The Storm by Akiko Miyakoshi

The Storm by Akiko Miyakoshi

The Storm by Akiko Miyakoshi (InfoSoup)

A little boy heads home after school, excited about a trip to the beach the next day with his family. His teacher did warn that a storm was coming and as the evening goes by, the sky gets darker. His parents prepare for a storm and reassure him that even if they can’t go to the beach the next day, they will go another weekend. Soon rain starts to fall and then the wind picks up and blows hard. When it gets too loud, the boy jumps into his bed and pulls his covers over his head. Soon he is dreaming about being on a ship with big propellers that help to drive the storm away. Finally the storm moves off and his ship can sail higher into the sky. When the boy wakes up the next morning, he discovers a lovely day. Just right for a visit to the beach!

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.

Reviewed from e-galley received from Kids Can Press and Edelweiss.

This Week’s Tweets, Pins & Tumbls

Here are the links I shared on my Twitter, Pinterest, and Tumblr accounts this week that I think are cool:



13 Children’s Books That Break Racial Stereotypes

2016 Caldecott Medal Acceptance by Sophie Blackall — The Horn Book Gorgeous speech.

2016 Newbery Acceptance by Matt de la Peña — The Horn Book – A must-read speech for everyone.

The Audacious Choice of Sophie Blackall — The Horn Book

Bringing diversity and brown faces to children’s books

GeekDad Charts a Course With Hope Larson and ‘Compass South’ – GeekDad

Jerry Pinkney and the Power of Story: Profile of 2016 Wilder & CSK–Virginia Hamiliton Award Winner – The Horn Book

On the Importance of Creepy Kids’ Books  – 

One Mom’s Fond Farewell to the Beloved Elephant & Piggie Series

Raquel D’Apice’s Open Letter To The Female Hat-Wearing Dog in “Go, Dog. Go!”

Silent and Strong: 14 Books for Introverted Kids and Teens | Brightly

‘Swallows and Amazons’ Forever: Why a now-obscure children’s novel is great summer reading

Tween Pride Reads – ALSC Blog

Which is why there ALWAYS have to be books in the playroom, between the toys ;-):


“An Evening to Paint” at North Carolina Wesleyan College’s Pearsall Library:

Libraries that Listen | American Libraries Magazine

Officials break ground on $115 million Enoch Pratt renovation


Out of the Box – Transgender lives — The Horn Book

RT : From The Hub: Booklist: YA Alternate History

A Safe and Sacred Space – Guest Post by Benjamin Alire Saenz –