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The Storm

3.61  ·  Rating details ·  364 Ratings  ·  111 Reviews
As this picture book begins, a little boy is excited about a trip to the beach with his parents planned for the following day. But a bad storm is coming, and he has started to worry they won't be able to go. He watches as the sky grows darker through the afternoon. His mother and father close the shutters and bring the potted plants indoors. Then the storm arrives. All thr ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published April 5th 2016 by Kids Can Press (first published April 1st 2016)
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Apr 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Another picture book by the author of The Tea Party in the Woods which I read previously, this book shares the same well-done charcoal drawings that are so expressive and also delicate. Almost the entire book is rendered in shades of black and white, with only moments of color, used well and meaningfully. This story deals with childhood fears and disappointment presented through one boy's concern for an upcoming storm. What harm will it cause? And will it prevent his longed for day at the beach? ...more
This is the story of a boy who sees his perfect plan of going to the beach on Saturday at risk because of a severe and scary storm on the previous afternoon. His relief is immense when he wakes up and finds a perfect weather waiting for him.

Although the illustrations get a 5 stars, the plot is pretty plain. Not too much is going on in this story. As I said, the pictures in charcoal are fantastic, the sense of the storm so well represented. When the good weather finally comes, and the blue sky ap
Jul 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
This was a gentle read with beautiful artwork. I loved the way the rain was depicted in the charcoal. The story was simple and direct. My favorite part was the cat included in almost every scene of the book. The ending was bright and beautiful and made complete artistic sense. I would recommend this as a picture book for children, ages 4-7, depending on the reading ability of the child. Four solid stars.

My thanks to NetGalley and Kids Can Press for an eARC copy of this book to read and review.
Yasamin Seifaee
May 01, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016, english, netgalley
this graphic novel is about a boy who had planned all week to go to the beach with his parents in the weekend. but then there's a storm coming and the boy worries about his plan. and when he wakes up he sees that the weather is great and he can to the beach as planned!

i really liked the illustrations! specially when at the end the colour blue is in contrast with charcoal and it makes a beautiful picture! :) and the story was simple and i liked it!

I received a free copy of this book via NetGalley
Imagination takes over when a boy misses out on going to the beach due to a big storm.
Apr 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Stunning illustrations!
Edward Sullivan
Mar 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Disappointed that a storm cancels a highly anticipated trip to the beach, the boy uses his imagination to get through the stormy night. An evocative story with minimal text leaving the stunning charcoal illustrations to mostly tell the tale.
Feb 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
I received this book for free from the publisher via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

Review coming closer to publication date.
The story itself is just okay, the illustrations, though they fit the mood of the story well, are dim and dark and hard to interpret.
Polenth Blake
Feb 09, 2016 rated it liked it
A boy plans to go to the beach with his parents the next day, but a storm is approaching. As he sleeps through the storm, he dreams of a giant airship blowing it away... but will the storm still be there when he wakes up?

The art is what makes this book. It has detailed charcoal pictures filling the pages. Most of the art is black and white, apart from a hint of blue near the end. The feeling of the characters is captured perfectly. I especially liked the boy's cat, who appears in many of the sce
Feb 13, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016-read-books
This is a lovely little book with another set of beautiful charcoal illustrations by the very talented Akiko Miyakoshi. This is the second book by her that I've read and reviewed now and at this point, I do consider myself a fan of her art.

The shades of black and grey of the charcoal drawings perfectly illustrate the storm and the harrowing feelings it brings to our young main character, who is both dejected by the failed plans to go to the beach and a little scared by the oncoming storm. The on
Stacy Renee  (LazyDayLit)
The boy is excited for his trip to the beach. He's been waiting all week. But before he even gets home for school, a big storm rolls in. The boy isn't happy abaout it at all. While his parents bring in the potted plants and shutter the windows, he mopes. The storm rages so he goes to bed and dreams of how he can make the storm go away.

