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3.72  ·  Rating details ·  652 ratings  ·  137 reviews
Sam wants to go out but it's pouring with rain, so he and Grandpa decide to stay inside until the rain stops. Sam drinks hot chocolate and reads his books and dreams of adventures while Grandpa gets on with his important paperwork. Grandpa seems to have a VERY important letter to write. Then that very important letter has to be posted, despite the rain and floods. As they ...more
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published April 11th 2016 by Templar Publishing (first published April 1st 2016)
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Nov 01, 2018 rated it liked it
Recommended to Hilary by: Found in the library
I've read a couple of books now by this author/illustrator and they follow the same pattern of a boy who wants to go out to see the rain/ the snow/ the wind, but Grandad takes a long time to get ready. I can see how children might empathise with the boys frustration of the adult world that doesn't or can't just rush straight out there. The stories are all very 'every day' life experiences until towards the end of each story where something impossible or extraordinary happens. In this story on th ...more
Vera Godley
Mar 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The real winner and story teller of the book is the illustrations as they tell the story that words can't convey - a boy's imagation and desire to explore and enjoy.

It's raining. It keeps raining and the boy really wants to go explore the puddles, catch drops in his mouth, and envision and experience the imaginary as he splashes and dashes through the rain. Granddad is busy writing a letter and other things grandpops do until when finally the rain stops and he says, "let's go."

The adventure be
Nick Swarbrick
Mar 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nature, picturebooks
Another charming book in this series about weather - and this time we are confronted by the adult (Grandpa) putting off going out because of the rain: the child reader can surely identify with this. However, the eventual expedition is well worth the wait...
A grandfather and grandson weather the storm.
Connie T.
Aug 24, 2017 rated it liked it
The cover, with its the raised raindrops, immediately drew me into the book. The end papers continue to reflect the theme and draw the reader along. The art is bright and colorful when it's telling the story of a boy who wants to go out and play in the rain. Interspersed with this is the story of a busy grandfather who tells the boy they must wait for the rain to end. Each time the grandfather says "no" there's a double page spread showing a gray outside world with rising water in the street. Fi ...more
Nov 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books, ks1
Beautiful illustrations, can't stop re-reading to look at them again and again. Lovely narrative but the majority of the story is told through the pictures. ...more
Brenda Kahn
A beautiful picture book about a young boy who eagerly waits to go out with his grandfather on a rainy day. The gorgeous illustrations kind of remind me of a less-busy style of Peter Spier. Lots of lovely detail and bleeding watercolors. The kids I read this to asked me to borrow Snow from the public library.
May 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
From the moment I saw the cover with the raised-up, blobby raindrops on it, I knew this would be a book that was worth waiting for, and I was right! From the same author of Snow, the magic continues on a rainy day with further adventures for our hero and Grandad. Perfectly lovely.
Sarah Brombley
Dec 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: family, transport, nature
Loved this story of a boy wanting to play in the rain but his Grandad making him wait. You think he’s being mean, but then he takes him on the most amazing flood-based adventure once the rain has stopped. Lovely relationships and many links to be made to areas of learning.
Alex  Baugh
Sam really wants to go out and play in the rain, there are raindrops to catch, puddles to splash in, adventures to have. But when he asks Grandpa if they can go out and play, Grandpa says to wait till the rain stops, But will is ever stop? Meanwhile, Grandpa sits and writes his important letter, over and over and over, trying to get it right. Until, finally, the rain stops and Grandpa's letter is finished. Did Sam and Grandpa miss all the fun of a rainy day? No siree bob, they did not. The rain ...more
Apr 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
A young boy wakes up to pouring rain, but unlike many people, he's thrilled as he thinks of all the adventures he can have in the rain. But his grandfather is not so eager to go out in the rain so he asks Sam to wait and wait and wait. After each time the grandfather asks Sam to wait the illustrator presents a full two-page spread. And the reader gets to watch the water level rise in each of these two-page spreads. When Sam and his grandfather do finally go outside I admit I was a bit surprised ...more
Cheriee Weichel
Sep 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my second Sam Usher book this week and I am becoming increasingly fond of his work and this granddad and grandson. It’s raining and the younger one wants to go out and do the usual outdoor rain stuff, like catch raindrops and splash in puddles. The elder wants to wait for the rain to stop. They wait and they wait. The grandson comes up with imaginative ideas of what he wants to do. They wait and wait until finally it stops and they head outside into a magical world.
Aaron W. Matthews
Jun 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Excellently illustrated. Simple story. Great for a 3-6 year old. If your child is like mine, you’ll re-read this multiple times, but that’s okay because it’s about a 4-minute read if you stretch it out.
Apr 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Simple, but well constructed story with gorgeous illustrations!
Apr 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Beautifully illustrated book about waiting and imagination.
Jun 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My kids love this series
Alyssa Christy
"Rain" by Sam Usher tells of a little boy named Sam who wakes up one morning and it was raining. He could not wait to get outside and play in the rain and jump in the puddles. However, his grandfather will not let him go outside because he is writing an important letter. After waiting and pleading to go outside, it was finally time for grandfather and Sam to go out. Sam mailed his grandfathers letter and they came back and drank hot chocolate. Sam hoped for it to rain again tomorrow. I loved the ...more
Sep 23, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
This picture book has a lovely message at the end to it!
Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
Rain by Sam Usher. PICTURE BOOK. Templar, 2017. $17.



