You know how some kindness books are syrupy sweet and you just want to toss them out the window? Rain Boy is not one such book. Rain Boy was such an unloved youngster, no one wanted him around UNTIL…. But you’ll have to read the book to find out the until. Rest assured in this review, I won’t give away the secret!
What I am Reviewing
Debut author came out with a picture book helping young children learn empathy and how to demonstrate kindness to others in Rain Boy.
Published by Chronicle Kids, this hardcover tome runs 40 pages and is geared to the preschool to kindergarten crowd. I am reviewing it on behalf of Raincoast Books.
Wherever he goes, Rain Boy brings wet-which means he’s not very popular. Sun Kidd brings sunshine everywhere she goes, so everyone loves her. Only Sun Kidd sees what’s special about Rain Boy. But when she invites him to her birthday party, disaster strikes, and Rain Boy storms. Now the world is nothing but rain. Will the other kids ever love Rain Boy for being himself? And. more importantly, can Rain Boy learn to love his rain?
Details of Rain Boy
This is actually a hard book to talk about as the words I want to use to describe aren’t quite accurate. So let’s dive in.
This picture book is predominately about kindness and learning to expand what you thought was possible. Learning empathy is a big part as well.
All the children, including the Sun Kidd and Rain Boy had lessons to learn and Bylan Glynn leads us through them. With oodles of colour and expressive artwork, the designer Jay Marvel brought the story to life.
The large, clear font makes it an easy read for parents and teachers. The well designed illustrations bring out lots of talking points with young children. The fun of a playground, the joy of a party, or the sadness of a dark day.
This is a very sweet book. I loved how Glynn showed growth in all the children. The reality of how the children learned was so on point. It all fit.
If you are hoping to help your children see others more clearly, to look beyond themselves, Rain Boy just might be what you need. With the variety in illustrations (water colour, cut paper, pastels and pencil crayons) the colours and images are sure to delight.