Thunder-Boomer!

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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 ...

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Overview

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.

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Editorial Reviews

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“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

Children's Literature - Beverley Fahey
The peace of a lazy, idyllic summer afternoon is spoiled by the arrival of dark ominous clouds heralding the approach of a thunderstorm. Kids and parents run for the safety of the house as the rain is pelting down. Dad rushes out to rescue the squawking and protesting Maizey, the children's favorite chicken. As thunder rumbles and lightening flashes, mother mops up puddles, Scooter the dog hides under the sofa and, as the children watch the action outside they are surprised and amused as Dad's underwear whips by, torn from the clothesline. As quickly as it began the wind dies down, the hail stops, the thunder rolls from further away, and the first rays of sun peek through dark clouds. While the family is surveying the damage outside, Maizey heads to the henhouse where the children find her sheltering something under her wing. It is a tiny, wet, black kitten with a "thunderous purr." With Dad's permission to keep him, the children quickly and aptly name him Thunder-Boomer. The ebb and flow of the free verse begins quietly, builds tension as the storm approaches, reaches its apex at the height of the storm, and descends to a peaceful conclusion. Words create mood and atmosphere and are in perfect harmony with the illustrations. Using a mixed media of watercolor, collage, crayon and gouache in a muted palette the colors move from the grays and blues of the threatening storm and the ever-darkening day and then lighten to yellows and pinks as the storm abates and the day brightens. Onomatopoeic word scattered throughout text and illustration brings the sound and fury of the storm alive. This relief from the heat adventure with a surprise ending is a perfect hot summer day read aloud.Reviewer: Beverley Fahey
School Library Journal

K-Gr 2

A farm family is sweltering, hoping for "a thunder-boomer" to relieve the heat. Thompson's illustrations, done in pastels, ink, and watercolor, are full of motion and capture the sensations of the gathering clouds, the rain coming down, the intensity of the storm, and the feeling of cold wetness on the characters. The free-verse storytelling is light, airy, and perfectly matched to the drawings. Readers will enjoy the pictures of the family scurrying home as well as the one of Dad running outside to rescue a stray chicken from the downpour. The ending fully satisfies, as the children discover a wet kitten after the storm and appropriately name it Thunder-Boomer.-Adrienne Wilson, Edith Wheeler Memorial Library, Monroe, CT

Kirkus Reviews
A little girl's lazy summer day quickly turns soggy when a violent thunderstorm drenches their family farm. Scurrying to shelter, they tear laundry from the clothesline and coop their fussing chickens along the way. With unrelenting ferocity, rain pours in and hail pounds down as her father frets over the likely damage. After the thunder-boomer subsides, the daughter receives an unlikely surprise when her favorite hen leads her to an orphaned kitten. Vivid imagery and Thompson's innovative mixed-media art that incorporates textual sound effects naturally reflect the weather's dramatic ebb and flow. The child's engaging first-person voice propels the account of the storm. "Gusting rain pelts the roof. The maple's branches brush and wump against the walls." The sky's rumble is reflected in dynamic phrases lettered against the dark storm clouds. Watercolor, gouache, pastels and crayons smoothly combine to depict the outburst's unyielding power; colored splashes speckle the muddy mess. Powerful lines and thick, swaying strokes vary shading with dramatic emphasis. Intermittent collage patches subtly enhance the textured scenes, providing a wildly successful sanctuary from this soaking storm. (Picture book. 4-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780618618651
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 6/15/2009
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 380,905
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.20 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet 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.

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