Smudge and his friends are playing in the yard when it begins to rain. Try as they might, they cannot find a way out of the rain and into the warm, dry house. That is not until is stops raining!
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Jane Chapman has worked as a portrait painter and has also designed toys. She has illustrated Smudge, Dora's Eggs, and The Crunching, Munching Caterpillar for Tiger Tales. Jane is married to illustrator Tim Warnes. They live in England with their son.
Julie Sykes is also the author of "'Little Tiger's Big Surprise!"' and "'I Don't Want to Take a Bath!"', both illustrated by Tim Warnes, and "'Dora's Eggs"', illustrated by Jane Chapman. She lives in England with her husband and two sons.
In this slight story from the creators of Dora's Eggs, Smudge the dog is playing outside with his rabbit and mouse friends when a summer shower takes them by surprise. After a series of failed efforts to find shelter, Smudge remembers the narrow exit for the cat: " 'It's easy,' said Smudge, as he poked his nose through the cat door. And it was easy until... he got stuck!" Oversize type adds emphasis. Sykes creates a humorous rapport between the dog of questionable ideas and his follower friends, but the story lacks oomph. Airy illustrations set the damp trio against simple backgrounds of flowers and raindrops, and the drawings' agile lines bring out the slapstick humor. While Smudge is a charming bumbler, all eagerness and big feet, readers' interest will likely last not much longer than the passing shower the book describes. Ages 3-7.
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