Ivy and the Lonely Raincloud


31945156Ivy and the Lonely Raincloud by Katie Harnett

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Received: Publishers Group Canada
Publication Date: 2017
Publisher: Flying Eye Books
Genres & Themes: Picture Books, Friendship, Emotions


BLURB:

Everyone loves the warm sunshine—except the lonely raincloud. No one wants to be his friend! But one day, he stumbles across a grumpy little florist . . . could she be looking for a friend too? In this charming tale, a solitary raincloud finds a way to make a sad little girl happy again, by using the very thing that most people dislike about him—rain!

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Well this one was enjoyable enough.

The illustrations are atmospheric and colourful. I was interested in the story, but now not so much in the two main characters: the girl and the lonely raincloud. The girl’s name is mentioned in the title but it’s never actually uttered in the story itself.

The story goes this way: a raincloud is lonely because he doesn’t have friends, so he decides to go find one. No one seems to enjoy his company so he looks and look… and eventually he finds the little girl.

Except, the little girl is grumpy all the time and doesn’t seem to like Raincloud either. We are never explained why she is grumpy all the time but we’re given the hint that it may have to do with the fact that she needs to water a ton of flowers at the florist’s shop where she works (family business most likely).

The part I don’t like is how Girl and Raincloud become friends: Raincloud starts to water the plants for her. I don’t know about you, but to me it feels as though Raincloud is so obsessed with making a friend that he’s willing to go as far as to do the Girl’s job and the girl, of course, is happy because she now has her own personal plant-watering servant.

I don’t know. It’s enjoyable but I’m not sure the message got across the way the author intended to.

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