cover image Rainy Day: A Little Moral Story About Worry

Rainy Day: A Little Moral Story About Worry

Dan Yaccarino. Workman, $5.95 (22p) ISBN 978-0-7611-8735-6

In one of three board books kicking off the Happyland series, Yaccarino introduces a trio of friends named Bink, Clyde, and Glub-Glub. Awakening to a rainstorm, fishlike Glub-Glub—somewhat ironically—“did not like the rain. He worried about going outside.” But go outside he does, in an orange slicker and boots, and when he sees Bink and Clyde dancing in puddles, their happy enthusiasm proves infectious. Yaccarino makes smart use of his limited text—his wordless spreads say quite a bit about his characters’ feelings—and his clean, brightly colored cartooning and lightly delivered message will make readers want to spend more time with this trio. Available simultaneously: Birthday Cake and Big Berry. Up to age 4. Agent: Rebecca Sherman, Writers House. (Aug.)