Soaked!
A Hula-Hooping moose, a badger with a bumblebee umbrella, a rabbit in a cashmere sweater, and a very wet bear star in this unpredictable and laugh-out-loud picture book in which having fun gets the best of a grumpy bear.It looks like a wet and dreary day for Bear and his trio of friends. How could he possibly have fun when he is soaked? But Badger, Rabbit, and Moose don't seem to mind. In fact, Moose can still hula hoop! And it looks like so much fun. Might Bear like to try?Here is a story that shows that fun is not dependent on sunshine and blue skies. In fact, it might be more fun to be soaked!

Soaked! Details

TitleSoaked!
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJul 14th, 2020
PublisherViking Children's Books
ISBN-139781984836625
Rating
GenreChildrens, Picture Books, Animals, Juvenile, Storytime

Soaked! Review

  • Edward Sullivan
    January 1, 1970
    A lively, soaking good time with charming, expressive illustrations.
  • Dana
    January 1, 1970
    When a badger, bunny, Hula-Hooping moose, and a very grumpy bear are caught in a rain shower, one animal seems to take it worse than the others. Bear cannot help but complain about how much the rain ruins everything. The pen and digital watercolor illustrations perfectly capture the humorously dismal feeling the bear continues to have, and the bold lettering emphasizes key words and phrases further add to the tone of the story. As an elementary teacher, I can not wait to share this with my stude When a badger, bunny, Hula-Hooping moose, and a very grumpy bear are caught in a rain shower, one animal seems to take it worse than the others. Bear cannot help but complain about how much the rain ruins everything. The pen and digital watercolor illustrations perfectly capture the humorously dismal feeling the bear continues to have, and the bold lettering emphasizes key words and phrases further add to the tone of the story. As an elementary teacher, I can not wait to share this with my students. The story creates opportunities to examine word choice, how illustrations convey aspects of the character and plot, and the idea of positive and negative perspectives. It would also make an excellent book to model reading with expression given the bold text used for emphasis and sarcasm. The depiction of the bear’s plight made me chuckle numerous times, and a Hula-Hooping moose is sure to elicit giggles from young readers. Fans of Penguin Problems and Mother Bruce are sure to enjoy Abi Cushman’s debut picture book, Soaked! As a part of an ARC-sharing group called #BookAllies, I received an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Laura Mossa
    January 1, 1970
    According to a bear, rain ruins everything he loves. Ice cream. Sand castles. Cashmere sweaters (Really? Not sure about that last one). Seeking shelter in his cave, he invites his friends but it gets a little crowded when one of your friends is a hula hooping moose. If only you could find your bumblebee umbrella. Hmm. Seems odd that the badger found hers. (Wait a minute. Why would a badger have the same umbrella?) But when one of moose’s hula hoops get stuck in a tree, the wallowing bear can’t j According to a bear, rain ruins everything he loves. Ice cream. Sand castles. Cashmere sweaters (Really? Not sure about that last one). Seeking shelter in his cave, he invites his friends but it gets a little crowded when one of your friends is a hula hooping moose. If only you could find your bumblebee umbrella. Hmm. Seems odd that the badger found hers. (Wait a minute. Why would a badger have the same umbrella?) But when one of moose’s hula hoops get stuck in a tree, the wallowing bear can’t just sit there. As he, rabbit, and badger free the hula hoop, they all fall into a huge puddle with the hoop around bear’s neck. Could hula hoop + puddle + rain =fun?Last week, I had the opportunity to do a live read aloud of Soaked to my #classroombookaday second grade class. After I read, we discussed the lesson of the story. A student said Soaked teaches us to look for the good, not the bad. The conversation grew with the realization that while we all wish we were together in the classroom listening to the story, we are happy that we can be together virtually through Google Meets. We are learning how to change our perspective and seeing the positive rather than dwelling on the negative. Great message for today and every day! Thanks to Viking Books/Penguin Random House and Edelweiss for an e-copy. Look for Soaked on June 14, 2020.
