June 5, 2014
Tap Tap Boom Boom by Elizabeth Bluemle, illustrated by G. Brian Karas
Tap Tap Boom Boom
by Elizabeth Bluemle
illustrated by G. Brian Karas
When the rain starts with a tap tap and a boom boom, the street carts appear. People buy umbrellas and hurry through the down pour, finally taking shelter in the metro station. There strangers chat, listen to music, share pizza and even, when someone needs to head out, give up an umbrella to help someone else out. Finally, the storm lets up and everyone heads out into the sunlight and the puddles . . . until it happens again.
This book isn’t so much a story as a concept — pedestrians in the rain and how a common experience can pull strangers together into a community.
Bluemle’s rhythmic rhyming text creates a fun read aloud experience. You’ll find your young listeners chiming in with the various sound words. And don’t be surprised when they want to talk about times they’ve been caught in a downpour as well as what other types of people the author might have included.
G. Brian Karas’ collage illustrations are a blend of textures as he combines the smooth realistic details of photos with the cartoony look of gauche.
Although the book circles around to a quieter ending, it wouldn’t be a great bed time choice with all the booming and running but it would be a fun way to introduce a group to sound words or weather.