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It can be lonely sometimes on a rainy day in a big house with no one else around and there’s only the quiet to keep you company. But if you find a key, a mysterious key, that leads you to an unexpected place . . . chances are your afternoon is about to get a lot more interesting.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published April 9th 2007 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published December 31st 2006)
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Jun 04, 2011 Kathryn rated it really liked it
Recommended to Kathryn by: Lisa Vegan
I very much enjoyed this wordless picture book about a little boy who is bored at home on a rainy day. When he finds a key, it opens a very special trunk that happens to transport him to the neighboring island! The adventures he enjoys there are sweet and fun and I thought the ending of the book was especially great.

The author explains in her bio that sometimes she loved rainy days at home, feeling all cozy and sheltered from the storm--but that she wrote this book for the *other* times when she
Lisa Vegan
Apr 02, 2011 Lisa Vegan rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: boys and girls; readers & pre-readers & readers who enjoy wordless picture books
This is (yet another) wonderful wordless picture book. The pictures perfectly tell the story of a lonely and bored little boy, but not a timid one, who finds a way to have some adventures and some friends. The colorful pictures are great; they have a bit of an old-fashioned quality which appealed to me. The dog that appears in many of the illustrations is adorable and, for me, a welcome part of the story.

I appreciate how books such as this can be read by pre-readers and those who struggle with t
Sep 02, 2008 Mindy rated it liked it
Rainstorm is a wordless narrative about a boy who is bored on a rainy day. All alone in an empty room, the boy stares out the window. He gloomily kicks a ball down the stairs. When he looks under a chair to find the ball, the boy finds a key. He goes around the house and tries to figure out what the key goes to. He discovers that the key goes to a treasure chest, and inside the treasure chest is a ladder that leads to a dungeon and an underground passage. Then the boy climbs up a very tall stair ...more
Dec 23, 2011 David rated it really liked it
Rainstorm by Barbara Lehman is a wordless narrative picturebook about a bored little boy who finds a key on a rainy day.

On a rainy day, a rich, bored boy plays with a ball, then finds a key. Trying varous locks, he finally opens a trunk with the top of a ladder sticking out of it. Descending the ladder, he follows a tunnel that leads to another door into a lighthouse on a neighboring island. There he's discovered by three children and their dog. They play all day then he returns home, after the
Bambini Travel
Oct 31, 2014 Bambini Travel rated it really liked it
Caldecott Honor Winner, Barbara Lehman, is a master at creating adventures with her illustrations. Rainstorm is a completely wordless book about a little lonely boy on a rainy day. There isn't much to do inside on such a day, unless you find a mysterious key that sends you on an adventure. Anyone who has ever been trapped inside looking out at the pouring rain waiting for something to happen can identify with this imaginative book.
James K
Oct 02, 2016 James K rated it it was ok
This book seems most appropriate for younger ages (Pre-K to 1st grade). The book follows a boy who seems bored and lonely while it is raining outside. In his big house, he finds a key that initially doesn't seem to unlock anything. After many attempts, it finally opens a treasure chest that leads to a long, winding basement that leads across the sea to an island lighthouse where it is sunny and there are other kids playing. After he returns home, the book ends with him sneaking back to the islan ...more
Jennifer Martelon
Mar 29, 2016 Jennifer Martelon rated it liked it
Title: Rainstorm
Author: Barbara Lehman
Genre: Wordless Picture Book
Theme(s): Adventure, Making friends
Opening line/sentence:
Brief Book Summary: In this wordless picture book a little boy is stuck inside a big house while it is raining outside. He is bored and looking for something to occupy him until he finds a mysterious key. What does this key unlock? He tries multiple things until he comes to a trunk with a ladder inside which takes him on a fun and eventful adventure.
Jess Zerr
Feb 29, 2016 Jess Zerr rated it really liked it
Wordless picture books are very impactful. Almost like watching a mime or dance performance where your attention is crucial to understanding the meaning of the story. In the story, Rainstorm by Barbara Lehman, a story is told completely without words. With the gloomy colors and rain, it automatically sets the story up to feel gloomy and dark.

