The Rain Door
Written by Russell Hoban
Illustrated by Quentin Blake
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Former Children’s Laureate Quentin Blake team up for this hugely original weather-based fantasy. It’s a hot, hot summer Thursday when Harry hears the rag-and-bone man calling out “Rainy numbers up. Any thunder up?” Not knowing what any of it might mean, Harry follows the cart through the rain door and out into the strange world of weather. Quentin Blake makes hot and cold weather beautiful and tangible.
The Good Book Guide Review. Heatstroke? Mirage? A confusion of sounds that sets off a train of thought? All of these send Harry off. on a scorching hot afternoon, in pursuit of the rag-and-bone man who is offering ‘Rainy number up. Any thunder up'. But once through the rain door Harry's adventures - with a clockwork dinosaur who hoots YAROOGA and chases off a lion - have only just begun. Hoban and Blake bring out the best in one another: a great picture book.
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The Rain Door by Russell Hoban
This is a young boy's fantastic and fantastical trip of discovery beyond the real world...with a horn that goes GAHOOGA! One hot summer Thursday, Harry meets the rag-and-bone man and his horse, and follows them through the rain door - to a whole other world behind the weather. When Harry hears a lion roar, he wants to get home as fast as he can...but that turns out to be easier said than done. After an exciting adventure involving a home-made dinosaur and a sky-high flight through the mother of all thunderstorms, will Harry manage to escape the thundering lion and get back home?
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