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Thunder-Boomer! Hardcover – June 15, 2009
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“The free-verse storytelling is light, airy, and perfectly matched to the drawings. . . . The ending fully satisfies.”—School Library Journal, STARRED review
“Vivid imagery and Thompson’s innovative mixed-media art that incorporates textual sound effects naturally reflect the weather’s dramatic ebb and flow.”—Kirkus Reviews, STARRED review
“This fine-tuned, occasionally funny picture book re-creates the satisfying drama of a summer storm.”—Booklist
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Everyone began to move quickly. The tractor went into the barn, the chickens were cooped, the laundry was yanked from the line and the sky began to come alive. "ZZZZT!" A flash of lightning cracked and the thunder talked to them. "Rumble-brum-brum." Maizy, the little girl's favorite chicken, needed to be rescued. "Run, Dad, run!" The chicken pecked at Dad and she wondered what was wrong. "ZZZZT! ZZZZT! Cr-a-a-ck! Rumble-brum-brum . . . " The storm was in full force, and the children saw something whip past the window. "Dad's underwear!" The hail started to ping on the roof. When the storm began to die down, Maizy and Scooter wanted out "right now!" Did they know that the thunder boomer brought something very special to the little country family?
Anyone who is in thunder boomer country can relate to this wonderfully told tale. The humidity and the heat always brings with it the desire for quick relief. A thunder boomer can be a welcome, but sometimes scary and exciting event. Many children are very frightened of storms, but reading and discussing a book like this might just allay some of the fear they feel. Sometimes those scary thunder boomers can leave some very unusual things behind! "ZZZZT! ZZZZT! Cr-a-a-ck! Rumble-brum-brum . . . "
And Maizey herself, after stalking and sulking around the house, supplies a pleasing, unexpected twist to the story's ending.
Crum's prose is subtly rhythmic, and her details are evocative and apt. After the storm, the family goes outside "to a world that's wet and deeply green. The puddles in the yard are full of floating hail and leaves." Thompson's details show that she, too, knows farms--from the newspapers spread to "sop up" the drips from Dad's "draggled hat" to the boards and bucket next to the satisfactorily-leaning shed.
If I still had small children at home, I would put this book on an upper shelf of their bookcase to be brought out for special reads on stormy days. Since I haven't, sending the book to my granddaughter to read to my great-grandsons will give me equal pleasure. Thank you,Clarion, for another delightful picture book worthy of repeated readings.
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Thunder-Boomer! is a book that can be used K-5. It is the perfect model of what strong writing should look like. Read morePublished on November 5, 2011 by Judy Puckett