Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Singing in the Rain by Arthur Freed, Nacio Herb Brown and Tim Hopgood (OUP / Oxford Children's Books)

We've seen lots of books based on hit songs, but we think this one is definitely very timely and apt for the sort of weather we've been having lately...
"Singing in the Rain" based on the song by Arthur Freed and Nacio Herb Brown, with fantastic splashy illustrations by Tim Hopgood, is just the sort of feelgood book you need when you're stuck indoors on a rainy day.

Actually, the book positively encourages you to get on your wellies, grab a brolly and sing in the rain yourself, with each joy-filled page spread taking lines from the song and showing an amazing world of imagination and fun for young children.

It's actually such a brilliant idea we're surprised no one's thought of it before, and we particularly loved the fact that this version comes with a bonus song CD (sung by the legendary Doris Day) to listen to along with the story.

Whatever the weather, get on your rain gear and go splashing!
Tim's artwork is, of course, utterly beautiful. Every spread fits the lines perfectly.

Let your imagination soar, even as far as the rainforest!
There's tons and tons to love about this one, celebrating the boundless imagination of little ones with a song that just makes you feel fantastic on stormy days.

"Singing in the Rain" is out now, published by OUP / Oxford Children's Books (kindly supplied for review).