Stormy: A Story About Finding a Forever Home – illustrated by Guojing

 Stormy: A Story About Finding a Forever Home – illustrated by Guojing, Schwartz and Wade, 9781524771768, 2019

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5

Genre:  Picture book (wordless)

What did you like about the book? Much has been written about Guojing’s latest masterpiece, but none so thoughtful as the reflections of a class of second-grade students who “read” this book projected onto a big screen in class. Students were on the edges of their seats as Guojing delicately wove a story of friendship, love, trust, and kindness. The children commented on the bold illustrations and how they set the mood and tone and created emotion in ways that words cannot. They loved the drama and the push and pull as the woman worked to earn Stormy’s trust. They rooted for Stormy as he was outside braving the harsh weather, and cheered when he went inside the woman’s apartment and basked in her glow of love. They felt relief that Stormy ended up with a loving home, and appreciated the journey it took to get him there. I enjoyed sharing this lovely, heartfelt story and found myself wiping away a tear or two.

Anything you didn’t like about it? No

To whom would you recommend this book? Dog lovers, those who enjoy wordless books or graphic texts. Everyone will find something to love in this story.

Who should buy this book? Elementary, middle, and public libraries

Where would you shelve it? Picture books

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? YES!!!!

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Linda Broderick, Northboro Public Schools, Northboro, MA

Date of review: 1/22/20

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