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Monday 3 October 2016

Review: Home in the Rain

There's nothing quite like a Bob Graham book. It has that special blend of everyday life and magic that's so very hard to pen, particularly in a book of such low word count, as is the picture book.

Each time I open one of his new books, I know there will be a pinnacle moment that takes me by surprise, and delights me in ways I never imagined. Home in the Rain absolutely does this. And it all happens right next to a petrol bowser.

Next to everyday life.

It's often the smallest moments that make life happy and memorable. Just a few hours ago, I was chatting with a friend about those special moments that seem so intensely ordinary. One of them, for example, was not on my wedding day, but on the following morning when I had breakfast with my new husband for the first time. Such an everyday thing--but an absolute life event ... when we fully immerse in the joy and majesty of a single precious moment that strikes the very centre of our heart.

This is what happens in Bob Graham's latest book--and it's precious, indeed.

Francie is leaving Grandma's house with her mum and baby sister, still tucked warmly inside her mum's tum.

It's raining heavily. The threesome have a long drive ahead.

They enter the congested freeway then stop after some time to nibble lunch on the roadside. Back on the road, they stop still further along at a petrol station, and this is where a beautiful moment occurs between all three girls.

The subtle, imperceptible build to this moment is so palpable, I actually prepared myself for a tragedy to unfold at this precise moment. But it was not tragedy. It was a small joy too large for three hearts.

Bob's iconic illustrations carry their gentle, watercolour-wash hum, alongside delectably amiable characters and the gentleness of narrative that he's known for.

A truly lovely addition to the heart-touching Bob Graham book collection.

Title: Home in the Rain
Author/Illustrator: Bob Graham
Publisher: Walker Books, $24.99
Publication Date: 1 October 2016
Format: Hard cover
ISBN: 9781406368239
For ages: 3 - 8
Type: Picture Book