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Stormy: a Story about Finding a Forever Home

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In this wordless picture book a woman visits a park and discovers a pup hiding under a bench--scruffy, scared, and alone. With gentle coaxing, the woman tries to befriend the animal, but the dog is too scared to let her near. Day after day, the woman tries--and day after day, the dog runs away. With perseverance and patience--and help from an enticing tennis ball--a ...more
Hardcover, 34 pages
Published September 17th 2019 by Schwartz & Wade
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Mischenko
Sep 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Stormy is a must-read for any dog lover. We picked this up because we read the author's other book The Only Childwhich quickly became one of our favorites.

Stormyis a wordless picture book with stunning illustrations. You can expect the same colorful, eye-catching artwork from the cover throughout the entire book. The story is about a little dog who appears to be lost and homeless. He's very fearful and unsure of human contact. A girl who runs into him at a park takes interest and tries to coax
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Lisa Vegan
Oh, I want a dog! This might be the most touching wordless picture book I’ve ever read. Even the youngest viewer can understand the story. Very, very sweet, and gentle except I did worry about the dog in traffic at one point. Otherwise just adorable and endearing. I laughed at the last perfect page. For some reason no part of the story depressed me, probably because I knew there would a happy ending. The illustrations are gorgeous and charming. Great book for dog lovers, for teaching about love ...more
Hilary
Jan 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone, especially those who love dogs
Recommended to Hilary by: Abigail
Such a lovely book! All my goodreads friends who have read this have rated it 4 or 5 stars, I suggested our library buys this book and they did. I'm so glad because this is a lovely story about friendship, trust, caring for others, finding a home and being lost and then found.

This is a beautifully illustrated story without text that will have you calling out to the woman, 'look behind you, go back!'

A touching story with wonderful illustrations and a heartwarming ending!
La Coccinelle
Sep 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
Stormy should warm even the coldest heart. Dog lovers are going to be hit particularly hard by this one, though. It's hard not to love this sweet story about a lonely little dog and a girl who has a lot of love to give.

Like The Only Child (which I read earlier this year), Stormy is told entirely without words. Guojing's illustrations are such that no words are necessary. The story unfolds at a natural pace, and the illustrated panels show the hesitant development of a relationship. The little
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Abigail
Sep 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of Wordless Picture-Books / Readers Looking for Children's Stories About Homeless Animals
Having absolutely loved Chinese illustrator Guojing's picture-book debut - that marvelously magical wordless story, The Only Child - I picked up this second venture into the form with a great deal of anticipation. It didn't hurt that the cover image was so adorable, or that the sub-title hinted at a poignant tale of a homeless animal finding a home (always a sure thing, when it comes to tugging at my heartstrings). Happily, my anticipation was not in vain, and I found Stormy: A Story About ...more
Kathryn
Nov 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Just, awwww! Melt your heart awwww! If you love animals, just read it! It is beautifully done, utterly heartwarming, and perfectly captures the incredible connection that humans and animals can experience if we open our hearts to them. The parts where the lady is trying to win the dog's trust really moved me as I had many experiences like that when I volunteered at a cat sanctuary as it was my job to help calm and win over the new arrivals who were often so frightened and reluctant to trust. ...more
GoldGato
Nov 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Oh, Stormy! What happened? Did someone abandon you? Did you get lost? You look so all alone.

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The clouds are getting darker, there's a storm coming. What about that nice lady who sits and reads on your bench each day? She threw a ball to you the last time she was there. Maybe you can find her, Stormy. Maybe.

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Hold on to hope, Stormy. Sniff, sob.

