Synopses & Reviews
By the author/illustrator of the bestseller Edward and the Pirates
What better thing to do on a rainy day than sail a toy boat in puddles? The boy in this story gets permission from his mother to do just that, with the condition that only the boat gets to go in the puddles. After he finds a perfect spot for sailing, the boy is joined by a frog who wants a ride on his boat. Then a turtle floats by, followed by a helpful crocodile, a pig in a swimsuit, and a very thirsty elephant. Brought to life in rich watercolor illustrations, this cheerful assortment of visitors could make a rainy day a happy adventure for any child.
"Through a series of whimsical watercolor vignettes, [McPhail] traces a boy's outing one drizzly afternoon to a puddle where he sails his toy boat. Though the little fellow heeds his mother's warning to stay out of the water himself, he gets wet nevertheless, thanks to a menagerie of fun-seeking visitors bent on splashy fun...A winning effort in all regards."-Starred, Publishers Weekly
"An especially charming, gently funny fantasy rooted in the here and now . . . The pictures, which are crucial, add all sorts of subtle comedy to the simple text." -- Booklist
"A good choice for snuggling or quiet time." -- School Library Journal
"Through a series of whimsical watercolor vignettes (McPhail) traces a boy's outing one drizzly afternoon to a puddle where he sails his toy boat."--"Publishers Weekly, " starred. Full color.
About the Author
is a popular author and illustrator of many books, including Edward and the Pirates
and Andrew's Bath
. He lives in Newburyport, Massachusetts