"The power, danger, and excitement of a hurricane are brought to life in this picture book." (School Library Journal)
Told from the perspective of a boy who witnesses the sky growing ominously purple and rushes to evacuate with his family, Hurricane! is set in Puerto Rico and based on a childhood experience of the author's.
The family huddles together in a shelter while the winds howl. They and their neighbors take solace from gently singing "Silent Night" while waiting out the storm.
The you-are-there immediacy of this picture book, which ends with the family back home on a gorgeous sunny day, allows children to safely experience the drama of surviving a hurricane.
About the Author
Jonathan London, who lives in Graton, California, prefers sandals to shoes, but he knows that nothing beats socks for dancing. When he's ready to put the extra slip in his slide, he kicks off his flip-flops and puts on some tube socks. When Jonathon isn't a sensation on the dance floor, he is a rage on the page with over forty books for children to his credit, including Froggy Gets Dressed, Hip Cat, Like Butter on Pancakes, and Puddles. He lives with his wife and two sons.
Henri Sorensen is the illustrator of I Love You As Much . . . , also by Laura Krauss Melmed; Wishes for You by Tobi Tobias; and The Gift of the Tree by Alvin Tresselt. He lives in Denmark with his wife and two daughters.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Five stars for the artwork (massive, alluring, louring), three and a half for the prose (a bit overwritten but it is about a hurricane after all), but only two stars for the narrative (reads like a third grade "what I did on my holidays" presentation). Why are so many kids' books unable to transcend what was obviously the author's personal experience? E.g., I don't know that "Triste" is the name of your dog, do I? Why locate it specifically in Puerto Rico? How does that help me put myself in the narrator's shoes?But those illustrations. Yes!