Sometimes it's fun to get wet. And sometimes it's not.
This is a thoughtful exploration of the ways to get and be wet by children's book author Carey Sookocheff—from puddles and pools, to puppydog kisses. A boy describes how he gets wet at the swimming pool, at the playground, at home. Emotionally resonant and carefully observed, with a gentle bedtime ending, this is a poetic celebration of wetness—and childhood.
Sookocheff's (Solutions for Cold Feet and Other Little Problems) quiet artwork suits her story's inward, meditative arc. Working with matte tones of light blue, mustard, and gray, she draws a boy thinking about the different ways it's possible to get wet. First, he ventures into the swimming pool ("My feet get wet first"). After his swimming lesson, he plays in a puddle in the rain ("Sometimes it's fun to get wet") then falls in the mud ("and sometimes it's not"). A page turn gives him another thought: "My face gets wet when I cry." His father picks him up and comforts him: "So does my dad's shoulder." There's something comforting about this slow, methodical laying out of possibilities. The point is not to convey knowledge or demonstrate cleverness; rather, it's an exploration of how we come to know what we know. After a bath to wash the mud off ("I have to get wet again"), the boy's dog and cat provide one last thought: "At the end of the day nothing is wet... except good-night kisses." A calming book for the end of a long day. Ages 4 8.