Outstanding in the Rain, A Whole Story with Holes


Here’s a really fun book for all you creative types….

Title: Outstanding in the Rain, A Whole Story with Holes
Written and Illustrated by: Frank Viva
Little, Brown and Co., 2015, Fiction
Suitable for ages: 3-6
Themes/topics: amusement park, birthday, wordplay

Opening:  “Ice cream,” I say, my birthday surprise!
                 “Oh no!” I scream, with tears in my eyes.

Brief synopsis: A boy celebrates his fourth birthday with his mother at Coney Island.

Links to resources:
Activity page featuring wordplay is posted on the Parent/Teacher Resource page.

Why I like this book: SO creative! I love books that IMG_4736play with words, and this book not only plays with their sounds, but the graphic forms of the words as well. Each spread contains a hole that transforms words from one page to the next, and also the illustration. The wordplay does restrict the text though, resulting in a story that doesn’t sing as you might hope. But the fun of the holes definitely makes it worth spending some time exploring its pages.

Visit author Susanna Hill’s Perfect Picture Books for a plethora of picture books l
isted by title and topic/theme, each with teacher/parent resources.

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