Thunder-Boomer!

By Shutta Crum; Carol Thompson (Illustrator)
(Clarion Books, Library Binding, 9780618618651, 40pp.)

Publication Date: June 2009

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Description

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, 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.




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

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