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4.10  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,140 Ratings  ·  228 Reviews
Sometimes being small can have its advantages. If you're a little cloud like Cloudette, people call you cute nicknames, and you can always find a good spot to watch the fireworks. But what about when you want to do something big, like help a giant garden grow, or make a brook babble?

This charming book gets at the heart of what it means to make a difference no matter your s
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published March 1st 2011 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) (first published January 1st 2011)
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Nov 16, 2011 Kathryn rated it it was amazing
An utter delight! Cloudette is a "cute little cumulus" cloud -- she is sooo charming and adorable. But, she is also small. Much smaller than the other clouds. This has certain advantages (she can always find a good view for watching fireworks, and she has a special cozy place to sleep where other clouds couldn't fit) but but she also feels rather useless. She can't help make lots of rain and storms like the big clouds can. One day, an especially bad storm blows Cloudette far away from her home. ...more
Lisa Vegan
Nov 23, 2011 Lisa Vegan rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Lisa by: Kathryn
I loved this book. It probably helps that I’ve been fascinated with clouds my entire life, and especially loved them when I was young.

But this book is so sweet, and funny and whimsical. And the illustrations are so pretty and cute, and all the little funny asides add to the story. My favorite part was the scene where Cloudette got the impression the new other “clouds” had no interest in getting to know her, but I was fond of every single page.

There is also a fine message here about how being sma
Jan 24, 2011 Scope rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011
The concept of a small protagonist making a mark on the big world is a children’s lit mainstay. It makes sense – there are few situations children can better relate to than being surrounded by those that are older and bigger and wanting to do something conspicuous. Tom Lichtenheld’s charming Cloudette ably enters this territory, and will likely garner fans big and small. But mostly small.

As her name suggests, Cloudette is a cloud of the most diminutive proportions. Clearly, there are perks to be
Gregory Walters
Jul 20, 2011 Gregory Walters rated it liked it
That's right, Cloudette, not Claudette. I grabbed this book for its originality in creating a new character. If talking hamsters make you cringe, Cloudette, the "cute little cumulus" could precipitate a thunderous objection. Still, I was captivated by Cloudette and her sunny disposition.

Cloudette is tiny. Sometimes that has its advantages, but Cloudette longs to do something big and important. The other bigger clouds create storm fronts, thunderstorms and enough snow to shut down school for a da
Tiny cloud Cloudette (the cutest puff of a cloud ever) likes all the advantages of being small (like always finding a good spot to watch fireworks), but when the important jobs of the big clouds leave her feeling left out, she finds her own small way to matter. The smallish size and many humorous asides might make this tricky to read to a group, but it'd be great one-on-one.