This is another lovely little story richly illustrated with charcoal. The dark hues and textures really bring out the ferocity of the storm clouds. I honestly was
The pictures get a lot of praise here, but I think they are far too dark and blurry for children's tastes. I also didn't like the facial expressions, because a few of them are quite scary. The boy also has almost exactly identical (annoying) expression in both kitchen scenes even though there's only one spread between them.

Plus I found the whole "problem" quite silly: storms usually pass quite quickly, so why worry the next day already? Why didn't anyone tell him the weather might still change i
Jul 04, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2016
I got a copy from NetGalley for review.

Super adorable, although there was nothing special about the plot. Simple plots are very welcome, but this one was just too plain.

The artwork was really good and I can definitely see children loving this.
Sep 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
The Storm is a simple story- a coming storm threatens the potential for a planned day at the beach. But the art lifts and expands the story through depictions of the beauty and hopefulness of a child's imagination. Miyakoshi's offering would make a great rainy day read.
Emily Scheinman
Love the illustrations and the portrayal of emotions on each page
Apr 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Quietly captivating.
Feb 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Another good early read from
Nov 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a lovely book by Akiko Miyakoshi. I have been following books of this author for quite a while.

The story is about a child who is eager to go to the beach on Sunday, while experiencing storm beginning one day before that. The tempo of this book is perfect, and especially great for a quite reading. The meaning of the book is straightforward and easy to grasp for kids -- something beautiful is always worth waiting. There could be hard times while people are anticipating something, and that
Jan 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Miyakoshi excels in beauty with this book. Starting from the homeliness of the scenes, the quality of her gorgeous drawings, the choice of colours. The textures in these illustrations are absolutely striking. The uses of white, the absence of colour, the suaveness of shadows, make a remarkable composition. The charcoal storm clouds are one of the most sensational pieces within this work of art. Apart from the aesthetic point of view, the narrative of Akiko Miyakoshi’s The Storm is quiet and simp ...more
Luisa Knight
I loved the black and white illustrations!

Ages: 3 - 7

Cleanliness: a child is mopey because a pending storm might ruin his day at the beach.

#spring #rain

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I picked this up on a whim from the library, hoping it would be a good one to read with my son considering all the rain and storms we've had this spring/summer. The artwork is lovely and I do think it helps make storms seem a bit less scary for my kiddo. (And there's the beach and a cat and a boat, so this one has been requested even more than I had anticipated!)
Mar 23, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018, juv, lib-weather
This charcoal picture book takes us through a storm that threatens the narrator's trip to the beach with his parents the next day. The splash of blue at the very end reminds me of a story I once drew.
Nov 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
My favorite part of the book are the illustrations, which are beautiful! And the story is creative and imaginative. A boy is excited about his trip to the beach, which may not happen due to a pending storm.
Goshen PL Childrens
Read at Storytime on March 21st
Theme: Spring Weather
Sep 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Amazing, captivating illustrations are the highlight of this book!
Anticipation and disappointment are dealt with in detailed black and white drawings until the end when blue splatters the pages.
Aug 04, 2017 rated it liked it
The third star is for the illustrations.
Claudine Carmel
Mar 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Jan 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
As I settle down with my laptop and my cup of tea, the sky is becoming darker and darker outside. It's only midday, but I already have to turn on a light in this dim room because of the gloominess that precedes approaching rain. I could not have planned for a more perfect setting to read and reflect on Akiko Mijakoshi's upcoming release, The Storm. A story about courage and imagination in the face of fear and uncertainty, this compelling picture book is one that readers of all ages will be able ...more
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Akiko Miyakoshi (1982–) was born in Saitama Prefecture, and graduated from the Department of Visual Communication Design at Musashino Art University. Her picture book Taifū ga kuru (Typhoon Comes) won the Nissan Children’s Storybook and Picture Book Grand Prix in 2009, and her Mori no oku no ochakai e (The Tea Party in the Woods) garnered the Japan Picture Book Awards Grand Prize in 2011. Her othe ...more
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