Thunderstorm Dancing by Katrina Germein and Judy Watson

A good, robust thunderstorm is a fine thing. The world goes dark, ominous and kind of thrilling. A young girl’s holidaying family embraces the storm as it rolls in from the sea. They scurry inside and then have a wonderful time dancing and stomping but she is not as charmed by it as she waits with her dog for the storm to pass. The descriptions of the sounds, movement and lightning are very evocative and Katrina Germein’s poetry makes for a great read aloud, she really captures the feeling of a summery thunderstorm and Judy Watson’s illustrations dramatize the event with lots of exuberant joie de vie. Ideal for 2 and up.

Alexa Dretzke is a Children’s & YA Book Specialist at Readings Hawthorn.