Gosh, I love a great wordless book. Just illustrate the heck out of a story and I'm more than happy. Everything works here. Everything. Even the texture
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Julie
Oct 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s
Girl and dog establish a loving bond. The story is told through beautiful illustrations that convey emotion, softness, gentleness and eventually, trust.
Alison
Oct 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
No, you're crying.
Jana
I absolutely loved this book, but be sure to have a box of tissues handy! This wordless picture book uses gorgeous artwork and the story of a homeless dog and a woman with a kind heart to yank on heart strings. Anyone that's ever taken in a stray pet, will definitely be able to relate to this book. It can also start a conversation about helping our neighbors and those in need.
Mathew
Prepare for all heart-strings to be fully plucked. Stormy is a wordless picturebook which follows a young pup, distrustful of humans. Having set up residence from its previous life within a park, Stormy is spotted by a solitary woman who spends much of the book trying to earn the dog's trust. Over several pages, perfectly paced by Guojing through the use of full-page spreads and slight panels, we watch as their relationship gradually grows. Only when a violent storm falls does the tale reach its ...more
Danielle
Aug 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Oh my heart, this book! The cover doesn't fully hint at the depth and drama of the story within this wonderful, moving, wordless PB.
Niyati
Apr 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Enchanting, heartwarming and one of the most beautifully illustrated books I've ever read. The story is fairly simple, but the illustrations elevate it another level altogether!
KC
A emotionally touching wordless story of an abandoned small dog and the young girl who rescues it.
Andréa
Sep 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Expect to cry.
Ellie Morland
Nov 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another fabulous wordless picture book. This emotional story of a stray dog putting his trust into a young girl to find a loving home, really tugs on the heart strings. I love the way this story was written by the author because he’d lost his dog, it could be portraying the hope in which he feels regarding what might have happened to his dog whereby someone has been kind enough to look after him after becoming lost. A lovely book.
Kerry
Sep 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I don't think it's a spoiler to say that there are no words in this book. But, it doesn't need them. I cried happy tears and went home to hug my dogs. Beautiful.
Rod Brown
Dec 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
A cute, wordless story about reaching out and finding the one you are meant to be with.
Jillian Heise
This wordless book has my whole heart.
Rebecca
Oct 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
I only cried about five times! Sad story, happy ending. You may remember Guojing's book "The Only Child." That one was black and white; this one has soft watercolor tones.
Edward Sullivan
A beautifuly illustrated, touching wordless story.
Amanda Zirn Hudson
May 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If this book doesn't melt your heart, you are Voldemort.
Peacegal
Oct 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Oh my, what a sweet, touching little book. It's gorgeous to look at and has a wonderful story too. STORMY is a true gem.
Julie
A beautiful book about a gentle, tentative bond that emerges between a stray pup and the woman who slowly befriends him in the park, then goes back to rescue him during a frightening wind and rainstorm. This wordless picture book is full of tender imagery in muted grays and earth tones, and tells such a sweet story of companionship and trust. I especially love how, at the end, the little pup can't bear to be separated from his new friend, so he challenges his assigned sleeping place in the way ...more
Tasha
Sep 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
The author of the award-winning The Only Child returns with another lovely picture book. In this wordless picture book done in graphic-novel format, a woman discovers a puppy sleeping under a bench at the top of a hill. When she tries to approach the dog, he runs away, returning to hide under the bench after she leaves. On her next visit, the woman brings a ball for the dog, then pretends to ignore him. He slowly moves out from behind the nearby tree and sniffs at the ball, picking it up but not ...more
Tatiana
Oct 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Look at that cover. How soft. I dare you to read this and not want a pup of your own.

Stormy has adopted the mechanisms of abandonment: distrust, isolation, fear. Then along comes a kind stranger, who puts in the time to draw Stormy out. It's not an easy path, and there are miscues from them both along the way, but on the other side is home.

A beautiful word-less story. Beautiful artwork. I can imagine this being a Disney short film, it's so endearing and heartfelt.
Bobbi
Sep 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Oh, how I loved this wordless picture book, which is a perfect example of a picture being worth a thousand words! The illustrations are gorgeous - the little dog is absolutely adorable - and the images easily convey a totally understandable, emotional story. This will appeal not only to children, but to anyone who loves animals, and especially anyone who has adopted a stray.
Jan Polep
Oct 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
We have given a Forever Home to 5 dogs so this wordless book tugged at my heart. To tell you more would be to ruin it but it was a perfect read on a rainy day for a little guy with a flashlight in a pretend tent in the livingroom.
Amy Brydon Jones
Nov 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
A lovely heartwarming wordless picture book about a stray dog finding his home at last. I think the contrast in the colours of the illustrations really portray hope, and it is a great message to use with children. There are many themes that could be explored e.g hope, friendship, patience, fear!
Tiffany
Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book made me want to adopt all the stray dogs. Wonderful story told in wonderful artwork. You don't need words to understand the message or feel some really strong feelings towards the story. Amazing.
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Guojing (Jing Guo) is an illustrator and concept artist. Previously she worked in the game and animation industry. She is now a professional illustrator. Her wordless picture book, ‘The Only Child’, a New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Book of 2015, and a Publishers Weekly Book of 2015, is published by Schwartz and Wade (Random House, Dec, 2015). The story is based on her own experiences ...more