CM . . . . Volume XXIV Number 22. . . . February 9, 2018
In Wet, a little boy arrives at a public swimming pool, and so begins an engaging exploration of all ways to get wet. Cataloguing opposites to great effect, the boy notes that you can get wet slowly or quickly, partially or entirely. Among many other meditative observations, the boy muses that “everything gets wet in the rain” and that his fish “is always wet” while swimming in its bowl. Readers are also reminded that tears make your face wet when you cry, but that comfort in the form of a parent’s shoulder is never too far away. At the end of his busy day, our unnamed narrator shares with readers that he’s warm dry, “except for [his] face, from good-night kisses”, which are sweetly bestowed by the family cat and dog.
Sookocheff’s sparse and gentle text is thoughtfully written for young listeners, providing beautiful portraits of everyday experiences tinged by humour and love. The book’s visual landscape is rendered in muted blues, greens and yellows, featuring soft figures and surroundings that are calming to the eye.
Wet will inspire conversations about other phenomena in the environment, encouraging children to use their keen senses and to communicate what they observe. It calls out to be read as a bedtime story to quietly wrap up a child’s day.
Wet is a lovely and soothing picture book that is a worthy addition to any library collection.
Chloe Humphreys is a newly minted librarian with a passion for children’s literature and reading. She works as a Youth Services Librarian at Surrey Libraries in beautiful BC.