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Annotation: A Hula-Hooping moose, a badger with a bumblebee umbrella, a rabbit in a cashmere sweater, and a very wet bear star in th... more
Catalog Number: #238809
Format: Perma-Bound Edition from Publisher's Hardcover
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Publisher: Penguin
Copyright Date: 2020
Edition Date: 2020
Pages: 40
Availability: Available
New Title: Yes
ISBN: Publisher: 1-9848366-2-5 Perma-Bound: 0-7804-8620-X
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-1-9848366-2-5 Perma-Bound: 978-0-7804-8620-1
Dewey: E
Language: English
Kirkus Reviews
Three woodland creatures persuade a fourth to have some fun in the rain.The first drop of rain hits the bear on the title page. “Look at all this rain,” says the bear in the opening pages. “Everything is dreary. / Everything is drenched.” A wet badger, bunny, and moose with a hula hoop are seen standing in the rain. “[N]o one is happy / And especially // not me.” The moose, badger, bunny, and bear retreat from the rain to the bear’s cave, where things are too crowded for hula-hooping. But back outside, where it seems that the badger has a blue umbrella just like the bear’s missing one, things are very splashy. The other animals persuade the grumpy bear to try the hula hoop, and the bear’s reluctant delight at the watery fun is a joy to see. Cushman’s animals are endearingly expressive and her rainy woodland settings, nicely realistic. The ungainly moose looks amusingly graceful with hula hoops, the bunny is dashing in a knit turtleneck, and the badger appears smugly happy with the blue umbrella. Umbrellas with bear-shaped handles and bees on blue canopies decorate the front endpapers, and bright hula hoops adorn the back ones.A charming and good-humored reminder that a little rain can’t truly spoil the merriment.
Publishers Weekly
-Look at all this rain- reads the first page of Cushman-s impressive debut. Digitally finished pencil drawings show the gloomiest of days: stubborn-looking gray clouds hang in the sky, which is streaked with rain. A saturated badger, bunny, and hula-hooping moose-each one eccentrically imagined and rendered with lovely texturing-look appropriately dour, but none of them can match their comrade, a bear, who narrates, for Eeyore-ness. (And who can blame the bear, given that the rain has ruined its ice cream cone?) The path to happiness is circuitous and includes mordantly funny scenes involving the bear-s tight, stuffy cave (where the moose-s hula-hooping takes up way too much space) and a mysteriously missing umbrella (though readers will know instantly who swiped it). But eventually this misbegotten quartet-the bear most of all-discovers the joys of rainy day puddle splashing while hula-hooping. -Look at all this rain,- Cushman reprises, this time adding an exuberant -Everyone is SOAKED!- Visually elegant and character-driven to the hilt, this book makes the familiar make-lemonade story feel as fresh as the outdoors after a summer shower. Ages 3-7. Agent: Kendra Marcus, BookStop Literary. (July)
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2 It's starting to rain and no one is happy; not Badger, not Rabbit, not Moose, and especially not Bear. Rain ruins everything, from ice cream cones to sandcastles to cashmere sweaters. But Bear's cave is too crowded for everyone, especially with Moose, who is using a Hula-Hoop. After the group works together to try to rescue one of Moose's hoops from a tree, Bear falls into a giant puddle with the Hula-Hoop around him. Following some encouragement, Bear tries it out, and soon everyone is Hula-Hooping in the puddle and splashing around, soaked. Told from the perspective of Bear, this is perfectly paced with lots of visual foreshadowing to make for great dialogic reading, and children will enjoy following items from scene to scene. This humorous debut, full of expressive and winsome characters that are reminiscent of those found in Emily Gravett's work, is a great story about finding joy in the moment, whatever it might be, and learning to let go of your expectations. VERDICT A sure hit for any kind of weather, and every kind of story hour.Danielle Jones, Multnomah County Lib., OR
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Reading Level: 1.0
Interest Level: P-2

A Hula-Hooping moose, a badger with a bumblebee umbrella, a rabbit in a cashmere sweater, and a very wet bear star in this unpredictable and laugh-out-loud picture book in which having fun gets the best of a grumpy bear.

It looks like a wet and dreary day for Bear and his trio of friends. How could he possibly have fun when he is soaked? But Badger, Rabbit, and Moose don't seem to mind. In fact, Moose can still hula hoop! And it looks like so much fun. Might Bear like to try?

Here is a story that shows that fun is not dependent on sunshine and blue skies. In fact, it might be more fun to be soaked!

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