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3.98  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,858 Ratings  ·  194 Reviews
When a drought threatens her family's magical rhubarb farm, eleven-year-old Polly tries to find a way to make it rain again.
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Published 2011 by Recorded Books (first published February 26th 2010)
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Jun 04, 2010 Sarah rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Clever premise for a book but I did not finish this. I am so bothered by continuity errors, poor grammar and poor editing that I have lost faith in the storyteller.

p.15 - I shove my hands in my pockets and push my hair back, off my face.

p.54-55 - Freddy removes his sweaty shirt and tosses it to Basford to wash. On the next page (same conversation) Freddy denies he has a fever and pulls his shirt away from his hot skin.

p.71 - "For once I didn't run to Freddy's room last night, though." Does it r
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Sep 02, 2014 Kylie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Imagine having a farm that grew plants that taste like chocolate ,and u are still eating healthy. Everyday is a adventure for Polly Peabody on Rupert's World Famous Rhubarb Farm. Polly knows that their farm is rather unusual after her Grandmother died and all around her diamonds sprout from the ground ,and on every Monday it rains at 1:00. When it rains the hole farm is swarmed with tourist that want the ride the giant red umbrella. But then one day the rain stopped ,Polly's hole world falls apa ...more
Robert Kent
Okay. So usually this is the part of the review where I tell you what the book is about, except I’m not sure how to succinctly summarize Drizzle. It is, and I mean this in the best possible way, unlike any other book I’ve ever read. That was what attracted me to it. The truth is, I can’t even really tell you that much about it without spoiling the whole thing, and I don’t want to do that. Mrs. Van Cleve has crafted a work of stunning originality and you owe it to yourself to put Drizzle on your ...more
Nov 08, 2010 BookKids rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: midgrade, fantasy
In Drizzle, narrator Polly Peabody lives on a magical rhubarb farm where it rains every Monday at 1 PM exactly. The rest of the area is in the dry Midwest, but the Peabodys always have rain. Until one day they don’t.

And that’s just the beginning of their problems.

Without the rain, the rhubarb begins to die. Polly’s brother Freddy gets ill. And now Aunt Edith wants to sell the farm. If the rain does not return, then the Peabodys might not have a choice.

Polly is determined to save the farm, but is
Mar 22, 2010 Tasha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens-books
Polly Peabody knows that her family’s rhubarb farm is something special, even something magical! They grow Giant Rhubarb that is helping close the hole in the ozone and chocolate rhubarb that tastes like a sweet but is a vegetable. They have a lake that you can’t drown in no matter how long you hold your breath, a castle to live in, and gems sprout from the ground. And every Monday at 1:00 pm exactly, it rains. But then one Monday it doesn’t. And other things start to go wrong on the farm. The r ...more
Jun 03, 2013 Mary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013-4th-grade
Finally, a heroine I can identify with. She's afraid of bugs and afraid of the dark. And she believes in magic. Real magic -- not the kind where you take a quarter from behind someone's ear. She talks to plants == and they talk back. She lives on a rhubarb farm, but not just any ordinary rhubarb farm. They grow chocolate rhubarb, a vegetable that tastes better than a Snickers bar. But the farm is in trouble. You see, every Monday (except one) for 86 years it has rained at 1 pm on Monday. The one ...more
Susan P
I read this on Jill's recommendation after liking A Tangle of Knots so much. This was one good too, but not quite as wonderful. Polly and her family live on a magical farm where it rains every Monday at exactly 1:00. The farm thrives under the rain - especially the chocolate rhubarb (which is rhubarb that tastes just like chocolate - can't someone invent this?!). The farm is famous, and tourists make it a frequent stop on their travels. But one Monday the rain just stops, and doesn't come back. ...more
Dec 09, 2010 Mindy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Drizzle was a very interesting book. It was about an eleven year old girl named Polly Peabody. She lives on a 'magical' farm. It rains every Monday at 1:00pm. But when that stops, her Brother, Freddy, gets very sick, and her Aunt Edith tries to sell the farm.Polly beleives that she can do something about that. She beleives that she could somehow make it rain again. When things get tough Polly knos that she will need to do something. After Freddy goes into a coma, everybody worries. So she will n ...more
Oct 28, 2015 Claire rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have been so pleasantly surprised by the first Reading Olympics book I lifted from my father's school's library! It is about an idealised farm and the likelihood it would be sold for more easily attained benefits.

