Title: Tap Tap Boom Boom
Author: Elizabeth Bluemle
Illustrator: G. Brian Karas
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Word Count: 263
Top 10 Element: Rhyme
I am participating in Picture Books 14:14, a challenge created by Christie of Write Wild that encourages bloggers to review 14 picture books in 14 days, starting on Feb. 14th. I am also including this post for Poetry Friday, which this week is being hosted by Heidi at My Juicy Little Universe.
Tap Tap Boom Boom is based on the author's own experience with an urban rain storm. This delightful story reads much like a spoken word piece and is a book that begs to be read aloud, likely again and again. This book is a Charlotte Zolotow Honor Book this year. You can read about the other Zolotow winners here.
Analysis: RhymeAgain, like with Nocturne last week, I have chosen to highlight a picture book for rhyme that is really more about the rhythm than a strict rhyme scheme. The sharp staccato of mainly two-word lines mimics the pattern of the arriving, crashing, and departing storm, while the repetition of the title phrase creates a refrain that echoes through the story.
The opening lines, shown above, give you a taste for the style of this poem. You can find typical rhymes (air/hair) but also alliteration (dark clouds/damp/cold drops/dot) and repetition (tap tap). When I brought this book into my classroom, a group of boys immediately decided to read it out loud to each other. Totally unprompted, the lead reader ended up turning the book into a song.
Try it yourself. See if you can resist the urge.
Want more picture book analyses? Click here to read my other posts for Picture Books 14:14 or check out these other great posts for the Picture Book 14:14 Challenge going on the rest of this month.