- Hardcover: 32 pages
- Publisher: Kids Can Press (April 1 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1771385596
- ISBN-13: 978-1771385596
- Product Dimensions: 21.7 x 1.3 x 25.4 cm
- Shipping Weight: 322 g
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #391,643 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Storm Hardcover – Apr 5 2016
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An excellent addition to most collections.―School Library Journal
The first-person narration is direct and spare, with all the emotion in the art, and figures are effectively shadowy and never fully realized.―Booklist
It's perfect storytime reading for a dark and stormy night ...―The Globe and Mail
Atmospheric and engaging; this Japanese import is a perfect rainy-day read.―Kirkus Reviews - Starred Review
About the Author
Akiko Miyakoshi was born in Saitama, on the island of Honshu in Japan. She began creating picture books while studying visual communication design at Musashino Art University. Her first picture book, The Storm, won the Nissan Children's Storybook and Picture Book Grand Prix.
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Miyakoshi does a nice job conveying a sense of wind with a pedestrian leaning into the wind’s force in one direction framed by trees bending in the opposite direction. And in a nice touch, the rain is presented as white streaks and whirls, almost as flashes of light against the gray streets and darker roofs and trees. The well-lit windows meanwhile give a sense of homey warmth. Inside, the boy tries not to be frightened by the storm’s force. He crawls into bed and muffles the sound by pulling the blanket around his head. In a wonderfully fantastic series of images, he wishes for “a ship with big propellers that would spin stronger winds to drive the storm away. The ship sails into the black clouds. I keep watch.” These pages are so lovely I would have liked to have spent just a little more time in this imaginative segment of the story. Beyond the visuals, I also liked the idea inherent here: that one’s imagination can serve as an antidote to anxiety. Not at all a bad message for young children.
In the morning the coloring has shifted to mostly light as sun streams in, and then we get our first surprising and highly effective sight of color as he looks through his window at a gorgeous blue sky, “Perfect for a day at the beach.” The Storm may not be perfect, but it isn’t far off. A nicely quiet, simple story. Recommended.
The story is simple but engaging. The boy is unhappy that a storm is coming and will interrupt the weekend trip to the beach with his family that he has been looking forward to all week. He mopes and complains to his mother. I could relate to this part! Somehow things like bad weather always become the parents' fault! The rain starts in the evening and he feels scared. That night he dreams about being on a big ship that uses giant propellers to try to blow the storm away. When he awakens in the morning the storm has passed and we have the blue sky. Enjoyable.
Miyakoshi’s picture book is filled with tension. Not only of the storm itself but of the waiting for the storm to arrive and then the concern about how it will impact their plans for the next day. It is a tension that children will understand, whether about weather and storms or about big plans being disrupted. It is also a picture book that speaks to the power of nature and the way that children can have plans with little control over them.
The illustrations in the book are black and white with small touches of color like the blue sky after the storm. The charcoal style has a lovely texture throughout. Light and dark play on the page with one storm page filled with rain showing the falling water as bright zings of light in the darkness. There is both a feeling of drama and also one of safety throughout, particularly during dinner and at bedtime.
This stormy picture book is one that children will relate to on a variety of levels. Appropriate for ages 3-6.
I found the Tea Party book more magical, which is reflected in the slightly lower rating here. Both share the wonderful art work.
A copy of this book was provided by the publisher through NetGalley in return for an honest review.