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3.99  ·  Rating details ·  2,232 ratings  ·  222 reviews
Eleven-year-old Polly Peabody knows her family's world-famous rhubarb farm is magical. The plants taste like chocolate, jewels appear in the soil, bugs talk to her, and her best friend is a rhubarb plant named Harry. But the most magical thing is that every single Monday, at exactly 1:00, it rains. Until the Monday when the rain just stops. Now it's up to Polly to figure o ...more
Hardcover, 358 pages
Published March 4th 2010 by Dial Books for Young Readers (first published February 26th 2010)
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May 22, 2010 rated it did not like it
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
Jun 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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Sep 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 16, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
C.J. Milbrandt
Polly Peabody's family lives on what can only be called a magical farm. Their house is a castle. Nobody can drown in their lake. The insects are surprisingly intelligent. And it rains every Monday at 1:00 p.m., without fail. Which does wonders for their rhubarb crops. But events conspire, and it looks as if they might lose the farm.

Rhubarb and emerald rings. School bullies and best friends. Dragon flies and dark towers. Sabotage and saving the farm. Absolutely fun, uplifting without being overl
Mar 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 08, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, midgrade
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 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Dec 09, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Susan  Dunn
Oct 22, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Oct 04, 2011 rated it it was ok
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.
Sep 09, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I luuuuv this book it gas such creativity and I love the big giant umbrella swing and the diamonds in the dirt :)
Jun 11, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Readers of Ingrid Law's Savvy series or others in the genre of magical realism will find much to like here. Chocolate rhubarb, anyone?
Oct 11, 2010 rated it it was amazing
easy world to fall into, written with grace, charm and wit.
Sep 14, 2010 rated it liked it
I learned that even when you are young you can complete any challenge that is through at you.
Monica Edinger
Jun 06, 2010 rated it liked it
Enjoyed this. Liked the premise very much as it had a fresh, original feel to it.
Sep 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 30, 2016 rated it it was ok
I really enjoyed the first half of this book, then it all went downhill from there. The ending was so painfully slow and repetitive.
Addie P
Aug 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This is my all time favorite book EVER!!!!! It is amazing, there are no words to explain it enough!!!!!!!
N.A. Cauldron
Mar 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
This looked like a silly, fun kids' book, and I must admit, it was extraordinarily creative. I found it to be a bit too preachy for my taste however, and even though the author sorta made it OK in the end, she sorta didn't either. The preaching was—Farmers are stupid and less important than those with "real" careers. Personal desire is greater than responsibility. Individual wants supercede group needs. Women who decide to do certain things with their life are of less value than women who choose ...more
Kristin (Life Between the Pages)
2.5 stars

There was a lot happening with this book. Overall, the premise is clever, but slow and forced in parts. I felt the fantasy elements weren't always necessary or fitting to the plot. The editing leaves something to be desired; there are several grammar and continuity errors throughout the book. My biggest gripe is the underlying message of Aunt Edith's character, which seems to be that it's okay to manipulate and destroy your family so long as you're following your dreams and pursuing a "
Jan 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
My son gave it 4 stars. I can’t decide if I would do 4 or 3. I think it was a solidly good book. I loved the idea of the magic rhubarb and how so many special things happened for this family. I was reading The Rules of Magic at the same time, so it just happened to be a lot of magic in my life.

I like all the wonder and pretend but I didn’t know how much it would affect my child, the thoughts of this little girl who was trying to figure herself out in a magical world. Something about it seemed a
Nov 09, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: jfic, fantasy, family-life
Unusual tale of flora and fauna magic, and how it touches a young girl's heart and actions. Young Polly Peabody has a huge set of shoes to fill, and she has reached this stage a little bit too early. Cry with Polly and rejoice with her as she finds her place on her family's fantastical farm of Rhubarb, scary slugsland, dragonflies that spell, and a mysterious castle turret and a farm silo.
May 17, 2018 rated it liked it
The kiddos completely lost interest in this one about half way through. I think it was a bit too slow for them. Since we were half way through and I can't seem to quit books I finished it on my own.
Overall it was a nice story, I just felt it could have gotten there a little quicker.
Jan 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I think that this book was truly probably the best book I have ever read! It took me a while to get going with it, but I sure am glad! I loved the way the author left you off and I can really make a connection with the main charcter in the story.
Mar 22, 2018 rated it liked it
I liked this one, it was different and funny and I really want to
taste chocolate rhubarb!!
May 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: middle-grade
This was a family read-around and the resident 3rd grader loved it.
Jan 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-with-katie, 2019
Great book. My 10 year old and I listened to this in the car and we were engaged from the very beginning...towards the end we sometimes would sit in the car to keep listening.
Apr 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
I remember reading this as a child, and thinking I was so great for reading such a large book. A good book though
Oct 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bee-2017-2018
10 year old review: Drizzle was AWESOME!
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