Priscilla and the Splish-Splash Surprise
Nathaniel Hobbie & Jocelyn Hobbie
Little, Brown & Co., 2006 (2006)
Reviewed by Hilary Williamson
he star of
Priscilla and the Pink Planet
is back for more color-coded adventure in verse. It had been dull weather for days - '
Each day the sky darkened. It thickened like soup. / Finally, the whole sky just seemed to droop.
' There's a Dr. Seuss flavor to both Nathaniel Hobbie's rhymes - '
It came down in buckets. It came down in sheets. / Rain flowed like rivers through backyards and streets
' - and Jocelyn Hobbie's zany illustrations.
ored by the rain, Priscilla, who '
belongs to the do-what-you-gotta-do group
' read, exercised, played, and even did a few chores. But the rain kept falling and she developed cabin fever. Having decided on a '
', she '
stomped, splashed, and spun
' outside. Then she spotted two eyes gazing at her. Gathering her courage, Priscilla approached them and made a new pixie friend, who taught her to see her drenched surroundings, and all the critters who '
live for the rain
', in an entirely new way.
riscilla and the Splish-Splash Surprise
is an ideal book to read together on a rainy day, when there seems to be nothing to do - it just might encourage kids to look for the '
worlds within worlds
' that Posy the pixy showed to Priscilla.
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