Cloudette is a little cloud who wants to make a huge difference. But there don’t seem to be many ways a pint-sized cumulus can help out. She isn’t big enough to make rivers run, she can’t water gardens, and not even the fire department needs her to put out fires. All Cloudette wants is to brighten someone’s day.
When our little heroine is blown off course by a big storm, she doesn’t worry. Instead she tries to make new friends, even if some of them seem unfriendly; apparently, smokestacks don’t make for engaging conversationalists. Her hopeful tenacity makes her one cloud worth looking up to. Cloudette discovers her own way of helping out by raining just enough to make a tiny pond: the perfect home for a group of frogs.
Tom Lichtenheld, author and illustrator, fills the pages with clever jokes. Have you ever seen a cloud that rains barcodes? Scan every page for his cheeky details. The bright watercolor illustrations perfectly capture Cloudette’s bright sense of fun and sunny optimism.
He started his writing career by accident when he got a letter from his nephew who just wanted a picture of a pirate. What he got was a published book instead. Before becoming a seven-time New York Times bestselling author, Tom worked twenty-five years in advertising, which he calls “a joke factory staffed by professional knuckleheads.”
In the making of the Cloudette, Lichtencheld’s children collected and prepared rainwater that he used for the book’s watercolor illustrations. Cloudette helping out once again–this time, with her own biography.