Review: Thunderstorm by Arthur Geisert


Thunderstorm by Arthur Geisert

Geisert leaves behind his signature little pigs and instead tells the story of a storm rolling through the Midwest.  Follow the course of a red truck filled with sacks and bales of hay as they race the storm to get unloaded in a variety of places.  As the sky darkens, readers also get a glimpse of animal life both above and below ground.  The wind stirs and then roars, a funnel cloud forms and threatens destruction until the wind lowers and the sky clears and it is time to start cleaning up. 

Geisert tells his story with the only words being timestamps below some of the images.  His art is filled with details that make one linger and wonder.  He changes lighting and feeling with tightness of line and colors.  What is most fascinating about the book is that all of the illustrations fit together into one long illustration without any breaks.  It makes me wish that the book unfolded so that I could see it as one long line, but it is very interesting to look at the book in a new way, viewing it differently on a second reading. 

This is a celebration of the power of nature and the way that light changes through the course of a storm.  Geisert mixes in plenty of action and the tension of a family at risk.  Appropriate for ages 4-7.

Reviewed from copy received from Enchanted Lion Books.

4 thoughts on “Review: Thunderstorm by Arthur Geisert

  1. My family went to the book signing for Thunderstorm yesterday. The continuous illustration, the impressive etching detail, the interesting depection of the land, weather, and nature is fantastic but what really makes this book stand out is how Geisert captures everyday rural life. It’s real, every bit of it, almost a documentary. This book is not just for kids 4-7 as you state but really appeals to all ages, especially those who’ve lived in small farming communities. I’m quite positive my 94 year old grandfather would love this book just as much as my own kids do and I intend to show him the book next time I see him.

    1. Janelle, thanks so much for pointing out that this is a real reflection of rural life and will appeal to all ages.

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