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As a little boy gets ready for bed, the sounds of a wild storm echo around him, lulling him to sleep. From the crash of thunder to the pitter-patter of raindrops to the beat of passing cars, the music of the city creates a cozy bedtime soundtrack.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: LG
Reading Level: 3.30
Points: .5 Quiz: 503891
Kirkus Reviews (-) (03/01/19)
School Library Journal (05/01/19)
Full Text Reviews:
Booklist - 04/01/2019 Through rhyming couplets, an African American father teaches his son to look at a nighttime rainstorm in a positive manner instead of being frightened. Rather than telling his child he will be “safe and sound” in bed during the storm, the father explains the boy will be “safe in sound.” The storm's noises are rendered nonthreatening and all allude to music and movement: the rhythm of the rain tapping at the window, the boom of thunder caused by an angelic band, water gurgling in the gutters, and trees dance due to the wind: “the wind it howls, / it blows, / it sings— / nature’s voice: / melody / and strings.” Colorful digital illustrations reveal a cityscape being pummeled by rain from varying perspectives, while the child’s cozy yellow bedroom is calm, warm, and dry. The clean, precise, and hard outlines of apartment and office buildings contrast with the softer illumination of the streetlights and the storm clouds. This optimistic poem has the ability to turn a potentially scary bedtime into an enjoyable, relaxing experience. - Copyright 2019 Booklist.
School Library Journal - 05/01/2019 PreS–As a storm rages outside, a Black father soothes his young son by helping him to find beauty in the sounds of the storm. In this charming poem, Timbaland, Myers, and Kaa Illustration join forces to bring the music of the night to life. Full-page spreads of rich, digitally rendered illustrations mix harmoniously with the lyrical groove of the tapping of rain, rolling thunder, and honking cars create a treat for readers' eyes and ears. This book could help temper the anxieties of children who are afraid of stormy weather or it could be paired with Wendy Cheyette Lewison's Raindrop, Plop! for a lovely rain-themed storytime. VERDICT Beautiful illustrations and a soothing lullaby make this a solid purchase for school and public libraries.—India Winslow, Cary Memorial Library, Lexington, MA - Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.