1 out of 4 stars
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Why Does It Rain, Thunder and Lightning? by Christopher Woodward is a children’s picture book. This is a common question that many children might ask. This book tells a story about an alternative explanation for why these natural events might occur. It all comes down to a giant named Too-Tall and his moose named Moose. How do these two create thunder, lightning, and rain? You’ll have to read the book to find out.
I liked the story. I thought that it provided a very unique way to explain thunder, lightning, and rain. I found myself laughing a little as I imagined each of the events, and I think children would definitely get a kick out of it. However, the writing style could use a little work. It wasn’t terrible, but the flow of the writing was a little bit off. I would have enjoyed the story more if the writing flowed better.
I also wasn’t a fan of the pictures in this book. While I appreciate that the author drew them himself, I don’t think they really depicted the book as well as they could have. The pictures mostly seemed to be made up of clouds with small glimpses of the characters. I would have really liked to see the characters in the middle of the actions that caused each of the events of a thunderstorm. These pictures, while commendable, were a bit disappointing as they didn’t really tell the story.
The book also did not seem to be edited, which was probably the biggest disappointment for me. There were several errors throughout the book that were distracting, and I wouldn’t want children to come across these errors as they read. I am definitely a firm believer in the importance of proper grammar in children’s books because reading is one way that they learn. This book was definitely lacking in the editing department. There were missing spaces, misspelled words, and incorrect contractions.
I give this book 1 out of 4 stars. If I could give half-star ratings, I would probably give it 1.5 stars because I did like the story. However, I just can’t see giving it more because I can’t recommend it to others. It seemed more like a draft of a book than a book that was ready to be published. While I enjoyed the explanation of thunder, rain, and lightning, I wouldn’t want children to read this book in its current form. I would love to see a revised version of this book in the future because I think it has a lot of potential!
Why Does It Rain Thunder And Lightning?
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