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Priscilla and the Splish-Splash Surprise    by Nathaniel Hobbie & Jocelyn Hobbie order for
Priscilla and the Splish-Splash Surprise
by Nathaniel Hobbie
Order:  USA  Can
Little, Brown & Co., 2006 (2006)
* *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

The 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.

Bored 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 'rain-stopping dance', 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.

Priscilla 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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