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  • Heather Stigall
    January 1, 1970
    A few years ago, I was viewing art at a children’s writing & illustrating conference, and I came across an image of a bear standing in the rain holding dripping wet ice cream cone. He looked miserable. And I fell in love. So, when I heard this image (and more) by Abi Cushman was going to be in a book, I squealed with delight. And now it’s here! This story is told from the point of view of a bear who is NOT happy about a rainy day (or anything, really). He spends a lot of time and energy wallowin A few years ago, I was viewing art at a children’s writing & illustrating conference, and I came across an image of a bear standing in the rain holding dripping wet ice cream cone. He looked miserable. And I fell in love. So, when I heard this image (and more) by Abi Cushman was going to be in a book, I squealed with delight. And now it’s here! This story is told from the point of view of a bear who is NOT happy about a rainy day (or anything, really). He spends a lot of time and energy wallowing in his misery and tries to take down all his woodland friends in the process. His friends do not have the same attitude and try to show Bear that he might be able to have some fun, even on a soaking wet day. Abi’s art is so expressive, you almost don’t need to read the text to appreciate the story (but you most certainly do need the art to tell the story—this is a true example of the marriage between art and text). This book has a miserable bear, a hula hooping moose, a cashmere sweater wearing rabbit, an umbrella toting badger, rain and more rain, and lot and lots of fun! I love SOAKED and I hope you will too!
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  • Isabella Kung
    January 1, 1970
    SOAKED! is a laugh-out-loud book, perfect for kids! We follow a mopey, Bear who groans and complains at just about everything because the rain, nothing could cheer him up. With the help of his friends, he eventually found a moment of fun and embraced every drop of the rain until everyone is SOAKED! This book shows us how our perspective can change everything, seeing the positive sides of things and making the most out of every situation can drastically change everything! I especially love the il SOAKED! is a laugh-out-loud book, perfect for kids! We follow a mopey, Bear who groans and complains at just about everything because the rain, nothing could cheer him up. With the help of his friends, he eventually found a moment of fun and embraced every drop of the rain until everyone is SOAKED! This book shows us how our perspective can change everything, seeing the positive sides of things and making the most out of every situation can drastically change everything! I especially love the illustrations in this book. While it is in first-person and the main story focuses on the Bear, all of his friends making the most out of whatever Bear has given up on and having a great time. (Like Badger collecting Bear's melted ice cream and drinking it as a milkshake!) All of these details that are never mentioned in the text enriches the story made me laugh. A perfect marriage of illustration and text!
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  • Kirsten
    January 1, 1970
    This has been one of my most highly anticipated picture book titles of the summer, and I'm so thrilled to say that SOAKED! didn't disappoint. Bear is such an "Eeyore." He just can't find anything fun about the rain drip, dripping all around. And he thinks all his friends are as bored and disappointed as he is. I think most children have had moments when they feel like Bear. I know I have, especially while sheltering in place. But soon Bear finds a moment of fun. Will he change his tune and be ov This has been one of my most highly anticipated picture book titles of the summer, and I'm so thrilled to say that SOAKED! didn't disappoint. Bear is such an "Eeyore." He just can't find anything fun about the rain drip, dripping all around. And he thinks all his friends are as bored and disappointed as he is. I think most children have had moments when they feel like Bear. I know I have, especially while sheltering in place. But soon Bear finds a moment of fun. Will he change his tune and be overjoyed once the sun comes out? You'll have to read on your own to find out. This is a perfect book for fans of Grumpy Monkey, Mother Bruce, Rain!, and Hooray for Hat. Abi Cushman's illustrations are so detailed and lovely. I had fun watching the Bear's friends from page-to-page to see how they responded to the rain compared to Bear.
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  • Qing Zhuang
    January 1, 1970
    “Soaked” is perfect for read-alouds and sure to get your kid laughing and pointing out the quirky details. Abi Cushman’s unique and expressive illustrations feature a motley crew of forest animals.You will meet Bear and his friends, a hula hooping moose, the shifty badger and a quiet rabbit in an oversized sweater. Bear, by nature, doesn’t like to try new things and tends to see the negative side of things. However as it happens in life, the friends experience an unexpected downpour and Bear fee “Soaked” is perfect for read-alouds and sure to get your kid laughing and pointing out the quirky details. Abi Cushman’s unique and expressive illustrations feature a motley crew of forest animals.You will meet Bear and his friends, a hula hooping moose, the shifty badger and a quiet rabbit in an oversized sweater. Bear, by nature, doesn’t like to try new things and tends to see the negative side of things. However as it happens in life, the friends experience an unexpected downpour and Bear feels that everything is going wrong. You will find out how Bear learns to not only love the rain but to try something new. This is a story about shifting perspectives, being open minded and facing challenges with friends set to a humorous tone that will sure to entertain!
