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Soaked! -- Perfect Picture Book Friday


It's raining here in Illinois. We need it, and it makes for a perfect day to write a book review for this fun and funny book.


Title: Soaked!

Author and Illustrator: Abi Cushman

Publisher: Viking, July 14, 2020


Themes: Rain, Grumpiness, Friendship, Humor

Ages: 3 and Up



Opening Lines:

Look at all this rain.

Everything is dreary.

Everything is drenched.

And no one is happy.


Why I believe you will LOVE this book:


Late last year, Abi read her advanced copy of this book at a webinar I attended. She reads it perfectly. It is her book, but when you get your hands on this book, I want you to think, Eeyore from Winnie the Pooh and read the book like that. Take your time, read it slowly, then speed up, you'll know when, then slow it back down.


I received an advanced copy of this book so I could write this review. It comes out on July 14th, I I recommend you pre-order your copy today.


Don't you just love the cover? You'll love the inside too. Bear is a grumpy bear and the rain isn't helping matters. Fortunately, Bear has friends; a badger, a bunny, and a hula-hooping moose. What will they do on this dreary drenched rainy day?

The sarcasm, the illustrations, the sense of humor! You will love this book.


For teachers: this book offers wonderful alliteration, onomatopoeia, and opportunities to teach sarcasm and irony. But really, you can just use the book to have fun, laugh and get the grumpies out.


Activities and Resources:


Check out Abi's activity page.


Abi is doing a Blog tour as part of her launch for her book. Be sure to check out the posts and learn more about how she created this wonderful story.


As long as it's not thundering and lightning, go out and play in the rain.


Learn how to hula Hoop.

Have a hula-hooping contest.


Well, I am off to sing and dance in the rain. Cause, you know, you should "always look on the bright side of life."


Support your Local Indie Bookstore when you purchase a book.

Ask your library to purchase a couple copies of this book.


When I'm done dancing, I am going to try out this recipe for a flourless Almond-Honey cake. I have a feeling Bear would enjoy a piece or two. If you don't have all the ingredients, you could just make a piece of toast and drizzle some honey on it. YUM!


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