Duck and Hippo in the Rainstorm

illus. by Andrew Joyner. 32p. Amazon/Two Lions. Mar. 2017. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781503937239.
PreS-Gr 2—A sweet story of friendship between a proper hippo and a vivacious duck. One spring day, Duck knocks at the door and invites Hippo to take a walk in the rain. With very little convincing from Duck, tentative Hippo dons his yellow rubber wellies and bow tie, and once they figure out how to share an umbrella, they begin their adventures. They have a grand time walking, jumping, and splashing. They even figure out, through trial and error, how to sail down the creek in the umbrella. When they sink in the pond, Duck has a moment of panic while looking for his friend in the water. No worries. They both regain their soggy footing until Duck is carried away by a strong wind. All's well that ends well, and they make it back to Hippo's house just as the sun comes out. Though the book is a tad wordy, the large cartoon art is lively and engaging.
VERDICT This unlikely duo show that friendship comes in all shapes and sizes and pals are there for each other through thick and thin. Sure to be a storytime staple.

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