Publication Date: June 2009
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A summer storm brings relief from the heatand a surpriseto a farm family.
It's a hot day on the farm, and a little girl, her brother, and their mother are trying to cool off by the pond. Suddenly, dark clouds roll in. A thunder-boomer is on the way! The storm brings pounding rain and hailand an unexpected visitor: a soggy wet stray kitten. Colorful descriptions of the storm are accompanied by lots of playful sound effects, making this free-verse poem perfect for reading aloud. Charming watercolor illustrations capture all the drama, humor, and tenderness of the text.
Shutta Crum, formerly a librarian, is still an author and storyteller. She was born in Paintsville, Kentucky, and now lives with her husband in Michigan. Her website is www.shutta.com.
“A satisfying picture book that captures all the drama and power of a summer storm even as it rewards readers with a smaller-scale, homey story.”—Horn Book, STARRED review
“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