Surprisingly, the author acknowledged a work by Richard Dawkins at the end I hadn't read yet, The Selfish Gene, so I'll get around to that... Eventually. Besides another Genome book by M. Ridley... I'm sure it's as important! I just don't immediately recognise it.

This book is organis
This book tried hard to be great, but didn't measure up. It reminds me of Savvy, but more forced. The idea of vegetables that taste like chocolate is a little much, and the rest of the story is about as far fetched. The characters are also a bit odd - the genetic magical mutation is interesting, but it's manifestation is not as successful as Harry Potter's scar. Also the mix between science and magic just didn't work.
Oct 02, 2014 Theresa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Theresa by: Emily Wilson
Shelves: gr-5-8-fantasy
Eleven-year-old Polly Peabody needs to make it start raining. For her entire life, it has rained at exactly one o'clock every Monday afternoon on her family's magical rhubarb farm, until one Monday, when it stops. And then Polly's brother gets sick, really sick. Polly has to figure out how everything is connected and make it rain before her beloved Aunt Edith sells the farm. She has help from the farm itself, in the form of the plants and insects, including her best friend, Harry, a chocolate-ta ...more
How am I even supposed to put what I thought of this book into words?? This book was so adorable, sad, exciting, and intense. I was never bored, and was completely surprised. It was completely different than I expected it to be. The anticipation of the last fifty pages or so had me turning pages every thirty seconds, just dying to know how it would turn out! Even though, deep down, I sort of knew how the ending would go, that didn't make the problems any less real, or any less nerve-wrecking.
Jan 11, 2015 Elizabeth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, children-s
Drizzle is a very, very cute book. A magic farm with rhubarb that tastes like chocolate, a lake where nobody can drown, and insects and plants that can communicate by spelling or moving their limbs/leaves—what’s not to like? If Polly were a little older, I’d call it a coming-of-age story, and it has all the makings of one: when hard times come, she overcomes her inner obstacles and fears and saves the day. The plot is pretty obvious (I mean, who doesn’t go into the book not knowing that Polly wi ...more
Dec 30, 2015 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you like books with one bully an amazing teacher the most amazing rhubarb farm in the world and an unexpected change of weather follow Polly Peabody through the story Drizzle
Sep 09, 2010 Volleygirl112 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I luuuuv this book it gas such creativity and I love the big giant umbrella swing and the diamonds in the dirt :)
Mrs. Mcelhaney's
If a book of mystery and magic is just for you, I think you would like this book called "Drizzle", the author is Kathleen Van Cleve. It's about a girl who lives on a magic rhubarb farm. Some of the rhubarb is chocolate! Any way the begging is sad, but other than that it's a great book. I give this book a rating of ... five stars, the book was AWESOME! I liked the book because there is mystery and magic. I think you would LOVE this book. I relate to the book because the girl in the story is crea ...more
Addie P
Aug 07, 2010 Addie P rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is my all time favorite book EVER!!!!! It is amazing, there are no words to explain it enough!!!!!!!
Silver Brooks
Nov 14, 2014 Silver Brooks rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thought Drizzle was a very good and interesting book. Polly and her family live on a magical farm called Rupert's Rhubarb Farm. There they grow chocolate rhubarb plants and regular rhubarb plants. There is also a magical umbrella ride. It rains there only every Monday at 1:00. In the beginning Polly's grandmother dies so her aunt Edith comes to live with Polly and her family. The main Character is Polly Peabody and she is not that popular at school because she lives on a magical farm.