Mega-adorable alert. I love the cover, especially the back cover which shows Cloudette on top of the book's UPC code, with
May 03, 2011 Tasha rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Cloudette is the smallest of clouds. Usually it was just fine to be the littlest. She was called by cute nicknames, she had little friends, she was great at hiding, and she even slept in a special spot on the moon. But sometimes, she felt left out because she was so small. She couldn’t do the important work that the big clouds did, like storm fronts and rainbows. She wanted to do something big herself, but all of her big ideas didn’t work out. One day, she was blown by a storm to a new area wher ...more
May 04, 2011 Candice rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Sophie
Shelves: picture-books
A wonderful story of what one person (or in this case, cloud) can do to make just a tiny part of the world a better place. Cloudette is a very small cloud. The other bigger clouds like her and call her endearing names. There are advantages to being small, but Cloudette doesn't feel that she can do anything important. One day she is blown away from her home and ends up in a different place where she has no friends. Fortunately, she is able to make new friends and even prove to herself and to some ...more
Nov 06, 2011 Barbara rated it liked it
Shelves: ncbla, picture-book
Most of the time, the diminutive Cloudette likes being small since her bigger cloud friends address with cute names and her size makes it possible for her to do things that the others cannot. But sometimes she wishes that she could do something big, like the others. When a blustery storm blows her to an unfamiliar area, Cloudette makes new friends and starts a little rainstorm of her own, creating a pond from a little puddle so that the frogs have water in which to play. I'm not quite sure why s ...more
Mar 20, 2014 Maka rated it it was amazing
Cloudette is a small cloud, smaller then the other clouds but she doesn't mind because she liked being called cute nicknames such as Pipsqueak and Shortcake,squeezing through tight places and hiding. However, one day all the other clouds are doing important things like raining so the crops could grow and she feels left out because she can't do that because she isn't big enough. One day she gets blown away by a big storm and finds herself in an environment she never been to before. She meets a fr ...more
Lindsay Weideman
Feb 14, 2014 Lindsay Weideman rated it really liked it
Synopsis: This was a fun book that went along with my text set theme of pursuing goals/accomplishing dreams because it was about believing in yourself. The book was about a little cloud that wanted to make a difference liked the big clouds. It reminded me of how small my students are, but how big of a difference they can make by being kind and setting goals for themselves. I liked that it was similar to The Little Engine That Could so students can work on compare and contrasting which is a big s ...more
I tend to over-react against "message" books, but this one is so dang cute I just had to come around to it. My favorite part is actually at the beginning, with the list of good things about being small. Squeezing through giraffes and hiding between skyscrapers: simply adorable. The illustrations are what lifted this up for me; I have no idea how Lichtenheld makes Cloudette so expressive with so few strokes of his pen!
Cloudette is a tiny cloud who wishes – sometimes – that she could do the things the big clouds do. When she tries to help out around her neighborhood, though, her services aren’t needed. A big storm blows her far away and when she wakes up in a new place, she’s able to put her skills to good use. Her efforts are very much appreciated, and, full of renewed enthusiasm, Cloudette goes off to find more “big and important things a little cloud can do.”

Little readers/listeners will appreciate Cloudet
Will O'donnell
Aug 01, 2014 Will O'donnell rated it it was amazing
Shelves: text-set
Cloudette is a little cloud who wishes she was big. She wants to start thunderstorms and give kids days off of school with snow. However, no one seems to need such a small cloud. One day, she is blown off course by a massive storm and finds herself somewhere she's never been before. There she meets a frog who is lamenting that his pond has all dried up. Cloudette realizes that she can do something to help, and she strains and strains until she makes it rain. She restores the pond and then sets o ...more
Mia Obiwo
Apr 22, 2012 Mia Obiwo rated it it was amazing
Great book about a little cloud that feels excluded. Good book to talk about the subject of acceptance. Can be used in science to discuss clouds. Esecially good for Kindergarten, but can be used up until 2nd grade.
May 11, 2011 Sarah rated it it was amazing
I sort of love this book lots, I don't think it would make a super awesome read aloud, but it is very cute and fun story about what a little cloud can do when they put their minds to it!
Mar 27, 2011 Elisabeth rated it it was amazing
Another with the "little guys can make a big difference" theme and this was an especially sweet one. This also has big time science
tie-in/ non-fiction pairing potential.
May 08, 2012 Haylee rated it it was amazing
Beautiful, colorful, detailed illustrations. Adorable main character, plus you learn a little about science.
Stacia Leigh
Really enjoyed this book, along with the super cute illustrations. Such a unique character...a little cloud.
Apr 07, 2011 Alyson rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens
In the spirit of The Little Engine That Could but with a cute cloud!
Susanna Finley
Sep 17, 2015 Susanna Finley rated it it was ok
Shelves: picture-books
Cloudette is a very small cloud and is troubled by her size and her inability to be able to create rain. Throughout this book, we follow Cloudette on her adventure to find where she belonged and along the way she makes new friends and finds out that being small may not be so bad after all. This book may help children feel better about their insecurities and will help them to see that everyone has a special place that they are needed. Many small children will be able to identify with CLoudette an ...more
Darshana Khiani (Flowering Minds)
This is a sweet, charming book about someone small wanting to do something big and important. A theme every child can relate to. Cloudette doesn’t mind being small, in fact there are some perks. But she feels a little left out when the “big clouds” go do “big cloud” activities. Cloudette then sets out to figure out how she can do something important. At first she is met with disappointment but she perseveres and figures out her special place in the ecosystem.

