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Step right up! Step right up to the amusing amusement park! It's a whole story, and the pages have holes!Watch the holes transform pictures!Turn an umbrella into a cake and balloons into ice cream!See the holes transform words!Turn an ice man into a nice man and see fork handles turn into four candles!Outstanding in the Rain will turn any gray day into one that is Grade A!Step right up! Step right up to the amusing amusement park! It's a whole story, and the pages have holes!Watch the holes transform pictures!Turn an umbrella into a cake and balloons into ice cream!See the holes transform words!Turn an ice man into a nice man and see fork handles turn into four candles!Outstanding in the Rain will turn any gray day into one that is Grade A!From the creator of New York Times Best-Illustrated book Along a Long Road and A Long Way Away, picture book master Frank Viva does it again, this time with astounding die-cuts that transform both words and pictures in delightful ways, while telling the story of a young boy spending his birthday at Coney Island, in search of his heart's desire....

Title : Outstanding in the Rain
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ISBN : 9780316366274
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 32 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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Outstanding in the Rain Reviews

  • Forrest
    2019-02-19 19:07

    Short, like this review, and brilliant, unlike this review. Children's books are much more innovative and well-designed than when I was a child. This one could be used as a textbook on graphic design, regardless of what you think of the art and the "story". Of course, it was too short, so it loses a star. "But it's a children's book," you say "give it some leeway"!To which I say: "You punk kids get off my friggin' lawn!"

  • Crystal
    2019-02-07 19:42

    I often enjoy books with holes to peek through, but the text seemed forced and didn't make a cohesive story to me. I still enjoyed the art and some of the word play, but it's not a favorite for me. I think children will still like playing with the holes.

  • Carrie
    2019-02-10 18:57

    I was given a copy of Outstanding in the Rain for review curtsy of Tundra Books. The first thing I noticed when I received my copy was the artwork. I was completely amazed at how beautiful this book is. (I really wish my phone would stop acting up and let me insert some pictures.)The story its self was cute, I loved how it was told with holes in the pages, how after each turn of the page the hole took on a whole new life. I read this out loud to my wee one and she rather enjoyed it finding it cute as we went from hole to hole. One of our favorites would have to be the subway train windows on one page turning into the toothy grin on the boy on the next.Overall the images are the major selling point of this book. Just absolutely lovely.

  • Sandra Mendoza
    2019-02-15 18:05

    This book I saw as problematic because the author is trying to accomplish two things at once. The author is trying to convey his story and introduce how words make up other words.I feel like you kind of lose interest in the story. You are focusing more on the words than the actual story plot of the book.

  • Kendra
    2019-02-10 21:58

    Visually, very appealing but the text is lacking. I like the overlays making new words when the page is turned. Some seem a little forced as if they tweaked the text so it would work out with the illustrations, rather than them seamlessly working together.

  • Beth
    2019-02-02 21:58

    I'm not gonna lie: books with flaps and die cuts at best make me dubious, at worst make me cranky. They often feel like more of a novelty than serve an important purpose to the story. So when I saw that Outstanding in the Rain's subtitle was "A Whole Story with Holes" I might've rolled my eyes a little. Especially because, once again, the focus of this book was on the "holes" and therefore lacked flow. I did somewhat like the ending, but overall this book just didn't work for me.

  • Angie
    2019-01-23 21:41

    The color choices were fun. The setting was fun (because who doesn't love an amusement park?). The cutout holes were fun. The way the letters transformed to mean something else on the next page was fun. and a birthday! We love birthdays!Still. Can't help but feel like it fell short and never realized the potential. it felt forced.

  • Anne
    2019-02-08 20:00

    The artwork is awesome, the concept is cute but... it just doesn't flow very nicely. Some of it seems awfully forced. And I'm sure the holes are going to take a beating at the library (wish the pages were a stronger material).

  • Kimberly
    2019-02-14 20:56

    The concept is clever but there's no continuity in the story. I don't think it would hold up to re-reads.

  • Kristina Jean Lareau
    2019-02-10 23:45

    A fun retro feel with wordles that actually tell a story. However, it doesn't feel as unique as it could with the overly-nostaligic feel and digital imagery.

  • Liza Nahas
    2019-02-06 23:55

    Awesome illustrations with clever cut-outs!

  • Maggie KutsBorg
    2019-02-14 18:02

    Take away the gimmicky die-cuts and this book is just plain bad. Add them back in and it's ... still bad, but at least it's ambitious.

  • JoAnna
    2019-02-17 21:07

    Three-line review: This simple story about a day out at a fair is told with pages that have holes in them. In this way, the story is told both by reading the present page and looking back on the previous page once it is flipped. Complicated, right? While I like the idea of this book -- an innovative take on using a lack of page to build on the story -- the flow is lost in an attempt to be creative and doesn't feel complete or whole (pardon the pun).

