The Storm in the Barn

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Product Details

Price
$14.99
Publisher
Candlewick Press (MA)
Publish Date
Pages
201
Dimensions
7.62 X 0.6 X 9.0 inches | 1.05 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9780763652906

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About the Author

Matt Phelan is the illustrator of many books for young readers, including Always by Ann Stott and The Higher Power of Lucky by Susan Patron, winner of the 2007 Newbery Medal. The Storm in the Barn is his first graphic novel. He lives in Pennsylvania.

Reviews

Superb graphic-novel evocation of childhood's yearning and triumphs. Phelan turns every panel of this little masterpiece into a spare and melancholy window into another era, capturing an unmistakable sense of time and place... All the more impressive is how he balances fleet pacing (thanks to low word density) with a thoughtful, contemplative homage to storytelling and storytellers, which, in the tradition of the greatest tall tales, presents an empowering message that all a child needs to change the world is courage and ingenuity.
--Booklist (starred review)

A thoughtful, contemplative homage to storytelling and storytellers, which, in the tradition of the greatest tall tales, presents an empowering message that all a child needs to change the world is courage and ingenuity.
--Booklist (starred review)

Children can read this as a work of historical fiction, a piece of folklore, a scary story, a graphic novel, or all four.
--School Library Journal (starred review)

The spare, sketchy lines and soft washes of the mixed-media illustrations underscore the haziness of the dust-filled air...Phelan sensitively conveys the growing despair of the community as they watch their land languish...With its appealing format and touch of fantasy, this tale of coming of age in hard times will entice readers who may otherwise be indifferent to historical fiction.
--Bulletin of the Center of Children's Books (starred review)

Measured, masterful panel pacing....use of color is simply stunning...potent subtext informs both Jack's climactic showdown with the rain figure and the book's tender, triumphant resolution.
--The Horn Book (starred review)