Without words, you meet a young, privileged boy. He feels so lonely, distant and bored as he is contained to his mansion. This young curious boy wanders ar
Payton Simone
Feb 23, 2016 Payton Simone rated it liked it
Rainstorm is a wordless picturebook about a lonely rainy day turned not so rainy and lonely. The book has very visually pleasing pictures full of color and expression. In the rainy scenes the colors are dark and dull, and in the later scenes the colors are bright and fun. The borders of the book are slightly thick, drawing more attention to the images themselves. The emphasis is entirely on the images, which enhances creativity and story telling ability for young children.
The story itself follo
Feb 08, 2016 Nomre rated it really liked it
Rain storm is a cute wordless picture book about boredom and the power of imagination. In this story, a boy is stuck in his large home on a rainy day with nothing to do and no one to play with. While kicking his ball through the house, he finds a key on the floor. What ensues next is a treasure hunt of sorts to find the lock that the key belongs to. What he finds is a chest that once opened, takes him to a place far away from his large empty house. Although the story does not have words, the ill ...more
Shannon McCrea
Oct 01, 2015 Shannon McCrea rated it really liked it
This is a great wordless picture book. The story line consists of a young boy who is bored and lonely in his house on a rainy day. He finds a small key that opens a trunk that transports him to the island near his house and embarks on an incredible journey.

The author does an exemplary job of telling the story without having any words. The illustrations are simplistic which is good for young readers so that they can follow the story easily. This book could be read to children of any language/cul
Shannon McCrea
Oct 01, 2015 Shannon McCrea rated it really liked it
This is a great wordless picture book. The story line consists of a young boy who is bored and lonely in his house on a rainy day. He finds a small key that opens a trunk that transports him to the island near his house and embarks on an incredible journey.

The author does an exemplary job of telling the story without having any words. The illustrations are simplistic which is good for young readers so that they can follow the story easily. This book could be read to children of any language/cul
M. Lauritano
Sep 30, 2015 M. Lauritano rated it liked it
Picked this one up in my preferred children's bookstore, because I was attracted to the simple clarity of the illustration. And the title. I'm a sucker for rainy day stories. Come to think of it, the book may have been facing out because New York is supposed to get a lot of rain this week. I was pleasantly surprised by the wordless narrative found within.

Don't be fooled by reviewers that claim this story is hard to follow without words or even that it's open-ended. Essentially, a boy finds a sec
Katy Kissel
May 01, 2015 Katy Kissel rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-lit
This picture book is intended for children ages four through eight. The book tells the story of a little boy who is trapped inside during a rainstorm. He finds a key that leads to a secret passage to an island with a lighthouse where he makes some friends. The illustrations in this book were lovely, and the colors were well chosen. The first two pages perfectly reflect the feeling of being trapped inside during a rainstorm, and the pages at the lighthouse are bright and colorful in a nice contra ...more
Aiyana Martinez
Jan 29, 2015 Aiyana Martinez rated it really liked it
This wordless picture book is about a story on how a young boy turns a gloomy rainstorm day inside into an adventure. It starts out on him playing ball in the house but comes upon finding a key. He tries to unlock anything in the house with a lock on it, after multiple tries on doors, dressers and jewelry boxes, he finds a chest and the key unlocked it. He finds that there is a latter in it going down, he climbs down it and discovers a long hall to a red door. It leads to a long stairs case, spi ...more
Emily Nunez-Eddy
Oct 04, 2014 Emily Nunez-Eddy rated it liked it
“Rainstorm” by Barbara Lehman is a wordless and somewhat simplistic picture book with adventure-laced fun. The story begins as a young boy restlessly kicks a ball around what seems to be an huge, empty house on a rainy, dark day. When the boy finds a key hidden in the corner of a mansion, he quickly begins to check every lock — until he finds one, on a huge treasure chest, that fits. Inside the chest are stairs that lead him on an amazing journey where he encounters a completely new environment ...more
Oct 10, 2016 Katherine rated it really liked it
1. Rainstorm by Barbara Lehman
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Grade Level P-K
Rainstorm is a book about a boy who is stuck inside on a rainy day and finds a key that he then has an adventure with. He tries using the key to open various objects until he finally finds the chest it opens that leads to a secret passage way. The passage way leads the boy to a lighthouse where he plays outside on the beach with a bunch of other kids.
Rainstorm is a nice book about a boy having an adventure. The story is rather straightforwa
Sarah Plitt
Sep 14, 2014 Sarah Plitt rated it liked it

The book Rainstorm is a pensive, and intriguing read. The dust jacket of the story already implies a hidden meaning with its dark undertones and the contrast of a sunny day depicted in the small window. This immediately prompted my curiosity to discover the plot of the seemingly ominous story. The illustrations are shown through a series of scrolls that show a boy who seems privileged but bored. The boy’s pristine ensemble and dwelling imply that his family is wealthy. The question of w
May 01, 2011 Laura rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s, 2011, picture
A wonderfully illustrated wordless book. A lonely boy finds a mystery key on a lonely day. The key unlocks a chest and the boy follows an enchanting circular staircase. He makes friends and passes the day exploring a new and different world.

The illustrations are charming and logical. An excellent introduction to graphic representations and how to use pictures to tell a story.