  • Ron
    2019-02-02 16:47

    This book was recommended to me by the mother of kindergarten twins. It isn't a very large book. The pages are unique in that they have holes in them that show pictures from the next/previous page as you turn the pages. It is a pretty unique graphic style of writing (which I've seen before).

  • Lyrical Librarian
    2019-01-26 19:54

    This was fun to read; my daughter liked to predict where the hole would appear on the left hand page after we turned it. The word play is clever, and shows how just a little change can create an entirely different meaning. A good book to explore with your kids.

  • Dewey
    2019-01-28 22:10

    I don't even know. It was weird, and the color combinations with the words and illustrations made the book way too busy for me.

  • Storywraps
    2019-02-12 21:03

    Illustrator and writer Frank Viva is a Toronto-based artist and remembers his Coney Island childhood trips with his parents in New York. He reproduces these memories in his outstanding book which is targeted for ages 3-7 (but I know it is ageless, I'm living proof). He captures the thrill and excitement of the crowds, the giant wooden roller coaster, the Cyclone, and of course the Deno's Wonder Wheel. He invites us along as he recalls the wonderment of the vendors selling cotton candy, the tantalizing ice cream cones, the inviting Italian ice, and best-in-the-world hotdogs just waiting to be scarfed. Eyes open wide as shady fortune tellers and mind-boggling freak shows lure you in for a visit. The plot of the story is very simple. A young boy and his mom decide to celebrate his fourth birthday at Coney Island. The boy indulges in his favourite ice cream, enjoys a picnic on the beach, and enjoys many of the rides. Alas it begins to rain, causing a mass exodus, (the little boy and his mom included), to board train D and head off for home. A fun day is terminated.So what is so exciting about Frank's book? He brilliantly chose a five colour palette for his illustrations. They bend and stretch in a retro graphic style. Then he strategically places die-cut holes to create new words and images with every page turned. This fun, unique design causes pure child-hood delight. The book is an interactive playground as you read through it. He cleverly uses oronyms throughout (two phrases that are pronounced the same but mean different things). The words and the pictures play and connect creating a delicious celebration of life! I highly recommend this book. Be sure to check out my interview wit

  • Bonnie Ferrante
    2019-01-21 15:45

    Frank Viva is well known for illustrating The Boston Globe, The New Your Times, Time, and Esquire. His wonky illustrations translate well into children's picture books. His first picture book was listed as one of The New York Times Ten Best Illustrated Books of 2011. So, I did have high hopes when I received this free hardcover copy of Outstanding in the Rain.The inside cover is a double-page spread of a fair ground. The title page shows a mother watching her son receive an ice cream from a vendor. On the next double spread, the cutouts begin. "'Ice cream,' I say, my birthday surprise!" reads the text. There is a hole cut below the word ice showing the word cream printed on the next page. When the reader turns the page, the hole flips to the other side and becomes part of the little boy's face. He has dropped his ice cream and now screams with tears in his eyes. Behind the hole, the roof from the subway train is transformed into his teeth. This is a great beginning, grabbing the attention of a small child.The story continues with mom and child going down a long slide. The text reads, "I shout in her ear this is one crazy ride! But that was her rear I just about cried." The illustration does not depict the child talking into her "rear" very clearly. The text continues on like this, sometimes crisp and engaging, other times stumbling. But the holes are disappointing, none as clever as the first.If this is a child's first "hole" book, he or she will be enthralled with the technique. I have seen this done several times before, sometimes with great ingenuity. Pam Adams comes to mind. This is an good book, but I would not call it "outstanding."I received a free copy of this book for review.

  • Mark
    2019-02-04 21:52

    A boy’s amusement-park birthday becomes a die-cut celebration for all.As the D train pulls into Coney Island, anticipation builds. On this gorgeous day, the park beckons with food, rides and games. Mother treats son to ice cream, adventures, a beach picnic and more, while Viva treats readers to stunning spreads recalling the joys and trials (spilled ice cream!) of childhood. Graphically compelling, the linocut style and limited palette recall Matisse, but this is also an exploration of die-cut storytelling. Cutouts highlight and reveal words, shapes and patterns. Great attention is given to ensure that these track. The word “cream” appears in a die-cut window under the word “ice”; that “cream” becomes “scream” when the page is turned and the treat dropped. However, whether they highlight the heart of the story is debatable, and the often forced rhyming text falls short of the work’s visual achievement. As the night train approaches and rain sprinkles down, the boy receives a new cone, offering contentment and closure to a memorable day.A visually splendid birthday jaunt is a bit dampened by its text.-- Originally from Kirkus Reviews

  • Kimberly
    2019-02-03 16:47

    Outstanding in the Rain is a colorful, whimsical trip to an amusement park. It's unique in that the book contains holes in which small parts of the text or illustrations are shown from the following pages to create sections of the scenes, then transform when the pages are turned. I really liked the concept. I remember having books similar in style to this when I was a kid. I'm not sure how well the pages will hold up to repeated readings. I am more familiar with this style in a board book where the pages are thick and durable. However, after the design is where my interest in this book began to wane. The story lands just this side of cohesive. My 4-year old had a hard time following along, which left her seeming confused as to what was going on in the story. It was almost as if the illustrations came first and the story was added, sometimes forcibly, to fit the pictures. Also, I see the sporadic structure of the text being difficult for newer readers. Overall, I find the concept and illustrations progressive and vivid, but the story could have been a little easier for small children (the intended audience) to have followed.

