Follow along as the weather changes, from a blue-sky day to a brewing storm, from a brewing storm to a dazzling downpour, and from a dazzling downpour to the breathtaking moment when the sky emits a...
ZAP! CLAP! BOOM!
Sunny day sits warm and dry.
no stormy sky.
Outside is still.
A blue-forever day,
The fluid, rhyming text offers some basic facts about thunderstorms; the well-researched back matter presents a more detailed account...[T]his picture book offers several opportunities for kids to chime in on the repeated zaps, claps, and booms.
—Booklist, Carolyn Phelan
A crashing success.
The book is a perfect read-aloud…Don’t miss the thunder science section at the end—a gift.
—School Library Journal
It begs to be read aloud.
—The Horn Book
Salas’ text is lively and lyrical…With eye-catching art and lines that roll off the tongue, this book would be well-suited to raucous but stealthily informative science-based story hour.
—Bulltin of the Center for Children's Books
Salas imbues the stormy scene with a Halloweeny menace: “Wind blows fiercely,/ howls/ and shrieks./ The world/ groans slowly,/ shivers,/ creaks”; MacKay uses bruise-like purples and blues to capture nature at its fiercest.
I grew up in Florida, and I loved the frequent summer thunderstorms! When I started writing rhyming nonfiction, thunderstorms was one of the first topics I thought of. I wrote this manuscript in 2008, but it didn't sell to a publisher until 2018. It finally became a gorgeous picture book (thank you, Elly MacKay) in 2023! Picture book publishing is really difficult for impatient writers.
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