Boom! Boom! Boom!

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One rainy night, in the midst of a storm,

A brave little boy is cozy and warm.

He’s all snuggled up, safe in his room—

When “ARROOO” ...

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One rainy night, in the midst of a storm,

A brave little boy is cozy and warm.

He’s all snuggled up, safe in his room—

When “ARROOO” howls dog, “is there room?”

Of course there’s room—and all is well—

Until . . .


What happens when too many friends start to squish in?

That’s when the fun is sure to begin!


Even the youngest of readers are invited to count along as each of the family pets seeks refuge from the thunder and lightning in this lively and adorable picture book about bedtime, fears, and friendship.

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Editorial Reviews

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"A good . . . good-night picture book." — Kirkus Reviews 

"Told in rhyme and including thunderous sound effects, this would be a reassuring bedtime story on a dark and stormy night." — Booklist

Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
Rhymes introduce our narrator, curled up in bed on a stormy night with a book and his bear Fred. "Flash! Crash! Boom! Boom! Boom!" The noise is printed over the scenes in multicolored words. Each time the noise of the storm recurs on the double pages, another frightened creature is motivated to join him, until there are seven others in the bed with him: dog, kitty, guinea pig, frog, parrot, and snake, plus Fred. When his sister wants to get in as well, he tells her not to, but she jumps in anyway. With more noise the bed breaks; the occupants scatter. Finally he can be alone again with Fred and his book, with the storm over. Youngsters should enjoy the anticipation and repetition of this nocturnal misadventure. Walker's broadly painted naturalism offers a sparsely decorated bedroom, stylized pointed stars, zigzag lightening out the window, and softly appealing creatures in the bed. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
Kirkus Reviews
A nighttime thunderstorm results in a crowded bed when a little boy welcomes his pets to snuggle up with him and his teddy bear in this cumulative, rhyming story that is reminiscent of The Napping House but falters a bit in its pacing. As the storm begins, the boy is reading his book when his dog jumps into bed for some comfort as the thunder booms outside. Then a kitten, a guinea pig, a frog, a parrot and even a snake cram themselves into the boy's tiny bed. There's clearly no room when the boy's sister demands to clamber in as well, and despite her brother's protestations, she "jump[s] in with elbows flying," and the bed breaks. In a rather abrupt ending, the other characters all disperse without notice, and the boy snuggles into his broken bed with only his teddy bear and book as the moon and stars shine in a clear night's sky outside of the window. The quickness of the page turn from the bed breaking to this resolution throws off the pacing of the story, and the curious absence of any parents or other adult caregivers in the story may give some children who are familiar with fears about thunderstorms pause, despite the sweet softness and gentle palette of the illustrations. A good but not great good-night picture book. (Picture book. 2-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780374308681
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Publication date: 5/28/2013
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 639,293
  • Age range: 2 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.10 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Jamie A. Swenson received an M.F.A. in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Hamline University. She works as an associate librarian and early literacy storyteller. Jamie lives in Wisconsin with her family. 

David Walker has illustrated many books for children, including Victoria Adler’s Baby, Come Away and Ann Whitford Paul’s Little Monkey Says Good Night and If Animals Kissed Good Night. He lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2013

    I'm a children's librarian who works with preschoolers. I'm alwa

    I'm a children's librarian who works with preschoolers. I'm always looking for a fun, interactive, colorful book that incorporates early literacy skills. Boom! Boom! Boom! does all of this - and the illustrations are friendly/humorous too. I've used it with kids from age two to second grade and they have all loved the "Flash Crash Boom Boom Boom" phrase. A lot of fun. Worth purchasing for your library, or for one on on sharing.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2013

    Lovely illustrations. Rhyming text also incorporates some repeti

    Lovely illustrations. Rhyming text also incorporates some repetition of phrases, animal sounds and counting. Universal theme of being afraid during a thunderstorm is very appealing for preschoolers.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2014

    Must read!

    For any kid who gets nervous about thunder storms thi story will makes them fun and silly. A must read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2013

    So much fun. My kids love it.

    So much fun. My kids love it.

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