monopoly on creating storms, watering crops, and replenishing rivers. Sprinkled with punny jokes, Lichtenheld's polished spreads show Cloudette as a simple, scalloped-edged puff who looks mighty dejected as she tries to be useful. 'Sorry, it's all done by machines,' explains a man outside a marvelously retro car wash. Cloudette eventually finds a fine place to rain and gathers a raft of admiring comments. That Cloudette is neither bullied nor intimidated is an important point; she's the one who feels she has a special gift to give, and she solves her problem independently. Neatly constructed and nicely pitched, the message of self-reliance comes through as clear as a cloudless day. Ages 3 7. (Mar.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
“Her [Cloudette] tale raises questions relevant to little children: Is there anything good about being small? Will I ever be as good as the big kids? What do clouds do anyway? Theyll like the answers.” -The New York Times Book Review
"Cloudette gives a sky-high and playful perspective on our atmosphere and giving the world all that we have." --UrbanBaby.com
“Little people who feel small and want to do important things will be inspired by Cloudette and will cheer when she finds her own pond-making mission.” --BookPage
“Lichtenhelds depictions of Cloudette puffing herself up for a fulsome downpour will delight children, and funny turns of phrase (“Even the higher-ups were impressed”) will engage adults, too.” -Kirkus Reviews
“Reminiscent of the determination and courage of The Little Engine That Could, this title delivers its message with charm.” -School Library Journal
“The creator of Bridgets Beret (2010) offers here another appealing story featuring a plucky heroine. Applying a full-color palette to his watercolor, ink, and colored-pencil cartoons, Lichtenheld makes use of varying page space and panel techniques to add subtle details to his narrative.” -Booklist
“That Cloudette is neither bullied nor intimidated is an important point; she's the one who feels she has a special gift to give, and she solves her problem independently. Neatly constructed and nicely pitched, the message of self-reliance comes through as clear as a cloudless day.” -Publishers Weekly
About the Author
Tom Lichtenheld has written and illustrated many popular books for children, including Bridgets Beret; Everything I Know about Pirates; and What Are You So Grumpy About?. He is also the illustrator of the New York Times bestselling book, Duck! Rabbit!, which he created with Amy Krouse Rosenthal. He lives in Geneva, Illinois, with his wife, Jan.