Tom Lichtenheld has done an amazing j
Mar 13, 2013 Kelly rated it really liked it
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The concept of a small protagonist making a mark on the big world is a children’s lit mainstay. Tom Lichtenheld’s charming Cloudette ably enters this territory, and will likely garner fans big and small.
Cloudette is a cloud of the most diminutive proportions. Clearly, there are perks to being small, but Cloudette reaches a point where she wants to do important things, like make rivers flow and waterfalls fall. When a storm drops Cloudette in an unfamiliar place, she finally finds where her modes
Bridget Cabbiness
Nov 22, 2013 Bridget Cabbiness rated it really liked it
“Cloudette” by Tom Lichtenheld is a picture book intended for children of the primary age group, ranging from ages five to eight. Cloudette is the smallest cloud in her area, surrounded by much larger ones that can make thunderstorms, water crops and other “important cloud things.” She doesn't mind being the smallest cloud, but wishes she could do some of the things the bigger clouds can. I gave this book four stars because I really enjoyed the story, illustrations and the main theme that just b ...more
Jul 22, 2012 Asho rated it it was amazing
This book is a winner all the way around. The story about a little cloud who recognizes the advantages to being small but still wants to make a big mark on the world is a good message for young readers, and the illustrations are so clever. I would imagine that they would be attractive to young children (hard to tell since I have a 5 month old who would rather listen than look at this point), but they are also entertaining for adults. I laughed at loud at a couple of the puns within the illustrat ...more
Bobbi Jo
Feb 23, 2016 Bobbi Jo rated it it was amazing
Rate: 5
This book was so cute! It told of a little cloud that thought she couldn't do anything and one day she did. It gave a great example to kids that you do not have to be big and mighty to do great things you just have to be you. I loved all the illustrations to they were ones to captures a little readers attention. I also loved how there were little sentences that people would say that were though the book and it was a side conversation that made the book more captivating!
That's the most adorable cloud I've ever seen. And the cloud even learns a lesson that will be helpful for the kiddies. Very nice. Could definitely work in a preschool storytime, and would work as a lap-read and read-alone as well.

I don't know why, but Cloudette makes me think of Kami. :-)

9/19/12 & 9/20/12: Small groups on both days (20 or less). This worked well as an opener. The children enjoyed the pictures. I left some of the spoken comments out and included a few where they were needed
Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
Nov 23, 2011 Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance rated it really liked it
Cloudette is a little itty-bitty cloud. Generally, Cloudette saw the advantages of being small, like everyone calling her cute names and always being able to find a good spot to watch fireworks.

But she wanted to do something important, something important like the big clouds got to do.

One day, Cloudette got her chance.

This little book about the power of a little cloud to make a little part of the world better made me very happy to read.

“This gave Cloudette an idea…

She held her breath until she s
Mar 20, 2016 Diane rated it it was amazing
Cloudette wanted to be able to do "big and important things." But everywhere she turned, it seemed she wasn't needed and that made her feel blue. One day, after a storm, she discovers that she's been blown into a new neighborhood. And she discovers a frog in need of a pond.

Even when you're small, you can make a big difference in someone's life.
Mar 10, 2015 Erin rated it really liked it
A little, tiny cloud wants to do something big in the world without becoming a big rain cloud. She gets blown away from her old friends and neighborhood during a big storm. She makes new friends and decides to really do something. She concentrates really hard and then pees all over the ground and creates a pond!

Good for preschool storytime.
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Children's book author/illustrator writes for kids who love to laugh and grown-ups who love to laugh along with them. When not making up stories and drawing silly pictures, he likes to get other people's kids all riled-up then send them home to their parents.
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