JUVENILE FICTION / Imagination & Play JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Friendship JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / New Experience
An imaginative adventure that helps a new place feel like home
Elliott has just moved into a new house. He spends his days with his fictional friends, immersed in a book. When an inviting Sunday rain gathers the local kids to play in the puddles, Elliott longs to join in, but he's too shy to go outside. Soon, Elliott discovers that new friendships are like a new book—you just have to plunge into the adventure.
"While a storm rages on the other side of the ship curtains at his bedroom window, Elliott buries himself in a book. A princess endlessly fights a dragon and a watercolor sea keeps 'swallowing the royal boat,' with Elliott at the helm. Later, he peeks out shyly at two puddle-jumping children on the sidewalk. 'Make some friends while I finish unpacking,' his mother urges. He joins them with a toy boat. Soon the S.S. Elliott is life-size, the puddles are an ocean and the dragon is a kite. Elliott's new house feels like home."—The New York Times Book Review, 8 Picture Books about Imagination and Identity
"The imagination-fueled adventures will restore your faith in the kindness of kids"—Parents Magazine, 5 Parents-Approved Children's Books to Read Right Now
"After moving to a new home, a child seeks friendship.
Elliott, who presents as a child of color with medium-brown skin and curly brown hair, is reading in the bedroom of his new home when he hears noises outside. Mama, who has a slightly darker complexion and darker hair of the same texture, encourages him to go play in the light rain, where other children are splashing in puddles. Once outside, Elliott draws on the story he was reading to enact an imaginary play scenario with a toy boat and dragon and princess characters. Though the brown-skinned princess appears in the cover art, the neighborhood children, who have pale skin and straight hair, end up taking on a bigger role as they happily join Elliott. Watercolor-and-charcoal illustrations with a pleasing, soft visual texture transport both the new friends and readers on a journey across the sea, to an island, and back to the city block again. Elliott returns home to find his parents serving supper (a White-appearing unnamed second parent is present on one spread). At the book's end, Elliott returns to his book and then drifts off to sleep after reading its happy ending, delivering the same sort of conclusion to readers of this picture book.
A quiet, sweet story blending common themes of moving, imagination, and friendship." —Kirkus Reviews—Journal
"Any kid who's struggled to make friends will appreciate this book's bigger message: Being a little brave can pay off immensely. From the window in his bedroom, Elliott sees kids in his new neighborhood splashing in puddles. His mom gently nudges him outside because 'Sunday rain is the most fun.' The imagination-fueled adventures that happen next will restore your faith in the kindness of kids."—Parents Magazine—Magazine
Rosie J. Pova is a children's author and school presenter whose mission is to inspire kids to believe in themselves, dream big, and follow their passions. She lives in Texas. Amariah Rauscher is the illustrator of the popular Princess Truly series. When she isn't painting, Amariah can usually be found reading a book. She lives in Illinois with her family.