Children’s Book Reviews
Children's Book Reviews: Wet
Publish September 12, 2017
Carey Sookocheff’s picture book, Wet, follows a young boy as he explores the different ways he experiences wetness in the world around him. Starting with a visit to the pool and ending with enthusiastic goodnight kisses from his pets, the boy carefully describes how he has encountered liquids during his day. Some experiences, like jumping into the pool and splashing in puddles, have been fun, while others, such as taking a tumble in the mud, have led to tears. After getting wet again in the bathtub, the boy is ready to snuggle into his dry, cozy bed while the rain falls outside.
Wet is a gentle, contemplative book that will encourage young readers to consider how they experience water in their own everyday lives. The clean lines and soothingly muted colours of Sookocheff’s illustrations complement the boy’s thoughtful descriptions of activities like washing his hands, visiting the park, and walking in the rain. The book’s calm tone is consistent, so that even as the boy falls in a puddle and is quickly rescued by his father, readers will still feel cozy and safe. A beautiful invitation to explore a deceptively simple concept, Wet is highly recommended.
Roseanne Gauthier is the Youth Services Librarian for the Prince Edward Island (PEI) Public Library Service, and is PEI's 2017 award-winning 'Champion of Reading'. She has worked in the Faculties of Education at both the University of Prince Edward Island and Mount Saint Vincent University and spent two amazing years as the Children’s Librarian at the Confederation Centre Public Library. She holds an MLIS from Dalhousie University, and an MA from the University of Waterloo. Roseanne lives in Charlottetown, PEI with her husband, their adorable daughter, and two tuxedo cats.
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