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Sunday, January 26, 2014

The big wet balloon, a TOON BOOK by Liniers. Candlewick Press, Random House. 2013. $15.00 ages 4 and up

"This is how you
wake up on


Bless Candlewick Press for the brilliant books they publish for us every single season, and for finding the authors and artists whose books they bring to our attention! In his American debut, Argentinian cartoonist Ricardo Liniers Siri shows us that he most definitely understands the childish delight to be found in a rainy day. Oh,his daughters Matilda and Clementine, who provided the inspiration for this new TOON BOOK, do, too!

Matilda begins the day waking her little sister with promises of adventure. It's Saturday and everything is better on Saturday. So, they arise, have breakfast, with Matilda talking all the while. A glance out of the window has Clementine feeling blue. Matilda is reassuring, explaining that rain is FUN.

Giving instructions to prepare for the rainy outdoors is a bit frustrating, with misunderstanding causing a few laughs. Finally they are off...well, Matilda is ripe for running and jumping and enjoying every watery minute.  Clemmie prefers the dry porch with her teddy. She's not convinced she likes WET. It takes some effort, and a few incentives. But, it's worth it when the two share the awesomeness of a rainy day and the shimmering beauty of a rainbow. A gift to the rainbow is called for, a treasure lost and found, and the day ends with a touch of surprise.

In this endearing graphic novel, the artist entertains his readers with the joys and surprises of a family adventure. He creates warm images, and adds a perfect measure of humor to keep his audience attentive to the heartwarming details as the two sisters explore the wet world around them. If you are looking for books that inspire early reading, this is a book for you!

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