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Wellington's Rainy Day
By author: Carolyn Beck   Illustrated by: Brooke Kerrigan
Selling Points: "humor, rhyme, irony"
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: May/01/2011
Pages: 32
Picture Book
Price:  $19.95
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Wellington Wallaby Withers was most disgruntled.
Curled in his basket by the hearth, he groaned, "Fire's out, Master Horace. Can't bake my back."
Master Horace was asleep in his chair. Sn-ooo-re.
The maddening smell of freshly made meatloaf hung about the house. "But my bowl," Wellington said, "is empty." And, oh, how his nose smarted! Honey, that sour sneak of a cat, had swatted him again.

It's a rainy day. Wellington is down in the dumps and can't resist the smell of his master's freshly made meatloaf. While his master snoozes, Welly devours every last bite. After he hides the empty pan, he eats the contents of the garbage can too. Honey, a sneaky kitty and Wellington's archenemy, threatens to tell on him. Welly's tummy begins to churn and out comes everything he has gobbled down. What a mess! But in this lively, rhyming picturebook, things have a way of turning out better than expected for Welly, and just this once he escapes being blamed for the missing meatloaf.
BookLinx - January 30, 2012
"An interesting book that will appeal to a special audience...The gross factors are handled amazingly well."
CanLit for Little Canadians blog - January 19, 2012
"The rhyme and rhythm of Carolyn Beck's text support the sweeping nature of Wellington's day....The details in Kerrigan's illustrations add charm and whimsy, and children will delight in looking for small details."
School Library Journal - September 1, 2011
"Kerrigan's comical, softly hued crayon and watercolor cartoon illustrations portray a seemingly clueless hound and a sneaky, fluffy orange cat."
Puget Sound Council for Reviewing Children's Media - June 1, 2011
"This picture book's soft, endearing animal illustrations lull readers into a false sense of security, as the words tell a delightfully disgusting story."
Resource Links - June 1, 2011
"Kerrigan's ink and watercolour illustrations add to the offbeat scatological humour...The snappy writing is full of wordplay and would be fun to read aloud—the gross parts are sure to get a reaction."
CM Magazine - April 1, 2011
"Readers will not be surprised at the high level of gross-out they will encounter in Wellington's Rainy Day...Fortunately for the readers, Brooke Kerrigan's soft-coloured illustrations help to mitigate the stomach-turning details of the story. The artist's depiction of the long-eared canine and his feline arch rival, Honey, are quite irresistible, and her detailed pastel pieces perfectly capture the humour and the irony of Beck's story...That warning aside, Wellington's Rainy Day should provide noisy enjoyment for the 4 to 8-year-old set...Highly Recommended."


OLA Best Bets, commended  CA  2011
Alcuin Design Award finalist, short-listed  CA  2012

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