Hello, friends! Our book today is the very sweet Duck And Hippo In The Rainstorm, written by Jonathan London and illustrated by Andrew Joyner, the tale of two best friends spending an adventure-filled rainy day together.
As a light drizzle begins to fall, Duck heads over to her best pal Hippo’s house to ask if he would like to go for a walk in the rain. Hippo is unsure, but promises to go if they can share Duck’s umbrella. It takes a little cooperation to find a configuration that keeps them both dry, but they arrive upon a solution that works just fine. So begins a day of fun and adventure for the pair of friends, who find that even enjoying a stroll in the rain can have its challenges, but that win your best friend by your side, everything will work out okay.
We enjoyed this one! There’s a very classic, old-school sensibility to the plot structure: the friends never argue, there is no major conflict or obstacle (just small hiccups that are mostly easily overcome, often with teamwork), and the friends remain positive, supportive and good-hearted throughout. It makes for a rather cheerful and lighthearted read that we both enjoyed! The art is also inspired by classic storybooks: clean lines, expressive characters, and bright, simple colors make for a timeless look that was very engaging for JJ. The length was good, and this one left us with a smile. Baby Bookworm approved!