Saturday, March 5, 2016

The Storm - a bookwrap


Authored and illustrated by Akiko Miyakoshi

Ages 3-7

Unwrapping some stunning illustrations ...

About the book...

Looking for the perfect book to curl up with and share on a dreary, rainy day?  Well look no farther, "The Storm" is the perfect read. 

A little boy has been eagerly awaiting a trip to the beach with his parents tomorrow.  All week his hopes have been up.  He's been mentally preparing for a lovely family day seaside and he is eager to go.  His teacher tells her class to go straight home after school because a huge storm is fast approaching. Black clouds start to roll in and the wind significantly picks up and howls mercilessly.  Mom and dad close the shutters up tightly and bring in the plants in preparation for the upcoming turbulence.

The little boy is so disappointed as the storm doesn't seem to let up even when it's his bedtime.  His mother tells him unless it stops that the trip is off but not to worry they can go next week. Frustrated he snuggles down underneath his blankets and that seems to give him some temporary relief from tempest brewing outside of his window. 

Finally he drifts off to sleep and dreams he is on a huge ship with huge rotor propellors that blow all the clouds and mayhem away.  In the morning when he opens his curtains he is thrilled to see a beautiful blue sky and bright sunshine staring back through the glass at him.  The storm is magically over and it's beach day for his family once again. Could his dream have had anything to do with that miracle?

The illustrations are black-and-white charcoal and the few colours of blue that Miyakoshi has inserted are just perfect, making the story come alive. The very simple text takes a backseat to the illustrations but both working together make something very powerful and special for the reader. 

This Japanese story is one not to be missed.  Promise.

About the author/illustrator...

Akiko Miyakoshi was born in Saitama, on the island of Honshu in Japan. She began creating picture books while studying visual communication design at Musashino Art University. Her first picture book, The Storm, won the Nissan Children's Storybook and Picture Book Grand Prix.
In 2009, after living in Berlin, Germany, she launched her career creating picture books for young children. Her anticipated follow-up, The Tea Party in the Woods, was her first book translated into English and was received with critical acclaim. She has since been featured in solo exhibitions in Tokyo and has published numerous picture books, which have been translated into French, Spanish and Chinese. She currently lives and works in Tokyo, Japan.

2015 - Best Picture Books of 2015, Kirkus Reviews, Winner

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