  • Wanda
    2019-01-28 20:40

    I received a copy of Frank Viva's "Outstanding In the Rain" compliments of the Goodreads Firstreads Giveaway and appreciated the opportunity. I did enjoy reading through this short picture book geared towards a toddler audience. The "holes" and hidden words add to the "suspense" and fun for the child being read to. It is a cute little tale about a boy who attends the local fair for his birthday. A few unexpected events, in the end lead to a happy day overall. I do feel that the author made a bit of a stretch with a few of the phrases, could have been a bit cleaner and creative with the ideas presented. The graphics have an unique antique quality to them with the color theme chosen (browns, reds, blues, yellows). I think any child reading this book would enjoy it!

  • J
    2019-02-17 22:41

    Frank Viva's illustrations in Outstanding in the Rain are enjoyable to look at with a unique brownish background throughout a lot of it, but the text portion just fails to excite. I would use this one on one with a child and point out all the interesting things occurring in the illustrations. I can't see using this as a regular storytime book, however. The 'story' or what there is of it, just does not excite and often feels like Viva is forcing words to work through the cut out section rather than making sense. As a result, the final product is somewhat uneven such that you get more from looking rather than reading.

  • Juliana Lee
    2019-02-19 18:05

    Die-cut illustrations tell the story of one boy who spends his birthday at the Coney Island. Each cut-out leads the reader to the next adventure. His ice cream cone on one page, becomes his screaming mouth on the next when a dog laps up his fallen cone. Older reader will not only enjoy the cut-outs, but they will love playing with the words in each one. For example, a sandwich become sand which is where they stop to eat their lunch.

  • Becky B
    2019-02-13 00:03

    Viva tells the story of boy's birthday party at Coney Island. Thanks to strategic placement of die-cuts, phrases on one spread show through to the next, and phrases are just subtly tweaked to provide a different meaning.I like the clever usage of die-cuts in this and kids should like the word play. Once again, I struggled with the color scheme. There's something about people with fluorescent orangey-pink skin that I just find off-putting. But that's my personal preference and has no real impact on the overall story.

  • Barbara
    2019-02-03 23:01

    In this creative book, a young boy and his mother head to an amusement park to spend the day. A series of die-cut illustrations of different shapes reveal different scenes and different words, fashioned from the previous scenes. For instance, colorful balloons become a frozen treat in one change. The book features clever word play and stylishly engineered images and text that will keep readers on their toes. Not for the faint hearted or those that like to have everything spelled out for them clearly, this picture book is well executed and fun.

  • Sandra Strange
    2019-02-02 16:09

    I need a category for "English teacher kids' books" like this one. The title gives you a clue to the book--"Outstanding in the rain" becomes "Out standing in the rain." The rest of the book plays with similar phrases, using holes to show the part that holds the most meaning as the meaning changes on the next page. Very cute--I would use it as a stimulating starter for my creative writing class, having students find and illustrate their own double reading word group. Upper elementary kids might also enjoy this fun bit of creativity with language.

  • CarolVanhook
    2019-02-01 17:03

    Two great 2015 children's books worth pairing for read-alouds and booktalks: Outstanding in the Rain by Frank Viva, mother and son story + Sidewalk Flowers by Jon Arno Lawson and Sydney Smith, daddy and daughter story. Both are A+ outstanding 2015 children's literature! What a delightful story! Frank Viva does a masterful job of describing a WHOLE day at the carnival from beginning to end for a little guy and his mom! What a heartfelt story. The ending will melt your heart!!!

  • Lauren
    2019-02-13 17:56

    Each two page spread has some part of the page cut out so that the page behind fills in the blank. As you turn the page, perspectives change, the story continues. The illustrations are busy, possibly overwhelming for some. But the novelty of turning the page to see how the holes are incorporated into the next image should keep some readers busy for hours.

  • Jeremy
    2019-02-01 23:48

    Why are the pretty ones always so dumb [picture books, that is]? Every time I read a Frank Viva book I get all excited by the visuals, but end up disappointed by the words. If someone would give him a half-decent story to work with, he could turn it into a masterpiece with his ingenious artwork. If you're looking for a co-author, give me a call, Frank!

  • Shannon Brasher
    2019-01-19 23:00

    I did not really care for this book and would not purchase it for my classroom. I think the book loses its flow a little bit by forced rhyming as well as did not seem to have much of a story behind it. I did like the color choices and the illustrations, but the story is lacking and my three year old even commented that she did not care for this book.