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. Volume XX Number 32. . . .April 18, 2014
It’s a typical April afternoon until Mr. Lemonman is invited to a tea party at Wormington the Third’s home. Upon Mr. Lemonman’s arrival, he learns that this is no social call. Instead, Wormington has a proposition: he wants Mr. Lemonman to make it rain by turning a very important lever. Mr. Lemonman wholeheartedly agrees to help his new friends, not thinking anything could possibly go wrong.
Natahsa Ferrill’s A Party, Some Rain and Wiggleworm Lane is the second book in “The Lemonman” picture book series, the first being The Lemonman: A Picnic, a Toad and Swampwater Road. This second installment is not only sweet and endearing but also educational with a strong moral. Ferrill highlights a number of themes, including consequences, the environment and morality but does so in a relatable way. Though the story, itself, is wordy at times, Ferrill’s rhyming couplets are almost always perfectly paced. She cleverly identifies the untrustworthy villain of the story, Wormington the Third, by making him a worm and not a fruit or vegetable like all the other residents of Applenook. A Party, Some Rain and Wiggleworm Lane is a fun and playful tale that children will not be able to resist.
Inderjit Deogun is a communications professional in Toronto, ON.
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