It’s raining and a young boy wants to go out and play. Will the rain stop or will he set off through the downpour to have an adventure with his granddad?

A plot that is at times a bit confusing, as though some pages are missing, is greatly helped by illustrations reminiscent of Quentin Blake. Younger readers should be able to overlook content weaknesses and instead enjoy the imagery of a
Olivia S
Mar 20, 2018 rated it it was ok
The cover of this book is so neat, and a lot of the illustrations, especially of the rainy street, are cool. The story is pretty weak, though. A boy wants to go outside and play and have adventures in the rain, but his grandpa keeps saying no. When grandpa needs to mail an important letter, they go outside and the rain has stopped. Even though it starts raining again while they're out, apparently grandpa's need to mail the letter is more important than the boy's desire to play in the rain earlie ...more
Abby Hargreaves
Jul 13, 2017 rated it liked it
Rain is a cute and quick read with watercolor illustrations reminiscent of old Roald Dahl covers. As a tribute to rain, Rain reiterates the magic of cloudy weather and imagination. The cover is especially innovative with shiny rain drops and a title that seems to be carved out of fog on a window. Lovely and old fashioned, this book is good for both one-on-one and storytime.
Andrew Davies
Jul 27, 2019 rated it liked it
This is a tale of a young boy's imagination when it rains, with which every child - but maybe not every adult - will identify. Our young (unnamed) storyteller wants to go outside into the rain, not just to catch raindrops in his mouth, splash in puddles or enjoy reflections in them, but to voyage with sea monsters to a floating city with fancy acrobats and musical boatmen. Perhaps I, as an adult reading this book, learned more about how children see the world than a child would who already sees ...more
Hannah-Grace Freeman
Mar 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Rain, is a children's book about a little boy who LOVES to play in the rain. One day while it is pouring down rain, the little boy asks his grandpa to go outside! Unfortunately, his grandpa tells him no. The little boy continues to ask his grandpa to go outside and play, but he keeps saying no! Eventually, after the rain stops, the little boy and his grandpa go outside. While they are outside, they have this whimsical adventure and enjoy their time outside together! The little boy learns that so ...more
I wanted to like this more than I did. It's a story of a little boy who wants to go play in the rain, but his grandfather makes him wait until he (the grandfather) has received and replied to a very important letter. By the time they go out, the street has flooded so completely, I'd be panicking about water splashing over the doorstep and into the house, not to mention whatever is going on in the basement you can no longer see. I liked the book until that point. Once they leave the house, I am c ...more
Aug 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sam Usher’s Rain is a beautifully illustrated book evocative of line sketch style of Quentin Blake with the addition of gorgeous watercolor. These drawings conjure a rainy day so powerfully, readers will listen for thunder and lightning as they turn the pages. The story’s protagonist wants to go outside and play in the bad weather, but his Granddad’s veto encourages him to find something else to do while they wait for the rain to stop. The conclusion of the story is a riot of stunning color in w ...more
Nov 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Sam is anxious to play outside, but the rainy weather forces him to stay inside. Meanwhile Grandpa is doing paperwork. When his letter is finished, Grandpa and Sam venture outside to post the letter and have a splendid adventure.

Usher revisits the characters introduced in “Snow,” and the result is a beautiful picture book with evocative two-page spreads that are a perfect complement to the quietly humorous story of an impatient child and his phlegmatic senior companion. Usher quietly reveals a
Christine Irvin
Mar 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It's raining when a young boy wakes up. He wants to go outside and play in the rain. But, his granddad says, "Perhaps it's best to stay indoors." So, the young boy waits and waits and waits but it doesn't stop raining. He tells his granddad that he wants to go out in the rain. Again, his granddad puts him off. It finally stops raining and Granddad tells him to hurry and get ready. Granddad needs to mail a letter and he wants to do that before it rains.

So, they put on their rain gear, grab their
Colona Public Library
I love this series about the Weather. Every book involves the same grandfather and grandson. The grandson is excited for the season change and is always waiting for his grandfather to get outside. In this book it is raining. They always have such an active imagination. The illustrations are colorful and really capture the mood of the book. I specifically like the page where they are both reflected in the water when they walked out their front door. The Grandson wanted to splash in puddles, but i ...more
Lauren Carr
Jan 17, 2019 rated it did not like it
While this picture book does try to deliver the message that good things come to those who wait and combine colorful pictures with suspense it still falls short of being a great picture book. Overall, the book was not as engaging as other storybooks and the message is not powerfully portrayed. Throughout the majority of the book, the main character wants to go outside and play in the rain but his grandfather repeatedly tells him no. Finally, when the boy and grandfather go outside and have an ad ...more
This is a sweet picture book that shares a special time shared between a little boy and his grandfather. It's a gray, rainy day and the little boy is looking forward to playing outside, but his grandfather tells him they need to wait until the rain stops. The boy reads books, while his grandfather does some paperwork. When the rain stops briefly and they go outside to mail a letter, the adventure that they share is perfect. The illustrations are almost magical, as they pull readers into this won ...more
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Sam Usher’s first book, Can You See Sassoon?, was long-listed for the Kate Greenaway Medal. He is also the author and illustrator of Snow, Rain, and Sun, the companion books to Storm, the first of which was long-listed for the Kate Greenaway Medal. He lives in England.

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