"Come on, rain!" Tess pleads to the sky as listless vines and parched plants droop in the endless heat. Up and down the block, cats pant while heat wavers off tar patches in the broiling alleyway. More than anything, Tess hopes for rain. And when it comes, she and her friends are ready for a surprising joyous celebration....
Through exquisite language and acute observation, Newbery medalist Karen Hesse recreates the glorious experience of a quenching rainstorm on a sweltering summer day. Jon J Muth's masterful and lyrical watercolors perfectly reflect the spirit of the text.
Karen Hesse is the award-winning and critically acclaimed author of many books for children. Her titles include Witness
, The Cats in Krasinski Square
, and the Newbery Medal winner Out of the Dust
, among many others. She lives in Vermont with her husband and two teenaged daughters.
Jon J Muth
Jon J Muth, renowned in the world of graphic novels, won an Eisner Award for his paintings in the graphic novel, The Mystery Play
by Grant Morrison. He’s partnered with Neil Gaiman on The Sandman: The Wake
, Walter and Louise Simonson on Havoc & Wolverine: Meltdown
, and J. M. DeMatteis on Moonshadow
and Silver Surfer
. His enchanting picture books include his Caldecott Honor Book Zen Shorts
and four companion books featuring Stillwater the Panda. His book The Three Questions
, based on a short story by Tolstoy, was called "quietly life-changing" by the New York Times Book Review
. And the Horn Book
called Jon's Stone Soup
"delicious and satisfying." His exquisitely beautiful books have been translated into more than 15 languages and are cherished by readers of all ages. Jon lives in New York State with his wife and their four children.