Bloomsbury Children's Books Zap! Clap! Boom!
Bloomsbury Children's Books Zap! Clap! Boom!

Zap! Clap! Boom!

By Laura Purdie Salas


Publication Date: March 28, 2023

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Ages 3 to 6

This lively, dynamic read-aloud picture book introduces the forces that work together to create a thunderstorm.

Morning’s calm. Outside is still. A blue-forever day until . . .

Stormy clouds begin to rise . . .

and then — with a ZAP! CLAP! BOOM! — a thunderstorm erupts.

Explore the life cycle of a thunderstorm in this informative and engaging picture book. Beautiful papercut art by Elly MacKay depicts the changes in weather from a blue-sky day, to the storm clouds brewing, through the climax of the storm, and all the way to the sparkle that envelopes the landscape after the storm subsides. And author Laura Purdie Salas’s poetic text is sure to have kids chiming in on the refrain — “ZAP! CLAP! BOOM!”

This accessible book is an excellent resource to calm little ones' fears about storms and explain weather to young readers. An author's note delves deeper into the science of thunderstorms.

About the Author

Laura Purdie Salas has written more than 130 books, including Lion of the Sky, Clover Kitty Goes to Kittygarten, and Snowman-Cold=Puddle. Her books have earned the Minnesota Book Award, NCTE Notables, starred reviews, and more. Laura resides in Minnesota, and she loves nature, donuts, and playing with words.

Elly MacKay is an award-winning picture book maker living in Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada with her family. She is the author and illustrator of several books such as Butterfly Park, Red Sky at Night, and If You Hold a Seed. Elly taught both in schools and as an educator at galleries before pursuing a career in picture books. When not creating in the studio, Elly loves visiting schools and libraries to share her love of books, writing and art with young readers and makers.

Format: Hardcover Picture Book

Length: 40 pages

Publisher: Bloomsbury Children's Books

Publication Date: March 28, 2023

ISBN: 9781547602254

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