Doodle-A-Day 7 (and a book review!)

Doodle-A-Day prompt for July 7th is…..STORM. Another ‘s’ word. S looks a lot like 5, and I am suggesting 5 days worth, so. . . No, not really a good excuse, is it? Too late!

If you’ve got a hankering to join the doodlers – go to Alison’s blog HERE.

And a HAPPY BIRTHDAY wish for my sister!

Taken right after a powerful one swept over last week.

Taken right after a powerful one swept over last week.

Photo by Richard Ford, found at


This picture book is just right for this prompt!


Author: Linda Ashman
Christian Robinson
Houghton Mifflin, 2013
Age Level: 4-8
Themes: rain, friendship, grumpiness
Opening: “Rain!”
Summary: (From Amazon) One rainy day in the city, an eager little boy exclaims, “Rain!” Across town a grumpy man grumbles, “Rain.” In this endearing picture book, a rainy-day cityscape comes to life in vibrant, cut-paper-style artwork. The boy in his green frog hat splashes in puddles—“Hoppy, hoppy, hoppy!”—while the old man curses the “dang puddles.” Can the boy’s natural exuberance (and perhaps a cookie) cheer up the grouchy gentleman and turn the day around? Scroll down on the Amazon page under Editorial Reviews for cool info and pics, like alternative covers and preliminary sketches.

Why I like this book: Recently I went to talk to first graders about making picture books and I took this one along to help discuss how the pictures can tell or add much to the story, so that’s one reason! It’s chock-full of story-telling images. It is also just plain sweet! I am just discovering Robinson’s picture books and am in awe. (Click on his name above for more to look at too.) And I am strongly reminded of Gyo Fujikawa in these illustrations, whose work I also greatly admire. Visit this pinterest page to view some of Fujikawa’s work.

Click on this image for another review on storyteller John Weaver’s blog

For my fellow PB writers: Linda mentions this about the text on her site: “There are just 78 words in RAIN!, but the manuscript submitted to editors had more than 1,000 words. Feel free to take a look at the manuscript below. And check out my messy storyboard as well.” So head over by clicking on her name above!

18 thoughts on “Doodle-A-Day 7 (and a book review!)

  1. Love your choice of word and pics. That illustrator is super. I can’t wait to see your name on a pb one day, Julie.


  2. There’s so much to learn from seeing the manuscripts and storyboards for books with low word counts. Thanks for calling this one to my attention!

    Love, love, love Linda’s books!


  3. Pingback: Monday Writing Magic: What Makes a Great Picture Book Story? | Picture Books Help Kids Soar

  4. I am starting a new link-up party this week for all things book and reading related on my blog, Mommynificent. I’d love to have you join us with this post and any others you’d like to share. Hope to see you at Booknificent Thursday this week and every week!
    Tina @ Mommynificent


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