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  • Rajani LaRocca
    January 1, 1970
    I absolutely love this picture book about a grumpy bear whose favorite things (ice cream cones, sand castles, cashmere sweaters) are ruined by a very rainy day. Can the bear and other animal friends come up with a way to enjoy themselves, or are they doomed to mope? The text is spare, the art is adorable, and both together are hilarious! Abi Cushman taps into the familiar feeling of everything being awful due to circumstances beyond our control (something we can all relate to right now), while g I absolutely love this picture book about a grumpy bear whose favorite things (ice cream cones, sand castles, cashmere sweaters) are ruined by a very rainy day. Can the bear and other animal friends come up with a way to enjoy themselves, or are they doomed to mope? The text is spare, the art is adorable, and both together are hilarious! Abi Cushman taps into the familiar feeling of everything being awful due to circumstances beyond our control (something we can all relate to right now), while giving us a gentle reminder that we can still decide to find a way to make the best of a bad situation, and even, just maybe, have fun.
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  • Ari
    January 1, 1970
    I actually thought I might like this one better than I did - everyone has that grumpy friend who hates change, grumbles at every step, even though ends up secretly enjoying every single moment of the adventure set on motion.The gloomy bear and the cheerful animal friends make for a great cast, each with their unique features, and the illustrations were grumpily funny, but somehow I did not end up loving this book. Sometimes the illustrations work better than the words for me, but I am sure I wil I actually thought I might like this one better than I did - everyone has that grumpy friend who hates change, grumbles at every step, even though ends up secretly enjoying every single moment of the adventure set on motion.The gloomy bear and the cheerful animal friends make for a great cast, each with their unique features, and the illustrations were grumpily funny, but somehow I did not end up loving this book. Sometimes the illustrations work better than the words for me, but I am sure I will keep reading this with my little one every now and then.--PS: I do have someone I might be tempted to give a copy as a gift at some point, lol. Wonder if my joke might appreciated.
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  • Carrie Finison
    January 1, 1970
    We’ve all been there. Glum. Gloomy. Rain in our ice cream. But a rainy day can be better with good friends, especially good friends who help pull you out of the doldrums. Sometimes all it takes is a pink plastic hula hoop and suddenly you’re having fun! This funny, charming picture book makes for a great read-aloud, with a main character reminiscent of grouchy Mother Bruce. The illustrations are active and fun and colorful in spite of the rain (I WANT that blue bumblebee umbrella!) Most of all, We’ve all been there. Glum. Gloomy. Rain in our ice cream. But a rainy day can be better with good friends, especially good friends who help pull you out of the doldrums. Sometimes all it takes is a pink plastic hula hoop and suddenly you’re having fun! This funny, charming picture book makes for a great read-aloud, with a main character reminiscent of grouchy Mother Bruce. The illustrations are active and fun and colorful in spite of the rain (I WANT that blue bumblebee umbrella!) Most of all, I love the story’s message – that there’s fun to be had even on dreary days, and a change of perspective can change your attitude.
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  • Mary Copp
    January 1, 1970
    Author/Illustrator Abi Cushman delights readers of all ages with her debut picture book SOAKED! Spare text and adorable illustrations combine to make this a funny, sweet and soggy story. Poor Bear. Rain ruins everything Bear loves - from ice cream cones to cashmere sweaters. And his cave is awfully crowded when his friends join him there. Nothing is working out for Bear. Will trying Moose’s hula hoop make him happier? Can Bear be happy on the dreariest of days? SOAKED! is a great read-aloud and Author/Illustrator Abi Cushman delights readers of all ages with her debut picture book SOAKED! Spare text and adorable illustrations combine to make this a funny, sweet and soggy story. Poor Bear. Rain ruins everything Bear loves - from ice cream cones to cashmere sweaters. And his cave is awfully crowded when his friends join him there. Nothing is working out for Bear. Will trying Moose’s hula hoop make him happier? Can Bear be happy on the dreariest of days? SOAKED! is a great read-aloud and very funny in all kinds of weather!
