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#PictureBook Review: The Storm by Akiko Miyakoshi

The StormThe Storm by Akiko Miyakoshi

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Publisher: Kids Can Press
April 2016
picture book

A highly anticipated trip to the beach by a boy and his family might fall through with news of a bad storm approaching. The darkening sky, their preparations, and the howling wind turn disappointment into worry about the storm. Warmth, comfort, and quiet come when he pulls up the covers. He dreams he is manning a ship with large propellers to drive away the storm. His dream ends as the storm clears. He wakes to find sunshine streaming through the window… perfect for a day at the beach!

Miyakoshi’s black, grey, and white pencil illustrations perfectly capture the dreariness of an impending storm. I love how the white raindrops contrast against the darker illustration. The steampunk-like dream sequence is just gorgeous. My biggest complaint is that we don’t get to spend longer in this exciting and beautiful dream. And upon waking and drawing back the curtain, the only color in the book, we see a beautiful blue sky. The excitement of seeing the colorful sky is similar to how he must feel knowing he will be splashing in the waves after all.

Thanks to Edelweiss and Kids Can Press for an advanced copy of this title!

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