Split! Splat!

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A delightful, rainy day celebration!

I sing a little rain song, a simple song, a plain song, a pitter-patter-tip-tap-on-the-windowpane song. Drip drop, plip plop, pit pat, split splat! Put down your umbrella! Take off your galoshes! It's time to sing and dance in the rain. When one little girl and her adorable dog venture out on a rainy, spring day, the neighborhood joins her and what results is squishy, sloshy, muddy day fun.

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Overview


A delightful, rainy day celebration!

I sing a little rain song, a simple song, a plain song, a pitter-patter-tip-tap-on-the-windowpane song. Drip drop, plip plop, pit pat, split splat! Put down your umbrella! Take off your galoshes! It's time to sing and dance in the rain. When one little girl and her adorable dog venture out on a rainy, spring day, the neighborhood joins her and what results is squishy, sloshy, muddy day fun.

Amy Gibson’s simple, whimsical rhymes and New York Times bestselling illustrator Steve Bjorkman’s bright and sweet illustrations create the perfect celebration of nature and friendship in this springtime, anytime rhyme!

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

Praise for Around the World on Eighty Legs

“Cleverly presents creatures from all across the globe in witty, rhythmic, and well-crafted verse.”–Publishers Weekly

“Gibson uses a variety of poetic forms, many of the poems bouncing along in a way that will make readers want to read them aloud just for the joy of it.”–The Horn Book Magazine

Children's Literature - Amy McMillan
Rain has inspired many a song over the years but never one as joyous and full of fun as this. A young girl and her dog prepare to play in the rain by singing a song full of rainy rhymes and pitter-pat patterns. As the day progresses and friends join in the fun their song morphs into a mud song, the last page ending in even more merriment with the two splashing about in a bubble bath, traces of their exploits still visible on the bathroom floor. Many of the words are onomatopoeic; a perfect blend of nonsense and silliness that still clearly gets the point across but also guaranteed to incite some giggles. The sing-songy rhythm begs to be read aloud. The illustrations are just as playful, bright watercolors echoing the exuberant tone of the day rather than portraying a dismal drizzle. The perfect antidote to a gloomy day, young kids will love it. Reviewer: Amy McMillan
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—A little girl ventures out into the springtime weather accompanied by her dog. Gibson keeps it simple as the child sings a made-up song: "I sing a little rain song,/a simple song,/a plain song." The watercolor illustrations show gleeful youngsters and their pets cavorting in mud puddles until the sun shines, when they disperse. In the last scene, the protagonist enjoys a bubble bath in an overflowing tub. Children will play with the rhyming words, just as Gibson does—"oochy sploochy woochy woosh"—and perhaps make up their words for a story.—Keisha M. Miller, South Orange Public Library, NJ
Kirkus Reviews
Gibson's second outing (Around the World on Eighty Legs, illustrated by Daniel Salmieri, 2011) is an onomatopoetic praise song to rain and mud. With a gentle spring rain falling outside, a little girl and her dog (and the mouse in their house) head out for an afternoon of messy wet fun, joining a couple of neighbors who are already frolicking. Togged out in rain jackets and boots and carrying umbrellas, the trio soon discards all to fully enjoy the experience. Jumping in puddles quickly turns to squishing mud between bare toes and, finally, to a watery mudslide involving their entire bodies. No doubt readers will relate to the fun depicted in the pictures, but it is Gibson's language play that makes this such a grand read-aloud: "Splish / sploosh, / squash / squoosh, // oochy sploochy woochy woosh!" Björkman uses a spring palette in watercolors that are filled with splashes, splooshes and lots of splatters and smiles. But his characters look older than they should be for this type of rainy day fun…especially considering the wet and tremendously muddy trail the girl leaves from the front door to the bathtub. Still, the antics of the two dogs and the adorable mouse that mimics the children's cavorting are sure to keep kids' attention. Good sloshy fun. (Picture book. 3-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780439587532
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/1/2012
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 640,847
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.22 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.36 (d)

Meet the Author

Amy Gibson

Amy Gibson lives in Northern California with her husband, three children, and the cat. Split! Splat! is her second picture book with Scholastic Press. Her first was Around the World on Eighty Legs. Visit her online at www.amygibson.com.

Steve Bjorkman is the celebrated illustrator of numerous books for children, including Jeff Foxworthy's New York Times bestsellering picture books DIRT ON MY SHIRT and SILLY STREET, as well as EMIILY'S EVERYDAY MANNERS by Cindy Post Senning and Peggy Post, and Jay McGraw's LIFE STRATEGIES FOR DEALING WITH BULLIES. He lives with his wife in California. SPLIT! SPLAT! is his first book with Scholastic Press.

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  • Posted November 5, 2012

    Delightful!

    A delightful rainy day read! Like Denise Fleming's books, Amy Gibson's writing is simple, rhyming prose that expresses the experience of a rainy day. It is less of a story per se, and more of a feeling. The use of alliteration combined with sound words make for a fun and entertaining book.


    The illustrations are bright, colorful and fun. They are a perfect match for the writing. I hope to find more books illustrated by Steve Bjorkman. His style is simple, yet very engaging.

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