Outstanding in the Rain, by Toronto-based author and graphic designer Frank Viva, takes readers on a fun-filled ride. They’ll whirl through its vibrant pages whose die-cut holes transform the words and illustrations before their eyes.
A young boy, celebrating his birthday with his mother at the Coney Island amusement park, encounters a series of mishaps that threaten to dampen his special day. He drops his ice cream cone on the ground. He shouts in his mother’s “ear” only to realize it was her “rear”. He gets caught in the rain. Luckily, the reassuring company of his mother and the kindness of strangers always make things better and brighter for the birthday boy. Kids will relate to the boy’s close-up expressions and telling body language during his surprise outing on the bustling boardwalk.
This book is entirely made up of double-page spreads blasting with colour, movement, and style reminiscent of mid-century pop art. Its complimentary palette of gold, brown, turquoise, tangerine, and buttery white helps evoke the lively setting from day to night. The author’s clever oronyms and rhyming schemes roll out like clockwork throughout the simple narrative; they are sure to get gasps and giggles from young and adult readers alike.
***Thanks to Tundra Books for letting me be part of the April Reading Club and sending me a gorgeous copy of this book.***