Richard Jackson (Author) Chris Raschka (Illustrator)

Product Details

$17.99  $16.55
Greenwillow Books
Publish Date
March 26, 2019
10.2 X 9.0 X 0.4 inches | 0.85 pounds

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About the Author

Richard Jackson was a long-time editor at Atheneum Books for Young Readers and the critically acclaimed author of a number of books, including Have A Look, Says Book., illustrated by Kevin Hawkes, which Publishers Weekly proclaimed "a shoe-in for the bedtime rotation;" All Ears, All Eyes, illustrated by Katherine Tillotson; and This Beautiful Day, illustrated by Suzy Lee, which received three starred reviews.
Chris Raschka is the illustrator of The Hello, Goodbye Window, which was awarded the Caldecott Medal. He is also the illustrator of the Caldecott Honor Book Yo! Yes?; Charlie Parker Played Be Bop; Mysterious Thelonious; John Coltrane's Giant Steps; Can't Sleep; In the City; and The Magic Flute. He lives with his wife and son in New York City.


"In quirky verse with splashes of wordplay, Jackson gives voice to the emotional life of a sensitive puddle. . . .Raschka paints life at puddle level, observing its surface splashed by raindrops, disturbed by pedestrians, and illuminated by what's above it. . . .Jackson finds a new way to say that anxiety isn't fixed by worrying; instead, sometimes it changes into joy all on its own."--Publishers Weekly
"A self-conscious puddle. . .finds purpose as she interacts with her environment and reflects the world's beauty while finding her own. . . .Expressionistic paintings, done in watercolor with gouache, play like music. . . .Luminous and lovely, with colors to fill the soul."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"The playfully lyrical text is enjoyably quirky with its hints of rhyme and musical repetitions. . . .Raschka's watercolor and gouache art suffuses the pages with soft, blurred color that contrasts with the more solid figures of animals and kids."--Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"Complex and thoughtful. . . .Masterful watercolor and gouache illustrations. . .are enhanced by an effective book design and creative use of fonts. Vibrant, unusual, and beautiful, this deep Puddle 'is, indeed, a sight to see.'"--ALA Booklist (starred review)
"Jackson's lively and poetic text and Raschka's humor-filled paintings help children grasp the idea of empathy and perspective: even a puddle can have its own point of view."--The Horn Book
"Raschka's signature nearly abstract gouache and watercolor illustrations transition from gray-blue to a slowly brightening wash of colors as the puddle transforms from despondent to elated, matching the tone of Jackson's jaunty rhyming text. A winsome and uplifting tale of an unusual protagonist."--School Library Journal