Author: Rocco, John
After a devastating hurricane, a young boy asks for help rebuilding the neighborhood dock, his favorite place in the world, but finds that his neighbors need help first.
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Reading Level: 3.00
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Kirkus Reviews (08/01/21)
Booklist (+) (09/01/21)
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/07/21)
The Hornbook (+) (00/09/21)
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Booklist - 09/01/2021 *Starred Review* Rocco's latest picture book features a young boy who spends summer days fishing, crabbing, swimming, and gazing from the dock near his home. One day the air feels different: a hurricane is on its way. All through the night he watches and worries as rain and wind pummel his neighborhood. The next morning the storm is gone, along with his beloved dock. He tries unsuccessfully to repair the structure on his own (the neighbors are busy with their own cleanup) and eventually help arrives to properly rebuild the dock. Rocco's digitally enhanced pencil-and-watercolor illustrations capture the idyllic nature of summer at the shore and the hurricane's contrasting dark clouds, torrential rains, and driving wind. His realistic style makes good use of varied panel sizes and shapes, interesting perspectives (looking into a house between boards on a window), and spreads that feature multiple images of the boy involved in various pursuits. Additional details appear in the endpapers, e.g. how a hurricane forms and parts of a dock. An apt companion to Rocco's earlier titles, Blackout (2011) and Blizzard (2014), this ultimately reassuring story will find a niche with curious weather watchers and the growing number of children whose homes are threatened every year by these storms. - Copyright 2021 Booklist.