Step right up! Step right up to the amusing amusement park! It's a whole story, and the pages have holes! Watch the holes make pictures! Turn an umbrella into a cake, and balloons into ice cream! See the holes make words. Whole words! Change an ice man into an nice man! See fork handles turn into four candles! Realize the magic with your real eyes! Frank Viva's tale of a boy spending his birthday at the amusement park will amaze readers big and small with astounding die-cuts that transform both words and pictures in delightful ways.
Frank Viva is an award-winning illustrator and designer living and working in Toronto. His first picture book Along a Long Road was a finalist for the Governor General's Award for Illustration and was named one of The New York Times' 10 Best Illustrated Children's Books of 2011. His other books for children include A Long Way Away, A Trip to the Bottom of the World with Mouse and Young Frank, Architect. His art has appeared in many places such as The New York Times and the cover of the New Yorker and on the illustrated stationary produced by his company Whigby. Frank runs a branding and design agency in Toronto and is past president of the Advertising & Design Club of Canada. But making books is his favourite thing to do.
“Not your ordinary picture book…. A must have because of the originality of the concept, the unusual palette, and the thrill of the reading experience.”
– STARRED REVIEW, Booklist
“.... the lure of visual surprises and wordplay will spur readers forward in this handsomely designed book.” - School Library Journal
“Frank Viva’s new work, Outstanding in the Rain, is a perfect example of an author-illustrator treating a picture book like a playground where he can try out the wildest ideas, while ensuring the whole thing does not become a self-indulgent mess .... This is precisely the kind of high-concept design that sinks so many author-illustrator books, and yet Viva makes it work by keeping it all disarmingly fun.” - Starred Review, Quill & Quire
“Not your ordinary picture book…. A must have because of the originality of the concept, the unusual palette, and the thrill of the reading experience.” - Starred Review, Booklist
“With the playful visual and verbal economy that is a hallmark of Viva’s work .... it’s one of those books that pulls grown-ups into its puzzles as surely as it does children .... Viva conveys a kind of humane sophistication, inviting us to see the unity in people and things that are, on one level, completely and totally different—and to have some smart, jazzy fun at the same time.” - The New York Times
“Frank Viva’s latest book for children .... takes readers to a Viva-fied version of Coney Island .... The story centers around homophone phrases .... The words are as integral to the illustrations as the pictures, with cut-outs on each page that turn the book into a game of phonetic peek-a-book. Language can be a source of amusement, Viva seems set to prove, with this tilt-a-whirl of puns.” - The National Post