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  • Kjersten
    January 1, 1970
    This story invites giggles! SOAKED by Abi Cushman takes a rainy day and grumpy attitude and turns both into a silly hula-hooping splashdown. There are so many funny images throughout—from the shrunken cashmere sweater, to the melting ice cream cone, to the possibly-stolen umbrella, to page-after-page of a moose that hula-hoops. The contrast between the grumpy Eeyore-like main character and all sorts of rainy-day goofiness only adds to the delight. The perfect laugh-out-loud read-aloud for a rain This story invites giggles! SOAKED by Abi Cushman takes a rainy day and grumpy attitude and turns both into a silly hula-hooping splashdown. There are so many funny images throughout—from the shrunken cashmere sweater, to the melting ice cream cone, to the possibly-stolen umbrella, to page-after-page of a moose that hula-hoops. The contrast between the grumpy Eeyore-like main character and all sorts of rainy-day goofiness only adds to the delight. The perfect laugh-out-loud read-aloud for a rainy day!
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  • Melanie Ellsworth
    January 1, 1970
    I laughed at every page of this book! Readers will delight in finding the little outlandish surprises in both the text and illustrations, like moose's hula hoop, bear's cashmere sweater, and bear's friends "borrowing" his stuff. Any grumpy listeners at read-aloud time will undergo the same transformation as bear - from wallowing to whooping with joy! A perfect rainy day (and everyday) book to lift one's spirits and remind us to make the best of what comes our way. I can't imagine a more child-fr I laughed at every page of this book! Readers will delight in finding the little outlandish surprises in both the text and illustrations, like moose's hula hoop, bear's cashmere sweater, and bear's friends "borrowing" his stuff. Any grumpy listeners at read-aloud time will undergo the same transformation as bear - from wallowing to whooping with joy! A perfect rainy day (and everyday) book to lift one's spirits and remind us to make the best of what comes our way. I can't imagine a more child-friendly narrator than bear, who feels like everyone's best friend.
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  • Hope Lim
    January 1, 1970
    Bear doesn’t like rainy days as they ruin everything. He eventually finds something fun about the rain, but only until an unexpected turn of events makes Bear grumpy again. This is such a delightful and relatable story led by Bear, grumpy yet likeable. Abi Cushman's illustrations capture Bear’s expressions with brilliance and amazing consistency in each spread. The readability and charming illustrations will surely win the hearts of young readers, who will laugh at this fun day out with friends.
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  • Anna Crowley Redding
    January 1, 1970
    This book! The illustrations are just gorgeous, conveying so much emotion and texture and depth. Masterful. The story will be a great read to kids are having a less than stellar day. It's about changing your mind about your circumstances. But this take away is delivered with humor and surprise. For teachers and educators, the descriptive words would make a wonderful writing mini-lesson! Enjoy reading this charming charming book and prepare to fall in love with a grumpy (but oh so endearing) bear This book! The illustrations are just gorgeous, conveying so much emotion and texture and depth. Masterful. The story will be a great read to kids are having a less than stellar day. It's about changing your mind about your circumstances. But this take away is delivered with humor and surprise. For teachers and educators, the descriptive words would make a wonderful writing mini-lesson! Enjoy reading this charming charming book and prepare to fall in love with a grumpy (but oh so endearing) bear! #bookaday #classroombookaday #readaloud
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  • Sara Magnafichi
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to author/illustrator, Abi Cushman, for providing a copy of Soaked to #collabookation. Bear is such a grumpy soul. No matter what happens he has to complain about it. Too wet. Too crowded. Will his attitude change or will he continue on with his grumpy way? Such a sweet story and Abby's illustrations are spot on and truly bring this story to life. Will be purchasing when published on July 14, 2020!
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  • Larissa Marantz
    January 1, 1970
    Soaked is a delightfully fun read aloud book for young readers. When grumpy bear and his friends are caught in the rain, there's nothing much to do but complain, until something unexpected happens which turns everything round and round. The illustrations capture the changing moods of the characters in such an expressive way. Abi Cushman's debut picture book is the perfect book for reading on a rainy afternoon, or a sunny afternoon, for that matter.
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  • Elisa Boxer
    January 1, 1970
    The perfect book to read with your kids these days, as it's all about making the best of a bad situation! The whole family will laugh out loud as grumpy bear mopes around, complaining about the rain. Boo-hoo, everything important to him is getting soaked. But wait... Is he actually having fun despite himself? Debut creator Abi Cushman's illustrations are adorable, her characters are memorable, and the theme is universal. This is one you'll read time and time again!