Sep 14, 2010 Lola rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I learned that even when you are young you can complete any challenge that is through at you.
Monica Edinger
Enjoyed this. Liked the premise very much as it had a fresh, original feel to it.
Mar 09, 2015 Blessing rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quite enchanting and realistic at the same time. The rhubarb farm can always count on a weekly watering in the form of rain at 1pm every Monday. Some of the rhubarb even tastes like chocolate! A young girl who lives on a family farm where the plants (a weeping cherry tree) and bugs (including a large cricket named Lester and a dragonfly named Spark) speak with her and she discovers the courage to listen to and follow her own path. The farm is dying. Can the farm be saved? How or by whom? What is ...more
Oct 11, 2010 Cathy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
easy world to fall into, written with grace, charm and wit.
Polly lives on a magical farm where it rains every Monday at 1 p.m. Then, her Grandmom dies & her Aunt Edith comes home to help take care of the farm. Aunt Edith is not too happy about giving up her world traveling, glamorous life for the farm & wants to sell it. That's when the rain stops & her older brother becomes seriously ill. Polly is convinced he's sick because the rain has stopped & she sets out to solve the mystery & save both her brother & the farm. A nice littl ...more
Sep 27, 2014 CJ rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Eleven year old Polly Peabody knows she lives in the most heavenly place in the world. Just look at her family's farm- diamonds sprout from the ground, the rhubarb tastes like chocolate, and every Monday at exactly one o'clock, it rains. The rain is the driving force that helps their farm keep growing and being the magical place it is. But Polly starts to get strange symbols from the creatures on her family's land, and soon, everything changes. The rain stops altogether, and the rhubarbs begin t ...more
Dec 03, 2010 Betsy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, jfic
Polly Peabody, age 11, lives on an unusual rhubarb farm where plants and insects communicate with people, a giant umbrella ride entertains the many tourists, and it rains at exactly 1 p.m. every Monday. Like her parents and her grandmother before her, Polly loves the farm with all her heart, especially her best friend, Harry, who happens to be a rhubarb plant. After her grandmother dies, Aunt Edith steps in to keep the farm financially above water since Polly’s parents are mostly concerned with ...more
Pamela Huxtable
On the whole, this is an interesting story for older children and young adults with themes of bullying, identity, family ties and betrayal. Polly Peabody loves the farm she lives on, but something is wrong. Her brother is sick, the rhubarb plants aren't thriving, and her parents are worried and distracted.

On top of this basic story, there are numerous fantastical elements. The rhubarb plants can "talk" to Polly. Diamonds spring up from the soil. Insects talk to Polly by spelling and pantomime. T
Erin Sterling
Imagine what your dream house would be like as a child, and that's where 11-year-old Polly Peabody lives. On Rupert Rhubarb's Farm, which has been in the Peabody family for generations, Polly and her older brother and sister sleep in an actual castle, which is connected to a big glass house by a swinging rope bridge that hangs forty feet over a lake where it's impossible to drown. Also on the property is an umbrella ride (think of swings at the fair looking over a lush farm) and chocolate rhubar ...more
Aug 03, 2010 Raina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: j, magic-realism
SSBRC. So far, feels like some kid's random fantasy that the author tries to turn into a novel. A little over the top in the combination of crazy elements. But we'll see where it goes.
Polly Peabody lives on a magical rhubarb farm. At least, she thinks it’s magical. Her dad thinks the strange things which happen on the farm all have scientific explanations. They have chocolate-flavored rhubarb, a lake in which you cannot drown, “slugsand” (quicksand made of slugs), a real weeping cherry tree,
Polly Peabody lives on a farm where the rhubarb taste like chocolate and fixes the hole in the ozone layer, where you can't drown in the lake no matter what, where bugs and plants talk to her and where it rains every Monday at exactly 1 o'clock. Until the Monday it doesn't rain and things start to fall apart. Her brother Freddy gets sick, her aunt wants to sell the farm, all the plants start to wilt and die from lack of rain, and funding for the farm dries up just like the rain.

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