Tap Tap Boom Boom

by Elizabeth Bluemle
Illustrated by G. Brian Karas

Published by Candlewick Press, 2014
32 pages

Tap Tap Boom Boom
Tap Tap Boom Boom by Elizabeth Bluemle

ISBN: 978–0–7636-5696–6

Ages 3-7

“Sky grumbles. Rain tumbles. Big weather — you’d better … get under umbrella! BOOM BOOM.” A rainstorm in the big city on a summer day means the appearance of umbrellas, a mad dash for the subway, and a spontaneous, generous-spirited gathering belowground. “The storm above makes friends of strangers. We laugh under cover at thunder and danger.” The visual storytelling accompanying the narrative enables readers and listeners to follow a number of individuals as the storm breaks, booms, and eventually moves away. A delight to read aloud, there is ample opportunity for enthusiastic participation with the repetitive onomatopoeia, while the finely crafted rhyming phrases create a satisfying narrative arc. “We wave good-bye. ‘So long! Keep dry!’” Honor Book, 2015 Charlotte Zolotow Award  © Cooperative Children’s Book Center