The beginning of the book feels poor-little-rich-boy. The house has a suit of armor in it!
Taylor Valencia
Sep 25, 2016 Taylor Valencia rated it really liked it
This book is about a little boy who is pretty upset about it being a rainy day. He is unable to play outside, so he decides to play with his little red ball. He accidentally kicks it down the stairs and into a room. He ends up finding a treasure chest that leads him to a magical world within the chest. The book is a great read and is great for children. It teaches them to use be imaginative and that your imagination can take you anywhere!

This book does an amazing job telling a story through jus
Randie D. Camp, M.S.
Sep 20, 2011 Randie D. Camp, M.S. rated it really liked it
Have you ever wished you could escape from a dreary rainy day? Well, wish no more! :-). Lehman's brilliant wordless book is a story of a boy who is bored on a rainy day, until he finds a key that takes him on a journey of exploration, friendship, and fun.

I have always loved staying in on rainy days but I still found the book to creatively grant this wish of exploration and fun.
Apr 01, 2008 Ellen rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: All kids, ages 4 and up
Enchanting wordless story. I found it interesting that my kids interpreted the plot in a completely different way than I did. That's the beauty of this type of children's literature; it invites interpretation that often changes with subsequent readings.
Apr 18, 2015 Allie rated it really liked it
I read this at work a few days ago, and as an only child I really loved it. It felt very true to my experiences as a kid, being stuck in one place and relying solely on my imagination to occupy my time.
Feb 13, 2015 Meltha rated it it was amazing
Okay, this was just plain neat. Aside from the title, there isn't a single word anywhere in this book. The story is entirely carried by the drawings, which are done in a childlike style and are very understandable. The structure of the traditional home-adventure-home plotline in children's literature is present, and yet any child (provided he or she can see) who speaks any language would be able to deal with this text. I'm still not entirely sure where the boy is during the sequences in the hous ...more
Sam Ott
Oct 11, 2015 Sam Ott rated it really liked it
Rainstorm by Barbara Lehman, published 2007.
Genre: Fiction
Format: Picture Book
Plot Summary: This wordless picture book tells the story of a lonely boy who finds a key and discovers it unlocks a trunk that leads to a tunnel and a lighthouse. There he finds friends who spend all day playing with him, but he has to go back home by dinner. The next day he goes again, but meets them in the tunnel coming to him and they go play at his house.
Considerations: None.
Review Citation: Booklist, April 2007.
Dec 24, 2013 Michelle rated it really liked it
In this intriguing and fascinating wordless story from Barbara Lehman, a young boy is bored and alone inside a big, empty house on a rainy day. As he dejectedly kicks his ball around the house, he finds a mysterious key. Eager for something to entertain himself with, he begins trying the key in every lock he can find in the old house. Finally, the boy discovers an old, unassuming trunk—the key opens it, revealing an improbable ladder and a secret passageway to an unknown place. Should he go? Of ...more
Kory Bootsma
Feb 23, 2015 Kory Bootsma rated it really liked it
Rainstorm was a fabulous wordless picture book that will dazzle readers of all ages (although it is geared toward preschoolers). As a rainstorm rages outside the house, a young boy seeks adventure within his imagination. Discovering a secret passageway, a boy discovers a secret world and finds himself having the time of his life. Yet once the day dissipates, the boy becomes tired and seeks to find the way back home to his family and friends.

The illustrations are colorful and inviting and will ke
Xinwen Xu
Mar 29, 2016 Xinwen Xu rated it really liked it
This book doesn't have any words, but it very easy to understand. We just need see these pictures and then we can know the plot. It talk about a lonely boy, he had big and rich house but he didn't have any friend. One day he found a key and open a box, he follows a tunnel and arrives a tower. A interesting things happen, he met a lot of friends and a dog here and they had a very good time together. But he had to come back to his house to eat dinner. In the next day, he couldn't wait to come to t ...more
Jan 31, 2013 Linsay rated it liked it
This wordless picture book written and illustrated by Barbara Lehman leaves a lot open for interpretation. We are introduced to little boy that seems to be home alone during a rainstorm. As he roams around in search for entertainment he stumbles upon a key. He searches high and low until he finds the lock that it fits. He quickly discovers a cure for his boredom by traveling to a secret world found in an old trunk.
I would recommend this picture book for 1st and 2nd graders. The illustrations ge
Jun 03, 2008 Maggie rated it liked it
CIP: "In this wordless picture book, a boy finds a mysterious key which leads him on an adventure one rainy day."

Maggie: While stuck inside on a rainy afternoon, a young boy finds an unfamiliar key which opens the lock of a large trunk, which in turn leads to unforeseen adventure. Lehman's illustrations are beautiful--crisp and clear enough for younger readers to comprehend what is happening in the story. This title would be a great choice for a pre-school storytime to encourage a dialogue with
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