The Storm

illus. by Akiko Miyakoshi. 32p. Kids Can. Apr. 2016. Tr $16.95. ISBN 9781771385596.
K-Gr 3—It is Friday, and a young boy is excited about the beach trip he has planned with his parents for Saturday. His teacher, however, has warned that there is a bad storm coming. The child is not happy, as he has been greatly looking forward to this trip and will be disappointed if it is cancelled. As his parents prepare their home for the impending storm, the sky begins to darken. By dinnertime, the rain is pounding and the boy tries to be brave. He uses his imagination to dream of a large ship that would create winds to blow away the storm. His positive thoughts get him through the stormy night, and by morning, the sky is bright, just perfect for a trip to the beach. The delicately exquisite black-and-white drawings perfectly set the mood. There is an air of uncertainty and impending trouble that will have readers on the edge of their seats. The text is minimal, allowing the artwork to do most of the storytelling. One splash of blue appears at the end of the book, which symbolizes hope, renewal, and a happy ending.
VERDICT An excellent addition to most collections.

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