Tap Tap Boom Boom by Elizabeth Bluemle, a book review

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Tap-Tap-Boom-BoomRainy days are the best. Or are they? Too often we blame the rain for ruining our picnics, soccer games and beach trips, when in fact, the rain can cause unforeseen adventures to occur.

I picked up Tap Tap Boom Boom from our local library just before a road trip to Vermont and New Hampshire. Rain was definitely part of our summer lives, so why not read a little more about it. Little did I know that a beautiful poem to the wetter side of city living, along with some finger stopping illustrations were to be found in the pages. I wanted to stare at the illustrations by G. Brian Karas for minutes on end, while the boys wanted to flip to the next page so they could say “Tap Tap Boom Boom” again. I’m not sure who was having more fun with this book.


The story is pretty simple. Written in poetic form, it begins with just a few drops of rain and soon turns into a full-blown storm that the citizens of New York need to hide from by ducking into the subway or huddling under tiny umbrellas. The illustration style is whimsical, mixing classic drawings with photography in a way that I have rarely seen used well, but Karas blends the two perfectly. If this book hasn’t won an illustration award yet, it really needs to very soon. Hopefully he is selling a few prints from the book so parents like me can hang them on their kids’ walls too.

As you can see, this is a book you need to pick up, whether you get it from your local library or you buy it from the book shop. This may be one we have to add to our permanent collection. Our three-week loan just isn’t long enough.


Publisher’s Synopsis: The clouds are gathering above a city street and soon — tap, tap, boom, boom! As a thunderstorm rolls in, people of all stripes race down to the subway to get away from the crackling rain and wind. With quirky wordplay and infectious rhymes, Elizabeth Bluemle crystallizes an unexpected moment of community, while G. Brian Karas’s warm illustrations show the smiles to be had when a storm brings strangers together as friends.

Title: Tap Tap Boom Boom 
Author: Elizabeth Blemle, Illustrator: G. Brian Karas
Publisher: Candlewick (1st edition)
Publication Date: March 25, 2014, $11.69 harcover/$9.99 Kindle
Format: Hardcover and eBook
Language: English
Pages: 32 pages
ISBN: 978-0763656966
For ages: 3 and up

Image Credits: TAP TAP BOOM BOOM. Text copyright © 2014 by Elizabeth Bluemle. Illustrations copyright © 2014 by G. Brian Karas. Reproduced by permission of the publisher, Candlewick Press, Somerville, MA.


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