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  • Joana Pastro
    January 1, 1970
    SOAKED! by Abi Cushman is adorable and absolutely hilarious! It’s raining and Bear isn’t happy. At. All. All of his favorite things are ruined. Is there a way to make a rainy day fun for this grumpy bear? Read and find out! This book is relatable to anyone who’s ever had a bad day (everyone, right?). It’s pure laugh-out-loud fun during a read aloud and while looking closely at Cushman’s amazing art. A great addition to any library!
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  • Rob Justus
    January 1, 1970
    Like grumpy bear, I too suffer from wallowing misery when I find myself caught in the rain trying to eat a scrumptious ice cream cone. Sometimes you can’t help it when you’re soaked. But just like grumpy bear, when no one is looking, maybe there’s an opportunity for fun when you’re soaked. With great writing, pictures, pacing and great page turns, SOAKED is a funny, laugh-out-loud, read aloud that makes you want to dig out that old hula hoop and splish splish splosh until your heart's content!
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  • Misty Miller
    January 1, 1970
    This delightful picture book is one that all ages will enjoy. The detailed drawings partner perfectly with the words to tell a fun story. Often my son had me turn the page back so he could look longer at the illustrations. There is great use of figurative language that assists in painting the mental image for the reader. This book allowed for great conversation with my son about attitude and choice in your own happiness. I encourage purchasing this book for your personal or school library.
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  • Laura
    January 1, 1970
    There is so much to love about SOAKED!: the unexpected narrator, the dry (or should I say wet?) wit, the many threads to follow in the illustrations, the role of Hula Hoops... I could go on. This debut's refreshing storyline brims with humor and understated delights: chuckle at the umbrella mystery, admire the craft behind the silent companions with huge personalities, and recognize the influence of Eeyore on bear. Now... go out and get SOAKED!
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  • Vicky Fang
    January 1, 1970
    SOAKED! is such a fun read! It’s about a grumpy bear and his adorable animal friends trying to have fun despite the rain. Nothing seems to work, until a surprising mishap with a hula hoop! The illustrations are adorable, and kids will love the humor (what could be sillier than a hula hooping moose!?) Overall, a great read-aloud and laugh-out-loud story.
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  • Kelly Carey
    January 1, 1970
    Soaked is drenched in adorable illustrations and lovable characters. Cranky bear cries “blah” at everything in sight while a hula hooping Moose offers up giggling fun. You will be convinced that the pages are actually wet and that rain will drip right out of the book in this wonderful story of finding the fun in even the dreariest of days. It’s all about attitude and hula hoops of course!
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  • Aubrey Jones
    January 1, 1970
    This book pulled me in with the real and heart warming images. The story tugs at your heart strings and the illustrations keep you captivated throughout. This book is beautifully written and shows that having fun can sometimes be more fun in the rain! Every home, classroom and library needs this book!
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  • Adam Blackman
    January 1, 1970
    In which a grumpy bear not at all pleased with the rain learns from his adorable trio of animal friends (+ one very consequential hula hoop) how to lighten up a bit. Text and illustrations play off each other well, highlighting bear's journey from sarcastic to jubilant. An author/illustrator debut that makes me excited for the next book.
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  • Colleen
    January 1, 1970
    A grumpy bear discovers it’s not all bad getting “Soaked” in this laugh-out-loud funny story. Readers of all ages will feel the bear’s pain and (spoiler alert) joy as he manages to find a silver lining to the very wet weather. The illustrations (especially the hula-hooping moose!) are so much fun. Friends, fun, and hula hoops! What's not to love?!
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  • Danielle
    January 1, 1970
    A grouchy bear and his friends are tired of rain, rain, rain... sound familiar? But there's joy to be had in rain, and his friends hula-hoop moose, badger, and rabbit are sticking by him in (and out of) a downpour. Crisp illustrations with wry jabs accompany a sweet story reminiscent of Winnie the Pooh - if driven by grumpy ol' Eeyore!
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  • Gregory Barrington
    January 1, 1970
    Soaked! By Abi Cushman magically captures the boredom and surprise adventures that can occur on a rainy day. A great read irregardless of the weather—kids will want to laugh and hula-hoop along with the characters in this fresh, fun story. Delightful and expressive illustrations filled with hidden treasures and details.
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  • Danielle Hammelef
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoyed this fun romp through the rain with friends. The illustrations are adorable and I found bits of humor told in them too (think ice cream cone turned into a shake). The ending was hilarious and so fitting for these wildlife friends, leaving so much to the readers' imaginations to think about what happens after the book is closed.
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