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The Storm in the Barn by Matt Phelan
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Sep 17, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: children-s-literature

I just finished reading the Storm in the Barn. I am not usually a fan of graphic novels, but I this wordless picuture book captured and stirred some pretty complicated feelings as I turned each page. There are deep thematic messages that would stretch a kids thinking; although, I'm not sure that 9 & 10 year olds could understand it. I'm not even sure if I understood it!

The book has a sinister feel to it, and I was intrigued. The father's curse words will definitely be an issue; however, I think the author was trying to show his bitterness. I'm glad he hugged the boy at the end of the book, because I saw him more as the villian rather than the rain monster.

This book would be a great tool for teaching metacognition. The thinking I did was pretty intense, and I could definitely see how a gifted child might pursue further study of the Dust Bowl because of this title. I am a little puzzled as to why it was chosen as a Bluebonnet book, and I'd like to read some of his other books to see if all of them are this dark.

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