Thunder-Boomer! Cover


By Shutta Crum; Carol Thompson (Illustrator)

Clarion Books, Library Binding, 9780618618651, 32pp.

Publication Date: June 1, 2009


A summer storm brings relief from the heat and a surprise to 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 hail and 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.

About the Author
Shutta Crum is an author, lecturer, teacher, and retired librarian, all in the field of children s books. Among her most popular titles are Thunder-Boomer (Clarion), which received four starred reviews, was nominated for a Cybil Award, and was an SLJ Best Book, a Smithsonian Magazine Notable Book, and an ALA Notable Book, and Mine (Knopf), which also received four starred reviews. She lives in Michigan. Learn more at

Carol Thompson has illustrated more than 30 picture books in England and the United States. She lives in Leicestershire, England.

Praise For Thunder-Boomer!

“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