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Singing in the Rain
Contributor(s): Hopgood, Tim (Illustrator)
ISBN: 125012770X     ISBN-13: 9781250127709
Publisher: Henry Holt Books for Young Readers
    OUR PRICE: $16.20  
Product Type: School And Library
Published: October 2017
Annotation: A picture book adaptation of the song Singing in the rain, which celebrates the glory of clouds and rain.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Children's songs, English; United States; Texts.
Rain and rainfall; Songs and music.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Performing Arts | Music
- Juvenile Fiction | Social Issues | Emotions & Feelings
- Juvenile Fiction | Nature & The Natural World | Weather
Dewey: 782.42
LCCN: 2016059605
Academic/Grade Level: Kindergarten, Ages 5-6
Book type: Easy Fiction
Physical Information: 12.25" H x 12.25" W x 0.50" (0.60 lbs)
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Contributor Bio(s): Tim Hopgood is the illustrator of What a Wonderful World, Walking in a Winter Wonderland, Hooray for Hoppy!, Wow! Said the Owl, and many other popular picture books. He lives with his family in North Yorkshire, England.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2018 Spring)
Based on the song by Arthur Freed and Nacio Herb Brown. Lyrics to the 1952 musical's title song span pages showing kids in colorful rainwear enjoying the elements, sometimes airborne via umbrellas Mary Poppinsstyle. Unfortunately, when the lyrics repeat, they read like filler. Not every great song merits a picture book, although the mixed-media art in Hopgood's third lyrics-as-text outing (What a Wonderful World; Walking in a Winter Wonderland) elicits a glorious feeling. Copyright 2017 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2017 October)

PreS-Gr 2— Hopgood continues his picture books based on song lyrics that he began with What a Wonderful World . This adaptation of the classic tune starts off with a familiar image—a child in a yellow slicker dancing around a light post in the rain. He continues to introduce his diverse cast of characters clad in bright rainwear with big umbrellas. They dance, splash and sing their way through a dark, rainy cityscape with pops of color (flower, worm, snail, a building, etc.) as yellow musical notes hang in the air. As the verse begins again, the children become airborne Mary Poppins—style and the scene transitions from city to rainforest. Now they dance, splash and sing their way through the rainforest—animals, waterfalls, lush vegetation, etc.—as their clothing subtly changes to reflect their location. The final line in the song sees them returning to the city amidst rain, musical notes, birds, and a bit of both landscapes. The evocative watercolor illustrations contain just the right amount of rainy darkness to heighten Hopgood's perfect and judicious use of color. VERDICT Catchy lyrics coupled with imaginative illustrations produces something completely new while paying homage to the source material. A good purchase for all libraries.— Catherine Callegari, Reston Regional Library, VA

Copyright 2017 School Library Journal.