Author & Illustrator: Dylan Glynn
Ages: 3 to 8 years old
Into every life, a little rain must fall. But, what if you are that rain?
Into every life, a little rain must fall. But, what if you are that rain? And nobody appreciates you? Sure, everybody likes sunshine. But let a rain cloud ruin your picnic, or flood your basement, or ruin your play date, and you are bound to be miffed. Such is the story of our hero, Rain Boy, a kid unlike any other.
Unpopular from the start, Rain Boy’s unpopularity intensified when he was caught in Sun Kidd’s shadow, a delightfully bright child from “somewhere on the other side of the planet.” Everybody wanted to be near her; magnifying Rain Boy’s problems. When she invites him to a sleepover birthday party, the kids taunt him with cries of “Rain rain go away.” Humiliating. Heartbreaking.
Sun Kidd, however, knows what true friendship is, and rushes to Rain Boy’s defense when the other children are cruel.
How their friendship develops, and how the other children react when both Rain Boy and Sun Kidd temporarily disappear from site, is a testament to friendship and how, when confronted with their own internal biases, people can overcome them and see truth.
By turning inward, people can see what is right in front of their own faces; if they allow it sufficient time to develop. Were it not for Rain Boy, people realize, the world would be a much duller place; both figuratively and literally.
Perhaps most importantly, children will understand that through the power of friendship, beautiful things can happen. Indeed, color can blossom in an otherwise lifeless sky.
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I’ve seen this picture book on social media. Now, I want to read it even more. Thank you!
I think you’ll love it; it really is a lovely book with an important message. We hope to see more work by Glynn soon!